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BSA Emblems

Religious Emblems

“No boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God” (Lord Baden-Powell, quoted in the 2011 Handbook for Scouts). The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has developed over the years programs that help youth see their duties to God and community sharing many features with the obligations of their membership in Scouting. The first religious emblem recognized by the Boy Scouts of America was the Ad Altare Dei emblem developed by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Originally a recognition earned by altar boys who were also Boy Scouts, it brought the idea of service at the altar to service in all areas of one’s life. There are now emblems developed by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting for all phases of a Scout’s career.

Religious emblems are awarded through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and each emblem presents an opportunity for the parish clergy to support and confirm the growth in Catholic virtue and the importance of attending to both spiritual as well as material growth and knowledge in the Scout and with his or her family. Completion of each emblem and endorsement by the Scout’s parish is recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with the presentation of the youth religious emblem square knot. This knot is a silver square knot embroidered on a purple rectangle patch which is then worn on the uniform for the remainder of a scout’s tenure in Scouting – even into adulthood. 

 

Upcoming Religious Emblems Classes

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. The Catholic Pastoral Center is located at 1615 West Washington Street in Springfield. To schedule classes in other parts of the diocese, contact Kyle at .

August 29, 2021 ~ Orientation Meeting

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.

 

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