"Quest for God" Annual Scout Retreat
May 4 - 6
Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs
The Quest for God retreat is open to any youth, whether or not they are involved in scouting. The retreat program will all take place on Saturday, May 5, and will be comprised of discussions and activities to model ways to continue on our Quest for God. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and closing Mass and awards presentation will be at 7 p.m. with Bishop Scharfenberger.
Cost is $10/person, which includes dinner and patches. Please bring a bagged lunch.
Click here for registration form.
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.
Character: Scouting’s values combined with the Gospel values are the basis for developing young people 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.
Citizenship: The Scout unit is one type of community. The home, parish, and civic communities are others to which a Scout belongs. Through Scouting programs and activities young people 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.
Award programs for Catholic Girl Scouts, registered leaders, and troops
- Family of God, ages 7-9
- I Live My Faith, ages 9-11
- Marian Medal, ages 12-15
- Spirit Alive, Senior Scouts
- International Catholic Neighbor, all ages
- Saint Anne Medal, a national adult recognition
- Letters of congratulations and certificates for Gold Award
- More information on requirements can be found at http://www.nccgscf.org
Award programs for Catholic Cub and Boy Scouts, registered leaders, and troops
- Light of Christ, grades 1-2
- Parvuli Dei, grades 3- 5
- Ad Altare Dei, grades 7-12
- Pius XII, grades 9 to college
- International Awareness Activity, all ages
- Pope Paul VI, special unit recognition
- Bronze Pelican Medal, diocesan adult award
- St. George Medal, national recognition for adults
- Letters of congratulations and certificates of achievement for Eagle Scouts
- More information on requirements can be found here.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Awards for Girl Scouts
- Child Jesus, grade 3
- Kateri Tekakwitha, grades 5-6
- Christian Heritage, grades 5-6
- Christian Heritage, grades 7-10
- Annual Bishop’s Award, diocesan award for outstanding troops
- Saint Elizabeth Seton Medal, a diocesan adult award