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August 2017 Update

Message from the Diocesan Committee Chair

Dear Friends,

The summer season is winding down and it's time to think about back to school activities. As you plan your Scout activities, don't forget the retreat that is coming up! And I will start Ad Altare Dei classes again in a few weeks. I will have details for both in the next week or so. Details will be discussed at this month's committee meeting.

New religious awards have been published by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. Details are below. And look for information about a new conference that debuted last winter at Florida Sea Base. I am planning to participate once registration information is made available.

I was finally able to do an audit of Catholic units in the diocese. Below is a report of the number of units as well as members over the past few years. You may recall that about two years ago the Knights of Columbus announced that they were directing their subordinate councils and assemblies to no longer sponsor BSA units. The good news is that most of the 15 units affected by this change have migrated to a Catholic parish. The bad news is that we still lost 4 of those 15 units. Since these units are no longer in a Catholic institution, I am no longer able to contact their charter organizations to promote any Duty to God initiatives through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. Let us all pray that we see new growth in our Scouting programs despite this setback in charter organizational partnerships!

Yours in Scouting,
Kyle Holtgrave
Chair, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
(217) 698-8500, ext. 154

Diocesan Committee Meeting
The next meeting for the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting is Sunday, August 27 at 2 PM at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield. The agenda includes planning for the upcoming Scout retreat and to outline the year-round schedule of Ad Altare Dei classes that will be available in Springfield. I am still interested in chartering an American Heritage Girls troop in Springfield. All are invited participate in the work of the committee! The only limitation we have for providing activities and service to Duty to God in Scouts is volunteers to help plan and implement these activities and services!!!

Counselor Training
Adults who would like to facilitate participation in the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Mary the First Disciple or the Spirit Alive religious awards need to be trained through the Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Ad Altare Dei Classes
Scouts in 7th grade or older are invited to learn more about the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem on Sunday, August 27. We will meet at 4 PM at the Catholic Pastoral Center to review the requirements of the award and outline a schedule of classes over the course of the upcoming school year. Contact Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154 for more information. Classes will be scheduled throughout the school year and Scouts can enter the series at any time throughout the process until all requirements are met.

National Catholic Unit Excellence Award
Information about the National Catholic Unit Excellence Award is now available. This award is for units chartered by a Catholic institution and is for the calendar year.

Religious Activities Updated
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has added a variety of new religious awards to their series. Check out for all the details!

Membership Statistics
2014: 57 units, 1251 youth members, 537 adult members
2015: 59 units, 1569 youth members, 595 adult members
2016: 57 units, 1492 youth members, 601 adult members
2017: 52 units, 1105 youth members, 484 adult members - four units were lost due to Knights of Columbus no longer chartering BSA units (1 didn't recharter until last week, so we should have 53 now)
• Pack 3126 from Godfrey
• Troop 1216 from Glen Carbon
• Pack 335 from Effingham
• Troop 335 from Effingham

Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting Meeting Schedule
• August 27, 2 PM, Catholic Pastoral Center, Springfield
• October 22
• December 3

August 27 Catholic Committee on Scouting meeting & Ad Altare Dei information meeting
October 22 Scout Retreat, Christ the King, Springfield

Executive Committee
Fr. Steve Arisman
Pastor, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, St. Isidore

Kyle Holtgrave
Director, Office for Youth &Young Adult Ministry

Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
c/o Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry
1615 West Washington Street
Springfeild, IL 62702-4757
Office: (217) 698-8500 x. 154
Cell: (217) 622-4994

The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting serves the 28 counties in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. This area covers all or portions of 5 Boy Scout Councils and 2 Girl Scout Councils including:
• Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
• Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
• Mississippi Valley Council, Eagle Ridge District
• Greater St. Louis Council, Pisa Bird District and Cahokia Mounds District
• Abraham Lincoln Council
• Prairielands Council, Douglas County
• Lincoln Trails Council

Counties include:
Adams, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, and Shelby

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 August 2017 11:48
Diocese of Springfield