Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

The Diocesan Committee on Scouting is dedicated to promoting “Duty to God” at each level of Scouting.

Scouting is Youth Ministry

The goals of Catholic youth ministry match Scouting’s three aims: Character development, preparation for responsible citizenship and physical and mental fitness.

Goal 1:
To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

Scouting’s values combine with the Gospel values taught by the Catholic Church are the basis for developing youths whose good character is based on the Gospel. The religious emblems programs offer a form of catechesis that is age- and grade-specific for each of the program phases of Scouting. Youth leadership positions in the Scout unit help to provide opportunities for youths to put good Christian leadership into practice.

Goal 2:
To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.

The Scout unit is one type of community. The home, parish, and civic communities are others to which a Scout belongs. In Scouting programs and activities they learn how to responsible members of their various communities.

Goal 3:
To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

Physical and mental fitness: Scouting promotes holistic fitness. Some activities and programs are designed to develop healthful habits of diet and exercise. The challenges of learning new skills and exploring careers and hobbies through the activity and advancement programs stimulate the intellectual capabilities of the Scout. The spiritual values imparted through the religious emblems programs, Scout retreats and the ideals of Scouting contribute to sound spiritual growth.

Contact email: scouting@rcda.org

Peter Derway,  Diocesan Committee Chairman
Coordinator, Boy Scout Awards
Phone: (518) 791-8095.

Deacon Peter Quinn - Diocesan Chaplain
Phone: (518) 794-0544

Deacon William Gaul - Chaplain Emeritus

Mark Wilson - Cub Scout Award Coordinator
Phone: (518) 496-5130

Grace Fay- Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, Junior Catholic Daughters of America, and Trefoil Girls Chairperson
Region 2 Representative to NCCGSCF
Phone: (518) 424-6329