The Diocesan Office of Faith Formation, through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, oversees all aspects of Catholic Scouting for both girls and boys across Southeast Iowa. Our primary function is to facilitate preparation for Catholic Religious Emblem programs. We serve as a resource to leaders needing materials or guidance in preparing youth, and also serve as the source for emblems and pins once a scout has completed requirements. We are eager to provide other spiritual opportunities for scouts, given the interest and collaboration of their leaders.
We realize that situations vary around our diocese. Some scouts belong to units chartered by a parish or Catholic organization, often preparing in larger groups to receive a Catholic Scouting emblem. Another scout might be the only Catholic in his/her unit, and might journey alone in preparing. We hope to serve all Catholic scouts and the leaders who guide them.
This year's Catholic Camporee, "The Quest for the West," will take place April 29-May 1. All Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members are invited to this faith filled camporee. Individuals, troops and crews are invited to attend.
The camporee will take place at Camp Wakonda near Central City, Iowa. On Friday evening, campers will participate in a fellowship cracker barrel, prayer and a campfire. A morning prayer and flag opening ceremony will take place Saturday morning, followed by a meadow canoe challenge course, archery, axe throwing and lashing challenge. Buck skinners will be on site to show their skills and stories. Campers will also explore their navigational skills through a cross-country navigation game. At the end of the day, campers will celebrate and evening Mass with Father Ron Hodges and reflect on the day's activities. A dinner and evening campfire will follow.
This event satisfies the retreat requirement for the Ad Altare Dei.
To register or for more information visit Hawkeyecatholic.eventbrite.com. Deadline to apply is April 25. Walk-in scouts will also be accepted during weekend registration.
Catholic Scouting Emblem Programs
The information most scouts and leaders are looking for are found on these pages:
Boy scout emblem programs
Girl scout emblem programs
Note to Leaders
All leaders working with scouts on religious emblem programs must be compliant with diocesan safe environment policy, which includes the completion of a criminal background check and Virtus training. If you are not compliant, please contact your local pastor or parish faith formation leader for information about Virtus sessions and to initiate a background check.
Here to Help You:
Barbara Butterworth/ Administrative Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org / (563) 888-4240). Barb is your go-to person for the booklets you'll need to prepare scouts in these programs. She also processes the applications for medals and ships these to you.Please note, requests run higher earlier in the year, prior to Scout Sunday celebrations. If you are preparing scouts to receive emblems, it's a good idea to e-mail Barb with the number of emblems you hope to need so she can update our inventory.
Scout Chaplain: Fr. Ron Hodges (email@example.com / (641) 628-3078). Fr. Ron is the parochial vicar of St. Mary's in Pella and St. Mary's in Oskaloosa. He grew up as a scout in Indianola and rose to the rank of Eagle. He also was awarded the Bronze Pelican award for Catholic scouters while serving as a priest in Indiana. Fr. Ron serves as spiritual adviser to our Catholic Scouting efforts. Contact him if you're interested in organizing a special event or activity for your Catholic Scouts, or if you have a question or concern that your local pastor can't answer.
OPPORTUNITIES TO ENHANCE YOUR CATHOLIC SCOUTING EXPERIENCE
We are eager to provide training opportunities for adults guiding youth in preparation for religious emblems. Please contact Don Boucher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (563) 888-4242 if you're interested in training. Some leaders are trained and willing to work with youth from other units in their area; contact Don Boucher if you'd like to connect your scouts with these leaders. The lack of trained leaders should not be an impediment to a scout willing to pursue an emblem program. For guidance, contact Don Boucher. Diocesan Committee on
Catholic Scouting. A diocesan committee is being reconstituted. If you would like to serve on this committee or know of a scout leader who would be an asset to it, please contact Barb Butterworth email@example.com.
Diocesan Scout Sunday Celebrations. If adult leaders are interested and willing to collaborate in planning, we would like to offer a diocesan Scout Sunday celebration (or regional celebrations) every year, including Mass with our bishop and/or our diocesan Catholic Scouting chaplain.
Preparation Programs, Retreats and Camping Experiences for Catholic Scouts. There is a great value in bringing scouts from deaneries (regions) or around the diocestogether, whether to prepare for emblems or simply to pray out in nature in a retreat or campout. Please contact us if you're interested in helping coordinate such an experience.
Girl Scouts and Faith
The following links will provide background and context on the relationship between Girl Scouts and Catholic faith formation.
Year of Mercy Patch
A Year of Mercy Patch has been developed by the NCCGSCF. The requirements are currently available on the NCCGSCF website. The patch will ship to purchasers beginning April 1.