Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts
The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting supplements the program of the Boy Scouts of America, with special instructions and activities, in the spiritual phase of Scouting as it relates to Catholics. The committee accomplishes this through various events and by overseeing the religious award program for boy scouts, cub scouts, venture scouts, and other partners. The committee endeavors to make the entire Scouting program available to increasing numbers of youth in parish units and in units operated by Catholic organizations. The purpose of the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting is to give guidance, vitality, and leadership in the spiritual phase of Scouting to all Catholic scouts and scouters of the diocese.
Recent DSCCS Events Include:
- Boy Scout Religious Retreat
- Cub Scout Retreat
- Youth Religious Emblem Recognition Ceremony
- Religious Emblems Counselor Training
- Adult Recognition Dinner
Catholic Religious Emblems Available through the Boy Scouts of America include:
- Light of Christ (6-7 years old Cub Scouts)
- Parvuli Dei (8-10 years old Cub Scouts)
- Ad Altare Dei (Any youth of the Roman Catholic Faith who is registered in a BSA Troop or Crew)
- Pope Pius XII (For Venturing Crew Members and Boy Scouts 15 years old and older)
To learn more, visit the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting website at
National Religious Award Medals
National awards medals and patches are available for for American Heritage Girls, Little Flowers, Camp Fire Girls, Catholic Religious Education classes, and other Scouting Troops and Catholic Youth Serving Organizations These awards allow young people to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith through scouting award recognition programs.
National Award Medal Programs Include:
- God is Love (For Grades K-1)
- Family of God (For Grades 2-3)
- I Live My Faith (For Grades 4-5)
- Mary, the First Disciple (For Grades 6-8)
- The Spirit Alive (For Grades 9-10)
- Missio (For Grades 11-12)
Purchase Leader and Participant Guides
All programs are designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools.
Our Catholic Faith Patch Program
The “Our Catholic Faith Patch Program” series is designed for girls in grades 1-12 to foster Catholic identity, encourage youth to learn more about their faith, encourage youth to serve their community, and encourage youth to grow in holiness.
Women in Scripture Patches
The Women in Scripture series focus on individuals who lived lives of courage and faithfulness. These women often fanned the flame of faith in their families and communities and were the backbone of the church and faith since the very beginning of Jesus' ministry. Learn more about these strong faith-filled women.
- Martha and Mary
- Mary Magdalene
- Ruth and Naomi
- St. Elizabeth
Models of Faith Patches
Throughout the long tradition of the Catholic Church, women and men have been inspired by the Holy Spirit to stand up for the faith in the midst of great trials and at deep personal risk. Learn more about these great Models of Faith.
- Gianna Molla
- Mother Teresa
- Pope John XXIII
- Saint Monica
- St. Kateri Tekawitha
- St. Anne
- St. Juan Diego
- Ven Pauline Jaricot
Locally Created Diocese of Dallas Awards Program
Currently In Legacy Mode
Status of the Diocesan Religious Award Program & The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee for Religious Awards
The Disbanding of the Committee without Leadership Succession:
The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee for Religious Awards (formerly the Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts, Camp Fire and Junior Daughters of the Diocese of Dallas) historically oversaw the various national Catholic religious award recognition programs and also created and maintained the local Diocesan Program Awards. Their purpose was to promote and offer medals to Catholic girls and adults to increase their Catholic faith. The last members of the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee for Religious Awards disbanded without succession of new leadership in 2017.
Awards Remain Available:
The religious recognition program administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), only distributes award medals and patches to an authorized purchaser. Therefore, the Diocese of Dallas will continue to make available the national religious awards to scouting troops and groups. However, other functions of the committee will be on hiatus until further notice.
More on the program operations in Legacy Mode:
- The local religious award programs created specifically for the Diocese of Dallas will operate in “legacy mode” and only the current stock of medals will be available for purchase.
- The review of an individual’s completion of any religious award will be vouched by group/troop leaders on the honor system.
- Any award ceremony should be coordinated by group/troop leaders with pastoral leadership at the parish/group/troop level.
- Only the National award medals will be stocked and available in the Diocese of Dallas Religious Awards online store. Patches will not be available.
- Promotion and expansion of the various Catholic religious awards will be through the individual volunteers on the troop/group level. These leaders are to share the successes of their experiences with other local troops/groups.
- Adult awards are no longer available through committee recognition on a Diocese level.
Should a group of individuals have interest in reinstating the activities of the committee, contact the Diocese of Dallas Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry.
Last Updated: May 2018
Locally created Diocesan Award Programs were created and last updated in 2001 to specifically highlight the charisms of the Diocese of Dallas. This Diocese of Dallas program is currently in “legacy mode” and is not being further developed or maintained. The Diocese of Dallas has a limited number of Diocesan award medals available for online purchase to group/troop leaders after they vouch the program has been completed (using the honor system). New medals will not be ordered after the existing stock is depleted. If a medal award is no longer available, group leaders are encouraged to purchase a related religious medal from a Catholic bookstore as a substitution award. Please these Read the Status of the Religious Award Committee article for more information.
Download Diocese of Dallas Award Program Guides - Free
Mary, Our Mother Grades __-__ (PDF- Leader Guide) (PDF-Participant Guide)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Grades __-__ (PDF- Leader Guide) (PDF-Participant Guide)
Queen of Heaven Grades __-__ (PDF- Leader Guide) (PDF-Participant Guide)
Diocese of Dallas Grades __-__ (PDF- Leader Guide) (PDF-Participant Guide)
Note: While the substance of the program guides remains fairly unchanged, some website links, pop-culture references, names of program advisors, references, program approval process, and resources may be outdated and will need to be adjusted by adult/group advisors as needed.
Scouting Related Policies and Religious Award Information
Have any questions related to Scouting or need information on Religious Awards? Contact Matt Decker in the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry at or 214-379-2846.
They Establish Troops as Parish Based Organizations (PBOs)
Are you aware that the scouting charters establish a unit/troop as a Parish Based Organization (PBO) - which makes them an “owned and operated” ministry of the parish?
Chartered Catholic Scouting Ministry
Is Your Parish Tapping into its Potential?
The nature of the scout charter establishes the troop as a ministry of the parish. Is your parish tapping into this? Don’t waste the opportunity for ministry!
Non-Chartered Scouting Organizations
Are considered Non-Parish Based Organizations (NPBOs)
Most non-charted scouting organizations, such as Girls Scouts, are considered a Non-Parish Based Organization (NPBO) and are subject to the NPBO policy. A parish does not have direct authority/responsibility over an NPBO except the decision to offer facility usage (facility agreement). Therefore, a relationship with any NPBO using parish facilities is important to ensure the troop leader provides an environment reflective of Catholic morality and values. As part of that relationship, Troops can be encouraged to implement the national Religious Recognition Awards.
Religious Recognition Awards
For scouting and youth organization serving girls
Did you know that there is a national Catholic Religious Recognition and Award program for scouting and youth organizations that serve girls (grades K-12)? This may include Campfire Girls, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Jr. Catholic Daughters of America, faith formation classes, home school groups, and any other Catholic organization that serves girls. Please let any of these organization leaders in your parish know about these resources.