Catholic Committee on Scouting (CCS)

Diocese of Wichita, Kansas

Youth Emblems (may only be earned once)

Booklets for the various emblems may be purchased at the Boy Scout and Girl Scout offices.

Please note: Youth working on the Ad Altare Dei, Marian Medal, Pope Pius XII, and Spirit Alive emblems will be required to appear before a Board of Review assembled by the Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Also, adults who serve as counselors for the Ad Altare Dei, Marian Medal, Pope Pius XII, and Spirit Alive programs MUST have received training by the CCS within the past 5 years prior to working on the program.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing

There are five youth religious emblems available through the NCCS: two that can be earned by Cub Scouts, one of two that can be earned by Boy Scouts, and one that can be earned by Boy Scouts and Venturers. All participants must be Catholic and be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Click on the emblem names to open a new window with NCCS requirements.

Cub Scout emblems are completed in a family setting with
assistance of a trained Religious Emblems coordinator. These programs
take approximately two months to complete.

1) The Light of Christ emblem can be earned by Tiger and Wolf Cub Scouts (grades 1 and 2).

2) The Parvuli Dei emblem can be earned by Bear and Webelos Cub Scouts (grades 3-5).

The Ad Altare Dei and Light is Life emblems are completed during scheduled meetings led by a trained Religious Emblems Counselor, with outside homework,  and take approximately 5-7 months to complete.

3) The Ad Altare Dei emblem can be earned by Boy Scouts who have completed 6th grade as well as male and female Venturing Crew members and Sea Scouts.

4) The Light is Life emblem can be earned by Eastern Catholic Boy Scouts as well as male and female Venturing Crew members and Sea Scouts..

5) The Pope Pius XII emblem is completed at scheduled meetings led by the participants, and moderated by a trained Religious Emblems Moderator, with outside homework. It takes approximately 9-12 sessions (4-6 months) to complete. The emblem can be earned by any male or female who has started the 9th grade.

Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, Other

There are five Catholic Religious Emblems available to Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, and other groups approved by the Wichita CCS through the NCCGSCF. (Boys may be able to earn these emblems also). (The Wichita CCS is not aware of any Camp Fire units located in the diocese.)

1) The God is Love program is for children who are in kindergarten or first grade. It is an activity series developed to complement the catechetical efforts of the parish and families.

2) The Family of God program is for children in grades 2-3. Its purpose is to help girls and boys explore a wide range of activities to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of a family, a parish, and the Catholic Church.

3) The I Live My Faith program is designed to help Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members in grades 4-6, appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in their daily lives.

4) Through Mary, the First Disciple (Marian Medal), young Catholics (grades 7-10) will grow in appreciation of Mary and in understanding themselves. They will meet Mary in Scripture as a young teenager and will follow her journey, as she becomes a woman and the Mother of God.

5) The Spirit Alive program is designed for Catholic youth in high school who are in the Senior level of Girl Scouts or are Horizon Club members of Camp Fire. It assists them in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the Church’s ministry. (This booklet may not be available at the Girl Scout office. If not, please contact Kathy Petr.)

Youth Recognition Ceremony

Each year, our diocese holds a Youth Recognition ceremony to honor those Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts, Venturing Crew members, and Camp Fire USA boys and girls. It is normally a Mass celebrated by the Bishop the second Sunday of June.

For more information contact Kathy Petr of the CCS. Her information is on the Contacts page.


Last updated 11/7/15