Girl Scouts and Camp Fire USA

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 GIRL SCOUTING

Diocesan Committee on Scouting's Statement on Girl Scouts USA:

The Catholic Committee on Scouting has had a long and fruitful partnership with the Girl Scouts USA and is connected to the Diocese of Pittsburgh through its relationship with the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry within the Secretariat for Catholic Education.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Committee on Scouting understands that Girl Scouts of the USA and its local leaders do  not  take a  stand on or advocate for or  against any issue regarding girls’ health and sexuality.  It is the Committee’s understanding that the Girl Scouts’ policy precludes any sanctioning or funding of Planned Parenthood activities.

The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting believes engagement with the Girl Scouts is the best way to influence a secular organization that provides admirable character development for thousands of local youth, including many Catholics.  The Committee encourages parents to actively ensure that Girl Scouts, Campfire USA troops, associated with the Catholic Church are presented with the Church’s teachings and that the sanctioned local activities of these organizations do not undermine the Church’s teaching.

The Pittsburgh Diocesan Committee on Girl Scouting is committed to fostering the spiritual Development of the Catholic members of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. in this diocese and the development of youth ministry in the Catholic Church.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Mrs. Joyce Gillooly, Director for the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting.

                                                                                                January 2012

 Still have questions? Read through the Girl Scouting and the Church Q and A's to learn more.

     


EVENTS

Girl Scout TEA

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This is a celebration for Girl Scouts who earned their Catholic Relgious Emblems at the annual Scout Convocation.  The invitation is open to all Girl Scouts, family and counselors.  Please RSVP to CCOS Office (412.456.3140 or pwaskowiak@diopitt.org)

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GIRL SCOUT/CAMP FIRE AWARDS 

Guardian Angel Award733

 Ø This diocesan award is designed for adult counselors (they will need access to a copier). The book introduces the youth to the different types of angels and includes  stories, crafts, songs and activities.

Ø Age requirement: Kindergardden to 1st Grade.

Ø This award may be applied for at any time and is presented on a parish level throughout the year

 

Family of God Award

Ø Purpose of this national award: to help children explore a wide range of activities to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish.

Ø Age requirements:  Grades 2 and 3.

Ø Book was revised and transliterated into Spanish in 2004.

Ø This award may be applied for at any time and is presented on a parish level throughout the year. 

 

I Live My Faith Award

Ø Purpose of this national award: to enable the participant to grow as Christian persons and to take their place as active and responsible members of their parish, family, troop/group and community.  

Age requirements:  Grades 4-5.

Ø This award may be applied for at any time and is presented on a parish level throughout the year.

 

Kateri Award

  Ø Purpose of this diocesan award: to help the participants become more aware of God’s presence in their everyday lives. A parallel is drawn between the Sacraments as the basis of Kateri’s life and the life of the participant and how they enabled her to receive the grace she needed to endure life’s hardships and dedicate herself to God completely. 

 Age requirements:  Grades 5-6.

Ø Participants must work with a trained counselor. 

Ø Completed application for this award must be turned in to the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry no later than March 1st of each year and the emblem will be distributed at the Convocation. 

  

Mary, the Firs Disciple Award

Ø Purpose of this national award: is to involve the participant in an understand of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality - a woman of the church. 

Ø Age requirements: Grades 7-8.

Ø Participants must work with a trained counselor.

Completed application for this award must be turned in to the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry no later than March 1st of each year and the medal will be distributed at the Convocation. 

  

 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

Ø Purpose of this diocesan award: to lead the participants in examining different areas of work and service, and to prepare them for future decisions. Those who wish to earn this award are invited to become familiar with Elizabeth Ann Seton, a woman who served God and the poor as a wife, mother, religious woman, founder of a religious order and educator.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

Ø Age requirement:  Grade 9 through college.

Ø Participants must work with a trained counselor.

Ø Completed applications for this award must be turned in to the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry no later than March 1st of each year and the medal will be distributed at the Convocation. 

 

The Spirit Alive Award

 

Ø Purpose of this national award:  to assist the participant in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the church’s ministry.

Ø Age requirements:  Grade 9 through college.

Ø Participants must work with a trained counselor.

Ø Completed applications for this award must be turned in to the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry no later than March 1st of each year and the medal will be distributed at the Convocation.

  

Region III Pin

For Girls in Scouting programs.

Our Region III (consists of Pennsylvania and New Jersey) has designed a pin to recognize the wonderful achievements that our Girl Scouts have worked so hard to earn.  Our region is active and looking to recognize girls and adults who meet the requirements.

  • Requirements:  Girls that have earned 3 of the 4 National Emblems and 1 of the Diocesan Emblems can apply for the new Region III recognition pin. 
  • To apply for this pin, fill out the form below and send it into the Scouting Office along with $1.50 for the cost of the pin.  Please make check payable to “Catholic Committee on Scouting”.  

  

The Rosary Patch Series

Was developed by the Region 3 Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts & Camp Fire. 

Once you and your troop/group have completed the necessary requirements you need only send in your order form below, along with the cost of the patch/rockers to order your patches. You do not need to send in any paperwork. As the leader or Religious Advisor of your troop/group you know when the youth have completed the work. It is our sincere hope that you and the youth enjoy learning more about the Rosary and its mysteries.

  • For requirement please go to:  http://www.region3nccgscf.org  and you will find two brochures with the requirements for the patches.  One set is for the First through Fifth graders and the other one is for those Sixth through Twelfth grades as well as any adults who might be interested in working on this program.
  • To Apply for Patch fill out the form at the bottom of this page and mail to address along with the fee for the patches.

 

PILLARS OF FAITH - SERVICE TO GOD

ThIs pin is available for those in scouting for girl programs who have earned all of their National Emblems (Family of God, I Live My Faith, Marian, and The Spirit Alive). 

  • It will be awarded at the annual Scout Convocation. 
  • The requiements are in a document listed below along with the application to apply for the pin.  
  • Apply for the pin by:  March 1.