Thank you to everyone who attended our successful Scout Recognition Mass September 27!
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.
Rev. Matthew Kinney
Diocesan Chaplain for Catholic Scouting
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.
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.