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Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem

About the Emblem

  • Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting's church-related ministries and vocation program.
  • The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God.
  • It includes youth led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of recollection.


  • Registered Venture Crew Members and Boy Scout of Catholic Faith.
  • Designed for age 15-16 year old, but all registered Venturers (male or female before their 21st birthday) and all registered Boy Scouts (in high school, before their 18thmbirthday) are eligible.


  • Each Venture Crew Member and Scout must have their own Activity Book. The program should be run by the candidates themselves, the adult serves as a Moderator
  • Ideal group size is 4-12, but the course may be run with smaller groups.
  • A number of interviews and an investigation of a controversial issue facing the church or society are integral to the program.
  • A retreat experience, ideally centered on the Pius XII program itself and a ministries service project are required.
  • The program is designed to be completed in 9-12 sessions. As the youth are older, two hour sessions seem to work well, and flexibility is often required in scheduling sessions and interview feed back’s.
  • Successfully complete a Pope Pius XII Board of Review.
  • Diocesan and BSA Youth Protection policies must be followed.
  • A trained religious emblems coordinator/counselor/moderator is required to work on religious emblems. Contact your Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to become trained and for ceremony schedules.

Getting Started

  • Identify a counselor. Ask your Scoutmaster, pastor, parish administrator, director if religious education, any member of the troop committee, or Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scoutingif there is a emblem counselor in your parish or area.
  • After you have selected your counselor, you must complete the application to begin working on the Emblem program. The application is in the Pope Pius XII Emblem book. The approval application must be signed by the applicant, parent, counselor, Troop leader, and pastor.
  • Emblem Books may be obtained most economically and quickly from your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shops. Alternatively, they can be obtained directly from BSA Supply at "http://www.scoutstuff.orgExternal Link" or through most Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Scout's Role

  • Attend the sessions and as a Venture Crew Member/Scout, the candidate is expected to actively share in group discussions and complete all interviews and activities.meetings.
  • Actively work on the activities. All journal entries, reports, and written work should be legible and neat.
  • Be prepared to share experiences at the Board of Review.
  • Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of his progress.

Facilitator's Role

  • Counselors for the Pope Pius XII emblem should be approved in advance by their pastors and Scout Chaplain or Catholic Committee in Scouting.
  • TheReligious Emblem Facilitator Manualis an integral part of this program and contains the necessary resources for anyone. Facilitator Manuals may be obtained most economically and quickly from your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shops. Alternatively, they can be obtained directly from BSA Supply at "http://www.scoutstuff.orgExternal Link" or through most Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
  • All Religious Emblem Facilitators must have current BSA Youth Protection Training. A Emblems Counselor must have Local Diocese Youth Protection training.
  • Form the group
  • Act as Facilitator, not group leaders
  • Help the candidate focus on essential elements and important issues
  • Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of the youth's progress.

Program Completion

  • After all sections have been completed, the counselor will contact the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to find out the schedule for the Pope Pius XII Board of Review.
  • The Scout will sit before the Board of Review.
  • After Board of Review has been successfully completed, the counselor should contact the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for further direction concerning presentation instructions.
  • Scouts who earn this Religious Emblem are also entitled to wear a BSA Religious Knot over their left pocket. Please consult with your local Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to determine how knots are presented in your area. If they are not presented with the Religious Emblems, then they can be purchased at your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shop with proof that the scout received the emblem.
  • CandidatesExternal Link and moderatorExternal Link are asked to complete the paper or on-line surveyExternal Link to give us feedback about the program.


  • The first rule in preparing recognition ceremonies is to keep them simple but impressive. The second is to remember that the ceremony is for the youth. Many Dioceses present their religious emblems in their Diocesan Cathedral, either in the context of a liturgy or a prayer service. The key is to make it special and memorable. See Religious Emblems Reference Manual for presentation helps for your Diocese.
  • The religious knot should be presented at a Troop Court of Honor or Venturing Awards Ceremony. However, it can be presented along with the Emblem.
  • Religious Emblems Reference Manual and formsExternal Link.

Ordering of Emblems

  • Each diocese has one or two indivduals who are designated to purchase religious emblems. Only these NCCS authorized submitters are allowed to order emblems for their diocese. This emblem may only be conferred by the ACCS at the Emblems Mass.

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