Youth Religious Emblems
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing
There are five Youth Religious Emblems available through the
NCCS: two that can be earned by Cub Scouts, one of two that can be
earned by Boy Scouts, and one that can be earned by Boy Scouts and
Venturing crew members. They are:
- The Light of Christ emblem can be earned by Tiger and Wolf Cub Scouts.
- The Parvuli Dei emblem can be earned by Bear and Webelos Cub Scouts.
- The Ad Altare Dei emblem can be earned by Roman Catholic Boy Scouts.
- The Light is Life emblem can be earned by Eastern Catholic Boy Scouts.
- The Pope Pius XII emblem can be earned by older
Boy Scouts and Venturing crew members. Click on the emblem names to
open a new window with NCCS requirements.
Cub Scout emblems are completed in a family
setting with assistance of a trained Religious Emblems coordinator.
These programs take approximately two months to complete. The Ad Altare
Dei and Light is Life emblems are completed during scheduled meetings
led by a trained Religious Emblems Counselor, with outside homework, and
take approximately 5-7 months to complete. The Pope Pius XII emblem is
completed at scheduled meetings led by the participants, and moderated
by a trained Religious Emblems Moderator, with outside homework. It
takes approximately 9-12 sessions (4-6 months) to complete.
Upon completion, each candidate will meet with their parish priest,
or his designate, to review what the Scout/Venturing crew member has
learned. After this review, the Scout/Venturing crew member will receive
a BSA religious knot at an appropriate unit presentation (Pack Meeting,
Court of Honor), and the religious emblem at a parish/diocesan
In the Diocese of Buffalo, order your recognition and emblems
from the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. See below for
Girl Scouts and Camp Fire
There are four Catholic Religious Emblems available to Girl Scouts and Camp Fire offered through the NFCYM/NCCGSCF.
- The Family of God program is the official
religious recognition program of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S.A.
for children ages 7-9, who are enrolled in the Girl Scouts of the
U.S.A., Camp Fire USA, and The Junior Catholic Daughters of the
Americas. The Family of God is an activity series developed to
complement the catechetical efforts of the parish and families with
children in the second and third grades.
- The I Live My Faith program is designed to help
Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members, ages 9-11, appreciate more deeply
the place that God and religion occupy in their daily life.
- Through Mary, the First Disciple (Marian
Medal), young Catholics (ages 12-15) will grow in appreciation of Mary
and in understanding themselves. They will meet Mary in Scripture as a
young teenager and will follow her journey, as she becomes a woman and
the Mother of God.
- The Spirit Alive program is designed for
Catholic youth in high school who are in the Senior level of Girl Scouts
or are Horizon Club members of Camp Fire. It assists them in
discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to
greater participation in the church's ministry.
For more details about the religious emblems for girls, please follow this link to the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA.
Youth Recognition Ceremony
Each year, our diocese holds a Youth Recognition Ceremony to honor those
Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts, Venturing Crew members, and Camp Fire USA
boys and girls. The ceremony takes place at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50
Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.
Note that the 2018 ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 21st.
Ordering Religious Emblems and Recognitions
For more information contact:
795 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203-1250
Religious Emblems Chair and Training contact: