Duty to God and Duty to Country. These principles are the foundation on which the boy and girl scout programs are built. The primary mission of scouting is to inspire girls and boys with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. The motivating force in Scouting is a spiritual one. The scout movement encourages boys, girls and adult members to become stronger in their own faith.
Catholic Religious Emblems Program
The four Roman Catholic emblem programs are
- Light of Christ – for Tiger or Wolf Cub Scouts (requirements must be completed before start of 3rd grade)
- Parvuli Dei – for Bear or Webelos Cub Scouts
- Ad Altare Dei – for Boy Scouts (must have completed 6th grade)
- Pope Pius XII – for Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers (must have started 9th grade)
Details of each emblem can be found on the National Catholic Committee on Scouting Religious Emblems page.
Programs in Northern Colorado
In northern Colorado, the Catholic Emblems programs are overseen by the Northern Colorado Catholic Committee on Scouting and are taught by trained volunteer leaders.
The Catholic Committee on Scouting and Camp Fire of the the Archdiocese of Denver is a church committee which assists the Archdiocese in its spiritual development ministry to youth through Scouting and Camp Fire activities.
The Northern Colorado Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCCS) is one of three committees in the Denver Archdiocese and the one that serves most of Longs Peak Council including Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Jackson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties.
NCCCS assists young men and women in the Scouting and Camp Fire programs to enhance their spiritual growth in their Catholic faith my obtaining Religious Emblems, thus also responding to their promise to God.
Northern Colorado Catholic Emblems Counselors
- Boulder – n/a
- Fort Collins – Kelley Wittmeyer – 970 491-8585
- Longmont – Rita Levine
- Loveland – Debbie Kelly – 970 663-5779
- NCCCS Chair – Irene Louise Bigot – 303-652-2724
- Emblems Chair – Kris Peterson
- Girl Scouts – Sharon Brubaker
(Webmaster note: If no contact info is listed for the Counselor, we are waiting for permission to publish it.)
Cost of the emblems classes does not exceed $25. Some areas receive gifts to bring their program cost down. All Catholic Junior High and High School Boy and Girl Scouts are invited to attend a yearly religious retreat. Sharon Brubaker is the contact person. Note that some programs, such as Ad Altari Dei, do a retreat as part of the program and may or may not participate in the NCCCS sponsored retreat.
Are you interested in running an emblems class in your area?
Training is offered for Catholic Scout Leaders who are called to be coordinators or counselors for the Religious Emblems. If you would like to be trained, please send an email email to Kelley Wittmeyer.
Protestant Religious Emblem Program
A Scout is Reverent … Scouts are encouraged to learn more about their Duty to God by earning the Religious Emblem of their faith. These programs are offered by many
Upon completion of the Religious Emblem curriculum, a Scout is presented his medal in a church service, and may wear the purple religious knot on his uniform.
For additional information about the religious emblem program:
Protestant God & Country emblem programs
- God & Me for Cub Scouts grades 1-3
- God & Family for Webelos Scouts grades 4-5
- God & Church for Boy Scouts grades 6-8
- God & Life for Boy Scouts/Explorers/Venturers grades 9-12
Fort Collins Classes – Fall 2015/2016
(any Scout willing to travel to Ft. Collins is welcome to attend)
First United Methodist Church
1005 Stover St (Fort Collins)
Tuesday Evenings for 6 nights. (God & Me for first 5 nights only).
Volunteer adult counselors under the supervision of the Pastor Charles Murray, Lead Pastor at First United Methodist Church.
We STRONGLY prefer email to Matt Putman
If you do not have access to e-mail, call 970-443-0554, evenings.
Please provide the following information for each Scout registering:
- Scout’s Name
- Scouts Grade
- Parent or guardian name
- Daytime and evening phone numbers
- Adult email
- Scout’s Unit # (Specify Troop or Pack)
Matt will confirm your registration and give you his address to send a check to cover the cost of book and materials.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS NOVEMBER 13th, 2015