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May 2021 Update

Dear Scout Friends,

This month’s big project for the Catholic Committee on Scouting is creating a resource for parishes so they have a better understanding of how to work with BSA units chartered by that parish. This parish guide is intended to offer operational and programmatic guidance to pastors and administrators who choose to charter Boy Scouts of America units at their parishes so that our parish communities can be a strong source of encouragement and support for a Scout’s Duty to God and so that our Boy Scouts of America units can be more fully integrated into the life and mission of the parish.

This project grew from a simple letter that explained to pastors that have BSA units chartered in their parishes some of the insurance questions that come up periodically. My hope is to have a comprehensive guide that pastors and parish leaders can refer to so they understand how BSA units are official parish organizations and what that means administratively. If you have suggestions on topics that should be included in this guide, please let me know.

In other news, committee meetings and emblems classes are scheduled to resume in August! Details below.

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

Committee Meetings Resume In Person

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

Workbooks for Religious Emblems

It has come to the attention of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting that some Scouts are having trouble obtaining Religious Emblem workbooks due to low supply in their local Scout Shops. Please share with your units and contacts that all Catholic Religious Emblem workbooks are available directly from NCCS through the on-line store: https://www.nccs-bsa.org/store/productcategory/workbooks/. Prices are the same as in the Scout Shop and shipping is quick.

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 at the Catholic Pastoral Center! These classes will be the 4th Sunday of the month starting at 6:30 PM starting in August and skipping December since that schedule would fall between the holidays.

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.

To RSVP for the August 29 orientation meeting, please contact me at .

If classes in Springfield are not convenient, I am happy to host classes in other parts of the diocese. I am also happy to train more counselors who can facilitate programs locally, too.

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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