Catholic Scouting



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St Mary's - Temple

Local Scout Earns National Scouting Scholarship

Nathan Seago of Bryan, Texas, was recently selected from among 160 Scouts from across the country as one of five national winners of the 2014 Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships.

These scholarships were established by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS).

Each of the five $2,000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year’s winners were chosen based on a number of criteria including:

  • Service to their home parish
  • Leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Scholastic record


Thank you to everyone who attended our successful Scout Recognition Mass September 27! 




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



Diocese of Austin Girl 
Scouts Resource Packet


Calendar of Events

Austin DCCS 2015




8 – Scout Sunday

14 – DCCS Meeting

21 – YM Essentials (diocese)






2 – DCCS Meeting




19-25 – Philmont Training


1 – DCCS Meeting

11&12 – YM Essentials (diocese)






7 – DCCS Meeting




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.