Religious Emblem Completion Guide

In General - Upon Religious Emblem Completion:

The Emblem Counselor arranges a Scout’s attendance at a Board of Review(B of R), and ensures the emblem application, found in the workbook, is fully completed, signed by the Scoutmaster, the Emblem Counselor and a Parish Priest, and brought by the Emblem Candidate to the B of R. The Scout is to bring the completed Emblem workbook with supporting materials, and the applicant’s payment for the Religious Medal. (Checks are payable to CYO Scouting for $11.00)

  • Upon satisfactorily completing the BOR, the Scout will be informed that he/she will receive a letter of invitation in early April with St. Patrick’s Emblem Sunday specifics.
  • Scouts can attend any scheduled B of R individually or as a Troop. Scouts register when he/she arrives at the B of R and will be taken on a first come basis.


Specifically Board of Review Registration -

Religious Emblem Counselors need to register their Emblem Candidates for their February 2015 Board of Review in advance as per the below;

  • North County Dates: St. Mary of Assumption Church 55 Valley Rd, Katonah NY 10536 on Wednesday February 4, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Saturday February 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon. Coordinator and Contact – Vice-Chair Chris Kristensen.
  • South County Dates: Holy Family Church in 83 Clove Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10801 New Rochelle on Wednesday 11, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Saturday February 28, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Coordinator – Dominick Curatola.. Contact Vice-Chair Kathy Vajda to register to attend either of these sessions.
  • Mid County Date; Church of the Magdalene 525 Bedford Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591 on Saturday February 21, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Coordinator – Dave Morrison. Contact Vice-Chair Kathy Vajda to register to attend this sessions.

Emblem Sunday is April 26, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Scouts to be presented with a Catholic Religious Emblem are to register in the International Building lobby across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s at 1:00 PM.

  • Counselors are asked to identify Scout volunteers to serve as members of the Color Guard or to serve as Ushers. Please provide Scout contact information to Vice-Chairs Kristensen or Vajda at the B of R.!
  • Must be a Scout, cannot be a current recipient, and can be a past recipient, Troop/Crew member, or sibling.
  • Selected volunteers will receive a letter of invitation during April from the CYO Office and must register in the International Building at 12:30 to be assigned their responsibilities.
  • Candidates sitting for a B of R must complete and fully document work performed to satisfy emblem requirements as indentified in the appropriate Religious Emblem Workbook as certified by a Religious Emblem Coordinator.
  • The Scout is to be in uniform, bring the completed Emblem Workbook and Application, including supporting materials, signed by
  1. The Scoutmaster acknowledging the Unit's support for the endeavor
  2. The Emblem Counselor certifying all requirements as presented in the Emblem Workbook have been accomplished, and
  3. The Parish's Priest to document the Parish's support for the Religious Emblem process and to certify that the Emblem Counselor is a parishioner in good standing.
  • Bring payment for the religious medal in the amount of $11.00 or a check payable to CYO Scouting.
  • Boards of Review are to assess the preparedness of Scouts sitting for a B of R. Emblem Counselors and Scouts who are previous Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII recipients are requested to serve on Boards of Review. Contact those noted above.

Catholic Institution sponsored Units should review the Pope Paul VI - Catholic Quality Unit Award requirements.

There are a number of perfunctory requirements including having a planned emblem program, a leader who attended
the Scouter Development Training, and 25% of the Catholic Scouts in the Unit having either achieved or working on a
Catholic Religious Emblem.

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