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Scouts who wish to complete the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Mary the First Disciple or The Spirit Alive programs must work with an adult who has been trained to help with these programs and has permission from the local pastors to work with the group. The Training Committee of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting offers a Counselor Training course so adults can learn their role with these programs. Training is valid for three years.

Counselor Training Schedule

  • Nothing new on the calendar right now

To schedule Counselor Training in your area, please contact Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500 x. 154

Trained Counselors in the Diocese

The following are trained counselors for the Ad Altare Dei emblem, facilitators for the Pope Pius XII emblem and moderators for Mary, the First Disciple and the Spirit Alive recognitions:

Current through July 19, 2019

  • Duane Holzinger, St. Paul, Highland
  • Suzanna Ranson, Holy Cross, Auburn
  • Brian Bagby, St. Boniface, Edwardsville
  • Chris Lay, Mother of Perpetual Help, Maryville
  • Rita Schaefer, St. Peter Cathedral, Belleville
  • David Dempsey, St. Boniface, Edwardsville

Current through November 28, 2019

  • Lynn Huber, St. John Paul II, Mt. Olive.

Current through February 20, 2021

  • Fr. Hyland Smith, St. Charles, Charleston
  • Wes Cattoor, St. Joseph the Worker, Chatham
  • Michael Halbrook, Holy Family, Granite City
  • Christina Spa, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
Current through August 28, 2021
  • Kent Anderson, St. Peter, Quincy
  • Deacon Jeffrey Wolf, St. Peter, Quincy
  • Chris Hagedorn, St. Peter, Quincy
  • Gina Bergman, St. Peter, Quincy
  • Chris Gill, St. Peter, Quincy
  • Julie Radel, St. Francis Solanus, Quincy
  • Joe Henning, Blessed Sacrament, Quincy
  • Darin Huntely, Blessed Sacrament, Quincy
  • Tim Smith, Blessed Sacrament, Quincy

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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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