Scouting & Campfire


    Contact Information

    Patrick Berney, Chairman CCOSC
    1701 Gelding Lane
    Vienna, VA 22182

    Rev. Augustine M. Tran, Chaplain
    Saint James Catholic Church
    905 Park Avenue
    Falls Church, VA 22046-3104

    Scouting Religious Emblems:
    Tina Lovingood
    17273 Magic Mountain Drive
    Round Hill, VA 20141

    Religious Emblems

    Help our youth involved in Catholic Scouting to experience and express their faith in appropriate ways. Please view this flier for more information and to locate the materials.


    Monthly committee meetings 
    Next Meeting: Sept. 6, 2016
    7:30 pm
    St. James in Falls Church, Ministry House (913 Park Ave.)

    Annual Diocesan Scouting Mass
    February 4, 2017

    Bishop Loverde at Annual Scouting Mass

    Scout Sunday Patch 2016

    Scout Sunday Patch Order Form

    Holy Orders Day--Young Men
    Was hosted February 20, 2016 at Mount St. Mary's SeminaryEmmitsburg, MD. For more information email Mark Kramer

    Young Women Event/Retreat: TBD

    Young Scout Retreat
    Was hosted Feb. 27, 2016  
    Young Scout Retreat Flier
    Young Scout Retreat Permissions Form

    Religious Emblems Counselor Training
    October 1 2016, 1 pm, St. James
    Religious Emblems Counselor Application
    Religious Emblems Training Flier

    Adult Fellowship Dinner

    October 9, 2016

    Recognize Scouting Leaders

    Please review this link to find out more about how to recognize scouting leaders for supporting spiritual formation of youth in the diocese.


    DCCOSC - Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting & Campfire


    “In the Catholic Church, there is one particular aspect of Scouting that deserves special attention today. Scouting has tremendous potential for developing Christian leaders from among Catholic youth. It provides a powerful complement to the Church's ministry to Catholic youth. Through the religious emblems program, Scouts have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith and to engage in regular service to their parish churches. Scouting, under the tutelage of adult Catholic leaders, offers young people a unique opportunity to grow in faith and in leadership in the company of their peers.”
    - Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, Episcopal Liaison to Scouting

    Committee Purpose:

    The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and Campfire (DCCOSC) gives guidance, vitality and leadership in the spiritual phase of Scouting to all Catholic Scouts and Scouters of the Diocese. The committee endeavors to make the entire Scouting program available to young people in parish units and in units operated by Catholic Organizations. The DCCOSC supplements the programs of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America and Campfire USA with special instructions and activities, in the spiritual phase of Scouting as it relates to Catholics.

    The DCCOSC has the following responsibilities:
    1. Develop, schedule and carry out a youth ministry program for all Scouting units within the Catholic Church.
    2. Reach all Catholic young people and Scouters in units not chartered to Catholic organizations.
    3. Schedule regular meetings.
    4. Represent the Diocese at regional and national Scouting events.
    5. Advise councils within the Diocese on all matters relating to Scouting among Catholics.
    1. Encouraging the correlation of the Scouting program with the parish youth program so that the religious lives of Catholic young people in Scouting will receive adequate attention and that Scouting activities will become an integral part of parish life.
    2. Arranging to hold field Masses and other Catholic Scouting activities with young members of the parish.
    3. Assisting local councils in securing chaplain services for Catholics attending long-term Scout camp.
    4. Cooperating in recruiting Catholic adults for training courses conducted by local councils. Provide supplemental training for Catholic adults in Catholic doctrine and principles as these relate to Scouting for young people under Catholic leadership.
    5. Publicize and promote Religious Emblems Award Programs for young people.
    6. Sponsor the Diocesan Scout Mass and Conduct Annual programs for: Religious Emblems Training, Young Scout Retreats, Older Scout Retreats, Adult Retreat, and the Adult Recognition and Fellowship Dinner.
    The DCCOSC includes the following positions:
    1. Diocesan chaplain (appointed by the Bishop)
    2. Diocesan chairman (appointed by the Bishop)
    3. Committee chairmen (appointed by the Chairman) for:
    A. Religious emblems
    B. Religious activities
    C. Membership
    D. Training
    E. Communications/publicity
    F. Council Representative
    G. Treasurer
    H. Secretary
    4. District Representative

    5. Members-at-large as needed to carry out the religious and Scouting programs.

    The majority of Scouting Units in the Diocese are affiliated with the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of the Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts Council of the Nations Capital (GSCNC). Scouting units in the far south or west of the Diocese may be affiliated with adjacent Scout Councils. The areas of the Scout Councils extend into the Archdiocese of Washington in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

    (The Archdiocese has an active scouting Committee and we work together on many projects of mutual interest). Campfire USA is a fairly small presence in our diocese.

    For more information contact Patrick M. Berney, Chairman DCCOSC, at 703-255-2445 or e-mail