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September 2021 Update

Dear Scout Friends,

One exciting initiative that the Religious Relationships Committee for the Greater St. Louis Area Council BSA has championed is to include a “Duty to God Moment” in the district roundtable trainings held throughout the council. The concept is to have a dedicated time during the roundtable program for the district religious emblems coordinator to deliver a brief reminder to everyone present about a Scout’s Duty to God. Much like the Scoutmaster Minute in Scouts BSA, these Duty to God Moments will hopefully impart a significant point for participants to consider in their careers as Scouters. Attached are the August and September versions of these “moments” which, perhaps, can be a moment of inspiration for you as well.

Yours in Scouting,

Kyle Holtgrave

Chair, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

(217) 698-8500 x. 154

(217) 622-4994 (cell)


Fr. Steve Arisman

Chaplain, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

Pastor, St. Francis Solanus, Quincy

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Committee Meetings Resume In Person

Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting will meet on the 4th Sunday of the month at 4 PM. All are welcome!

Goals for the next meeting are:

To plan counselor training so more emblems groups can meet throughout the diocese

To review current unit saturation and identify potential areas underserved by Scouts in the diocese

To create a publicity campaign for religious emblems and recognitions

To schedule and promote at least two Duty to God day camps in different locations in the diocese

To develop a communication strategy to contact each Catholic Charter Organization quarterly

Ad Altare Dei Class for 2021-2022

I am happy to announce that classes for the Ad Altare Dei (To the Altar of God) religious emblem are resuming! These classes will be the 4th Sunday of the month. The location has moved to Our Lady of Lourdes in Decatur to accommodate the cohort that is forming from that area. If there are other areas of the diocese that would like to have a group of Scouts earn the emblem, I will be happy to make arrangements.

September 26, 2021 ~ Chapter 1: Introduction to Ad Altare Dei

October 24, 2021 ~ Chapter 8: Matrimony

November 21, 2021 ~ Chapter 6: Anointing of the Sick

January 23, 2022 ~ Chapter 4: Eucharist

February 27, 2022 ~ Chapter 2: Baptism

March 27, 2022 ~ Chapter 5: Reconciliation

April 24, 2022 ~ Chapter 3: Confirmation

May 22, 2022 ~ Chapter 7: Holy Orders

A retreat day will be added once more information is available.

The Ad Altare Dei program is designed for Scouts who are at least in 7th grade and a registered member of a Boy Scout Troop for at least 6 months. Participants are expected to be involved in the regular activities of their home parish, including religious formation and Sunday Mass. Non-Catholics are welcome and encouraged to participate fully in this religious emblem study to learn more about the Catholic faith.

Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting serves the 28 counties in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. This area covers all or portions of 4 Boy Scout Councils and 2 Girl Scout Councils including:

  • Girl Scouts of Central Illinois: Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian, Douglas, Greene, Macon, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby Counties
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois: Bond, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Jersey, Macoupin, and Madison Counties
  • Mississippi Valley Council BSA: Eagle Ridge District ~ Adams, Pike and Brown Counties
  • Greater St. Louis Council BSA: Piasa Bird District, Cahokia Mounds District, Arrowhead District, and Redhawk District
  • Abraham Lincoln Council BSA: All districts ~ Honest Abe District, Log Cabin/Railsplitter District, Lincoln Home District
  • Prairielands Council BSA: Prairie Fire District ~ Douglas County; Many Trails District ~ northern portion of Edgar County

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

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