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About Catholic Scouting

Catholic Scouting plays an important role in the development of young peoples’ relationship with the Lord and with the Church. We are grateful for the Catholic Committee members and our scout leaders for their many hours of dedication and hard work. We hope that more of our youth and adults join in Catholic Scouting and pray that God may continue to bless the work of this very important ministry.


36th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat

Includes High Ropes, Climbing Wall, and Boy Scout-Girl Scout Dance!

For 36 years now, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their Leaders have been gathering the 3rd weekend in September to give a meaningful, spirit-filled beginning to a new year of Scouting. 

To see photos of past retreats, go to: www.facebook.com/nhscoutretreat

Catholic Scouting Recognition Ceremony

On Sunday, April 10, 2016 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, Scouts who have earned religious awards were recognized and adult leaders who have been nominated received awards from Bishop Libasci.

New England Catholic Scouting Conference 

Any adults who work with Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts are invited to attend the New England Catholic Scouting Conference on  Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester MA. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and closes with Mass with Bishop Robert J. McManus at 4 p.m. Keynote address is by the Chair of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, George Sparks. Cost: $50 for Adults, $25 for Youth under 18.

Scouting is a Youth Ministry

The following short videos explain how Scouting can be an integral part of a parish's total youth ministry outreach:

Scouting in the Faith-Based Organization

Scouting Leadership and Responsibilities

For parishes that sponsor Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs, the following explain the leadership structure and the responsibilities that different individuals have in the parish and in the Troop or Pack:

Scout Chaplain & Chaplain Aide Resources

Scouting Policy Change Response

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Regarding Scouting

Statements on Girl Scout Issues

Girl Scouts and the Diocese of Manchester

Religious Emblem Counselor Training

Nomination Forms for Adult Catholic Scouting Awards

(for Boy Scout & Girl Scout Leaders)

Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting was established to give guidance, direction, leadership and vitality to the spiritual component of Scouting within the Diocese of Manchester.

The Catholic Committee on Scouting is responsible for:

  • Promoting scouting as youth ministry for parishes
  • Promoting the religious emblems program and recognitions
  • Training of religious emblem counselors and leaders
  • Providing spiritual enrichment for scouts through various activities such as retreats and prayer services
  • Recognizing those who have completed requirements set forth by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting
  • Recognizing adults who have given of their time and talents
  • Documenting all training and awards
  • Working closely with the Offices of Youth Ministry and Catechetical Formation as well as the whole scouting community to help meet the needs of our youth and leaders

The Catholic Scouting Office provides services to Catholic Scouts under the direction of Rev. Raymond Ball and the Catholic Committee on Scouting.

CLICK HERE for the Catholic Scouting Religious Programs Price List (pdf)

Rosary and Saint Patches

Youth and adults may earn big, beautiful 5" Rosary Patches and 4" Saint Patches. They are available through the National Catholic Committee on Scouting for anyone to earn--adults, boys and girls, scouts and non-scouts. Go to: http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/religious-activities and www.nccgscf.org.

For more information, please contact:
Rev. Raymond A. Ball
(603) 224-4393

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

© Diocese of Manchester