Religious Emblem Facilitator Training
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Holy Trinity Catholic Church - Norfolk
Calling all Boy Scout and Girl Scout volunteers involved in Religious Emblems Training! We will hold a “train the trainer” course for Religious Emblem Training Facilitators that will certify both new and experienced facilitators to conduct Religious Emblems Training in your church or Scout unit. The Catholic Religious Emblems programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts will be reviewed, followed by breakout sessions to cover in detail the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. There is no charge, and lunch will be provided. Dress is uniforms preferred.
For more information, please call (804) 622-5159, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Come and be prepared to lead your Scouts in earning one of the Catholic Religious Emblems!
Annual Parater Trek
July 12-19, 2014
Goshen Scout Camp
The Parater Trek is a week of backpacking AND a Catholic retreat with daily Mass for those young men who want to test themselves in body and soul and take up the challenge to see what it takes to walk with God. Participants will backpack approximately 40 miles in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with options for high adventure activities along the way (such as rock climbing and black powder rifle shooting). The trek will be based on the format for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting Saint George Trek. Father Ken Shuping, campus minister at James Madison University, and Seminarian Jamie Hickman will be leading the Parater Trek for the Diocese of Richmond.
What about the Boy Scouts' new membership policy?
On May 23, 2013, a resolution was adopted by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America that states: "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
In a statement issued the following day, our State Chaplain, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde, said that the "decision forces us to prayerfully reconsider whether a continued partnership with the BSA will be possible." The Diocese of Richmond issued a statement saying, "Bishop DiLorenzo continues to encourage Catholics in our Diocese to live and witness the totality of Catholic teaching on morality and sexuality in all of our work for the Kingdom and to ensure that any Scouting program in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is compatible wit the teaching of the Catholic Church."
On November 11, 2013, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) sent a letter to all those involved in Catholic Scouting reporting that after consulting with the BSA, the NCCS Executive Committee and the Episcopal Liaison from the U.S. Bishops Conference, they have issued guidelines in the form of a Q&A document.
A key conclusion is found in Q&A 13, which states that "public statements by the BSA would indicate that the organization's work neither contradicts, is ambiguous about, nor neglects Catholic teaching on sexuality. The NCCS accepts these statements by the BSA at face value."
The NCCS Q&A document is eleven single-spaced pages long, and addresses numerous aspects and implications of the BSA's change in membership policy.
Neither Bishop Loverde nor Bishop DiLorenzo have yet commented publicly on the November 2013 material from the NCCS.
The new BSA membership policy will not be officially implemented until January 1, 2014.
Bishop Loverde statement, May 24, 2013
Diocese of Richmond statement, May 23, 2013
NCCS Statement, May 23, 2013
NCCS letter to "Catholic Scouters," November 11, 2013
NCCS Question & Answer document, November 2013
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