Religious Emblems and Activities Offered in the Diocese

Youth may take advantage of a wide variety of curriculum resources and activities offered through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. For an overview of the emblems programs which use resources developed by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, click here. Most of these programs and activities require a volunteer from the parish to be the coordinator/counselor/moderator/facilitator/mentor. The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting requires those working with the religious emblems programs to obtain both the pastor's and the Committee's approval prior to working with the program and youth.

  • To obtain an application for parish and diocesan committee approval email scouting@arlingtondiocese.org.
  • In addition, prior to starting a program, each year the counselors for the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Mary the First Disciple, and Spirit Alive programs should complete the Notice of Intent found here to begin a program. This assists in program oversight and ensuring ample emblems/medals are available.

Workbooks and other resources for these programs can be found in various places (workbooks can no longer be ordered through the Committee):

  • Family of God, I Live My Faith, Mary the First Disciple, and Spirit Alive workbooks are available through the online store at the National Federation fro Catholic Youth Ministry (nfcym.org)
  • Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, and Pope Pius XII workbooks are available either through your local scout store or www.nccs-bsa.org (as well as other online suppliers).

Please note that while the workbooks should now be obtained from one of these other resources, the emblems/medals themselves can only be supplied by the Committee. 

  • To download the Guardian Angel booklet, click here.
  • Completed applications for medals for Guardian Angel, Family of God, I Live My Faith, Light of Christ, and Parvuli Dei should be submitted by the certified emblems counselor using this order form once the program has been completed. Include payment with the order form as well as the original signed application form found in the program workbook.
  • The Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Mary the First Disciple, and Spirit Alive programs require the successful completion of a Board of Review as the last step of the program. Boards of Review will be conducted at least twice each year (typically the first weekend in May and the first weekend in December). More information regarding the time and location of the Boards will be posted to this website at least a month prior to the Boards. To order materials for the NCCS program, complete this order form.

Check out the resource links below for more in-depth information about the programs. After reviewing the information and the order forms above, if you have further questions, please contact the diocesan Committee's emblems representative at scoutingemblems@aol.com. Tina Lovingood, the Committee's volunteer emblems representative can also be reached at 540-338-1900 or 703-505-6352.