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Catholic Scouting (Boy Scouts of America)

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The Catholic Church is the third largest scouting partner of Boy Scouts of America.[1] They also sponsor scouting in many other countries of the world as their primary youth activity program.


The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.29 billion members worldwide.[4] As one of the oldest religious institutions in the world, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation.[5] Headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope, the church's doctrines are summarised in the Nicene Creed. Its central administration, the Holy See, is in the Vatican City, enclaved within Rome, Italy.

Religious Scouting Awards

See also NCCS-BSA.ORG - National Catholic Committee on Scouting.


  • Light of Christ: Designed for 6-7 years old Cub Scouts
  • Parvuli Dei: Designed for 8-10 years old Cub Scouts.
  • Ad Altare Dei: Designed for any youth of the Roman Catholic Faith who is registered in a BSA Troop or Crew..
  • Pope Pius XII: Designed for Venturing Crew Members and Boy Scouts 15 years old and older.
  • Light is Life: Designed for Boy Scouts, 12 -13 years old of the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches. Scouts in the Eastern Catholic Churches work on Light is Life rather than the Ad Altare Dei emblem.

Religious Activities

There are Five Series of Religious Activities and two International Activities, to which interested youth and adults will find fun and easy ways to learn more about their faith, Catholic role models and become more aware of the faith community and cultures around the world.

Eligibility: All youth and adults—Scouts or non-Scouts, Catholic or non-Catholic, male or female—are welcome to participate in the Religious Activities provided by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting®. The Five Series of Religious Activities, include: Rosary Series, Marian Series, Footsteps of American Saints, Footsteps of Modern Saints and Faith Series. The International Activities include International Awareness and Blessed Are Merciful - Keep The Lamp Burning Activities. All of these activities may be used by groups, families, schools, or any Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, Girl Scout, American Heritage Girl, or Campfire USA.


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