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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.

Catholic Scouting Recognition Ceremony

The next Catholic Scouting Recognition Ceremony takes place Sunday April 2, 2017 at 2 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell St. in Manchester with Bishop Peter Libasci. The Bishop will recognize all Scouts (boys and girls) who have earned religious awards in the past year, as well as present awards to adults.

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DOWNLOAD an invitation letter

NOMINATE an adult for a religious award.

1st Annual Faith and Fun Day!

All Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in Grades 1-5 are invited to a Faith and Fun Day, put on by the Catholic Scouting Committee of the Diocese of Manchester. It takes place on Saturday, April 22 from 9 am - 3 pm at Camp Carpenter, 300 Blondin Road in Manchester. Enjoy themed games and reflections based on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Cost: $5 per child. Adults are free.

A responsible adult must remain with each child throughout the day. Everyone must bring their own lunch. Open to youth of all faiths.


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37th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat!

For 37 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. This year's retreat will be held on Friday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Camp Fatima, 32 Fatima Rd., Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Cost: $10 for scouts, $7 for adults.

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To see photos of past retreats, go to:

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 as Youth Ministry 1

Scouting as Youth Ministry 2

Scouting as Youth Ministry 3

Scouts assisting Pope John Paul II

Scouting in the Faith-Based Organization

Scouting as Applied Christianity

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:

Scouting Leadership and Responsibilities Attachment

Scout Chaplain & Chaplain Aide Resources

Scout Chaplain & Chaplain Aide Manual

Scout Chaplain & Chaplain Aide Handbook

Scout Chaplain & Chaplain Aide Resource Manual

Duty to God Handbook

Scouting Policy Change Response

National Catholic Committee on Scouting Response to Change in Adult Membership Standards

FAQ About Boy Scout Change in Adult Membership Standards

Bishop Robert Guglielmone's Response to Change in Adult Membership Standards

National Catholic Committee on Scouting FAQ

National Catholic Committee on Scouting Response to Change in Boy Scout Eligibility Requirements

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Regarding Scouting

Scouting & Youth Ministry

Statements on Girl Scout Issues



Girl Scout Statement on its relationship with the Catholic Church


Girl Scouts and the Diocese of Manchester

Memorandum of Understanding

Religious Emblem Counselor Training

Bishop Gettelfinger Endorsement

Distance Training for Emblems Counselors

Final Quiz and Application

Nomination Forms for Adult Catholic Scouting Awards

(for Boy Scout & Girl Scout Leaders)

Adult Award Nomination Forms

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.

Download the Catholic Scouting Religious Programs Price List 

Rosary and Saint Patches

Youth and adults may earn 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: and