Catholic Scouting

 


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Boy and Girl Scout Catholic Retreat / Day of Reflection

Saturday, August 2


An Important Message from Fr Matthew Kinney (Diocesan Chaplain for Catholic Scouting) and Christian González (Diocesan Director of Communications):

 
Catholic Scouters - Bishop Joe Vásquez requests that all Catholic Scouters take part in the Pastoral Plan Survey. The survey is found here: http://www.austindiocese.org/about-us/pastoral-plan. It’s available in both English and Spanish.
 
The survey takes only 10 minutes. Everyone’s participation is necessary for the results to accurately reflect the sentiments of our Diocesan population.

Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp Offers Catholic Mass

Mass will be celebrated Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in the Camp Chapel. 
All Catholic Scouts, Scouters, and Staff are invited to participate and attend.
 
2014 Camp Dates
 
June 15-21            Week 1
June 22-28            Week 2
June 29 - July 5     Week 3
July 6-12               Week 4
July 13-19             Week 5
July 20-26             Week 6
 
Camp Chaplain
 
There will be a Chaplain in camp all week who will be available to assist units with issues including homesickness and in selecting appropriate graces for meals. The Chaplain will provide each unit a Daily Devotional Book and will showcase a display of Religious Emblems that can be earned. 
 

 


Important Messages from Our Chaplain ~

Catholic Scouters,

February begins Girl Scout cookie sales in Central Texas. Please see this statement for the diocesan position regarding the matter. This statement was first released in February 2013 and was approved by Bishop Vásquez at that time. 
 
For any questions or more information regarding scouting in the Diocese of Austin, please contact me or  Alison Tate, Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry, at (512) 949-2465.
 
 

Catholic Scouters,

Over the past few months, the Austin Diocese Committee on Catholic Scouting (DCCS) has received many questions about the BSA membership policy change and what that means for us as Catholic Scouters. We were able to answer many of the questions, but I am even more pleased that we now have a FAQs sheet from the National Committee on Catholic Scouting. 

To view the FAQ sheet, see the National Committee on Catholic Scouting's Frequently Asked Questions Regarding BSA's Youth Membership Standard.

I encourage all Catholic Scouters to read this document. As the Austin DCCS, we intend to follow a path that is always faithful to our Catholic moral teachings and that always gives respect to every human person. The answers in this document are a good guide to that path. 

May God continue to bless your ministry of Catholic Scouting. 

In Christ,

Rev. Matthew Kinney

Diocesan Chaplain for Catholic Scouting


Diocesan Scout Mass ~ Saturday, September 28  ~ St. John Vianney Parish

Check out hundreds more photos from the Diocesan Mass ~ available for download at Scout Mass I and Scout Mass II



Calendar of Events

 

 

12 April 2014

DCCS Meeting – 10 a.m.  – Pastoral Center – OLG Room

Opportunity for Board of Reviews at Noon

~Please request BoR to blackwell6@sbcglobal.net by 2 April

 

 

14 June 2014

DCCS Meeting – 10 a.m.  – Pastoral Center – OLG Room

Opportunity for Board of Reviews at Noon

~Please request BoR to blackwell6@sbcglobal.net by 2 June

2 August 2014

Catholic Scout Day ~ Boy and Girl Scout Day of Reflection - see flier above for more information!

 

 

9 August 2014

DCCS Meeting – 10 a.m.  – Pastoral Center – OLG Room

Opportunity for Board of Reviews at Noon

~Please request BoR to blackwell6@sbcglobal.net by 31 May

 

 

 

 

11 October 2014

DCCS Meeting – 10 a.m.  – Pastoral Center – OLG Room

Opportunity for Board of Reviews at 11 a.m.

~Please request BoR to blackwell6@sbcglobal.net by 1 October

13 December 2014

DCCS Meeting – 10 a.m.  – Pastoral Center – OLG Room

Opportunity for Board of Reviews at Noon

~Please request BoR to blackwell6@sbcglobal.net by 1 December

 

 


 
 
 

The purpose of the Austin Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS) is to provide Catholic Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and members of other similar organizations continued education in the Catholic Faith and support the growth of Catholic scouting units in these organizations.

Youth are invited to earn age-appropriate Religious Emblems by completing a formation program including a workbook. Upon completion of the program they are invited to attend a Recognition Mass and receive their medal from Bishop Joe Vasquez.

We also have a variety of Religious Activities including RetreatsRosary Patches and the Footsteps of the Saints programs that youth (scouts/non-scouts, catholic/non-catholic) throughout the year.

Leaders For the safety of our children, all volunteers in the Diocese of Austin are required to attend an Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) workshop and complete an online volunteer application and background check.  This is in addition to the training required by your girls/boys scouting organization.  All scouts in 7th grade and above who seek to earn their religious emblem must work with a trained religious emblem counselor.  To complete this training, a counselor must attend a retreat.  There they will receive their Religious Emblem Counselor (REC) training and their Lay Apostolate Formation (LAF) training.