Boy Scouts of America

Religious Emblem Programs

God is the Alpha and the Omega of Scouting:

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved religious emblems programs developed by various religious groups, and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform.

The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your Troop, your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.

Further information at:

Ad Altare Dei

Boy Scouts of America – Roman Catholic Religious Emblem

What is It?

Ad Altare Dei is the first of two major Religious Emblem award programs for Roman Catholic Boy Scouts.  Completing the program earns the Scout the Ad Altare Dei medal and also allows the Scout to wear a BSA Religious Knot over the left pocket of their uniform.  The program was developed and is coordinated by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.  It is administered locally by the Diocese of Lansing’s Catholic Committee on Scouting.  

The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (To the Altar of God) program is to help a Boy Scout of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church to grow in his relationship to God and the Church, and to develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community.

The program is based on the seven Sacraments, as our primary means toward spiritual growth –

Chapter 1: Sacraments and Sacramentals
Chapter 2: Baptism
Chapter 3: Confirmation
Chapter 4: Eucharist

Chapter 5: Reconciliation
Chapter 6: Anointing of the Sick
Chapter 7: Holy Orders
Chapter 8: Matrimony

Certified counselor(s) work with the Scouts at periodic meetings to present topics, facilitate discussion and sign off on completed assignments.  Upon signoff of all requirements, a Board of Review is scheduled with the Diocese of Lansing’s Committee on Catholic Scouting to confirm the Scout’s readiness to receive the award.  Aside from the regular meeting sessions, the program incorporates a Day of Recollection/mini-retreat and also requires completion of some outside activities such as service projects.

Who Can Sign Up?

Registered Boy Scouts of the Roman Catholic Faith who have completed 6th grade and have been active members of their Troop for 6 months are eligible.

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Ad Altare Dei

Ann Arbor Troop 27 Program Plan

Troop 27 has just completed Ad Altare Dei efforts for the 2010-2011 Scouting year, and the program has resulted in six Scouts receiving the AAD medal from the Diocese on April 10, 2011.  Congratulations to:

Four other Scouts continue their efforts, targeting receipt of the medal at the April 2012 Diocesan ceremony.

Current plans (subject to final review of the outcomes for this year’s program, as well as assessment of Scout interest and adult support/involvement) would be to begin another program immediately after summer break in September 2011.

How do I Sign Up?

Interested Scouts should contact Mr. Panczyk at 810-231-2763 and/or Mr. Grogan at 734-572-8808.  Based on the level of interest expressed by the Scouts, and the level of involvement and commitment to support program efforts among adults, we will formulate a plan for the next program and communicate that with everyone before the summer break.

Are other Catholic Religious Award activities being planned?

Troop 27 is considering additional Catholic recognition programs going forward, based on Scout interest and adult support/involvement:

Saint Pius XII Award:  This major award program for older Scouts, the next and final step after Ad Altare Dei, is focused on vocations.  Like Ad Altare Dei, this program requires certified counselors and an extended commitment by all involved.

International Catholic Awareness:  This is a smaller, less-involved recognition activity called “International Catholic Awareness” that is appropriate for all age levels (requirements are adjusted for various age groups); there is even a version for adult leaders.  The objective is to educate scouts on the global/international nature of Catholic Scouting.

Pope Paul VI Catholic Quality Unit Award:  This is an annual award for the whole Troop.  There are a variety of criteria to receive the award, gauging the level and quality of involvement the troop has in various Catholic activities.  Among the requirements is 25% scout participation in religious award programs.