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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.

Celebrate Youth Leadership 

World Youth Day 2013

Celebrate Youth Leadership is a tremendous opportunity to recognize those who set their hope in the living God through their witness. The event inspires us to continue to serve the young church with enthusiasm and dedication as we strive to include them in the life of our faith communities. This day was celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on October 20, 2013. Bishop Libasci celebrated the Liturgy of the Word which was followed by an awards presentation and a reception. 

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Bronze Pelican Award

The Bronze Pelican Award is given by the Diocese of Manchester to an adult registered with the Boy Scouts of America who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual growth of Catholic youth in the Boy Scout program through exemplary service. This award is given to recognize those whose efforts have helped to promote the spiritual development of the Boy Scouts such as

  • Serving as a counselor, moderator or coordinator; promoting the religious emblems programs for Catholic Scouts and others.
  • Promoting Catholic Scout activities and Scout service projects for the church and being willing to serve on committees for those purposes.
  • Participating and helping at the annual Diocesan Scout Retreat and promoting the retreat within Scout units.
  • Showing outstanding service and commitment in organizing and maintaining Catholic-chartered Scouting units.
  • Ensuring the opportunity for Scouts and leaders to attend Mass at camporees and summer camps and also providing for the spiritual needs of non-Catholic Scouts.
  • Providing leadership and examples of commitment to the Catholic faith in organizing Scout Sun days, religious award presentation, and other religious events.


Douglas J. Dawley
Parish of the Assumption
Dover, New Hampshire




Catholic Scouting Recognition Ceremony

On Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, Scouts who have earned religious awards will be recognized and adult leaders who have been nominated will receive awards from the Bishop.

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 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 Badges

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: www.nccs-bsa.org/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

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