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Catholic Committee on Scouting

Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

February 2020 Update

Dear Scout Friends,

Last week, our diocesan magazine, Catholic Times, included a full-page advertisement listing all the Scouts who earned a religious emblem or recognition through the Catholic Committee on Scouting. These Scouts have worked hard to complete their respective programs and I congratulate them all for a job well done! We had a bumper crop on the number of Ad Altare Dei emblems that were awarded in 2019. I would love to continue seeing more Scouts earn these awards!

To help achieve this goal of getting more awards, I am hosting a training session for adult leaders to be certified to facilitate the various religious awards for older Scouts. See the attached flyer for details. I’m happy to visit other parts of the diocese to do the same, just give me a call! Younger Scouts can work on their respective programs with the guidance of their parents. No special training is needed for Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, God is Love, Family of God or I Live My Faith.

If you have pictures of your Scout Sunday celebrations, please send me some samples. Our communications team is great about sharing these photos on social media. And the National Catholic Committee on Scouting likes to include pictures in their newsletter, too.

Yours in Scouting,

Kyle Holtgrave

Chair, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

Director, Office for Catechesis

Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

1615 West Washington Street

Springfeild, IL 62702-4757

Office:   (217) 698-8500 x. 154


Committee Chaplain:

Fr. Steve Arisman, Pastor, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, Mt. Zion & St. Isidore, Bethany

Ad Altare Dei

Ad Altare Dei classes continue to meet in Springfield. Scouts can start attending at any point in the calendar. To be eligible, a Scout must be in 7th grade or older and have been active in BSA for at least 6 months. Please have a workbook and a Bible for these classes. Workbooks are available at the Scout office or online at https://www.scoutshop.org/catalog/product/view/id/1770. We start at 6:30 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1615 West Washington Street, Springfield.

  • February 9, 2020 ~ Chapter 2: Baptism
  • March 15, 2020 ~ Chapter 5: Reconciliation
  • April 19, 2020 ~ Chapter 3: Confirmation
  • May 17, 2020 ~ Chapter 7: Holy Orders

Pope Pius XII

If any Scouts are interested in working on the Pope Pius XII emblem, I would like to have classes over the summer to complete this program. These classes would be longer so we can get more accomplished in each session. Tentative plans are for selected Sunday afternoons starting in mid-June. Unlike the Ad Altare Dei program where we cover one chapter per class, the Pope Pius XII has several activities that are more in depth. If you have a Scout who is interested, please let me know!

Mary the First Disciple and Spirit Alive

Members of Girl Scouts and other organizations have religious awards, too! If there is interest in having groups from either the Mary the First Disciple recognition or the Spirit Alive recognition, I will be happy to organize something.

Counselor Training

Counselor Training will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland on Saturday, March 7 starting at 9 AM. The purpose of Counselor Training is to familiarize adult leaders on program requirements for the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Mary the First Disciple and the Spirit Alive religious programs for Scouts. Leaders should bring the appropriate leader guide for the program(s) they wish to facilitate. Training takes about three hours depending on group size and number of questions. The hall is located at 12454 IL Highway 143 - Highland, Illinois. If anyone would like to carpool from the Springfield area, please let me know.

If you would like to host training in your area of the diocese, please let me know. I will be happy to set up a date and time to host a class. Call (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.

Membership Statistics ~ BSA Units Chartered by Catholic Parishes and Institutions

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

2018:   47 units, 961 youth members, 437 adult members

2019:   45 units, 1016 youth members, 375 adult members

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: Pisa Bird District, Cahokia Mounds District, Railsplitter District, Redhawk District, and Two Rivers 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

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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The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS) is a group of Catholic lay people and clergy who give guidance, vitality and leadership to the spiritual programs that are available for members of Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts USA and kindred scouting movements in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

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