? CCOS - Awards: Boys

Archdiocese of Santa Fe - Catholic Committee on Scouting


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.

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 links to the right 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/diocese ceremony.

Youth Recognition Ceremony

Each year, our archdiocese holds a Religious Emblems Conferral Mass to honor those Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts, and Venturing Crew members who have earned an emblem. The Mass will be celebrated on Saturday July 8, 2017 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi at 9:30am and is presided over by The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe.

Obtaining Workbooks

Workbooks for these awards may be purchased at the Great Southwest Council High Desert Scout Shop or The BSA Supply Division’s "Scout Stuff” online store.