Religious Emblem Overview

Overall Access to Information:

Catholic Scouting Religious Emblem Counselors and Catholic Scout parents should view the following web sites as basic resources for Catholic Religious Emblems.

  • Archdiocese of New York Catholic Scouting Committee on Scouting Link
  • National Catholic Committee on Scouting Link
  • Religious Emblem Counselors are registered Boy Scout leader with a current Youth Protection Training Certificate, registered with the WPC CS Committee (Religious Emblem Counselor Registration Form), and have attended Emblem Counselor Training. Non-BSA Registered Councilors must submit to ACCS’ background check and attend its’ Safe Environment Policies.
  • Summary Extracts of materials contained on these web sites are available to facilitate your access to basic Catholic Scouting information, requirements and procedures. Contact WPC staff advisor Johely Arias, 914 773-1135 ext 238 or WPC CS Committee Chairperson Ed Mann at 914- 381-4113. Summary excerpts include;
  • Cub Scout Youth Religious Emblems & Checklist
  • Boy Scout Youth Religious Emblems & Checklist
  • Pope Paul VI Quality Catholic Unit Award requirements, application & description
  • Adult Religious Award Nomination Form and Award Parameters.

Bronze Pelican (requires National Catholic Leadership Development Course attendance)

St. George (must have previously been awarded the Bronze Pelican)

The Catholic Adult Award Recipient list can be viewed at Link

  • WPC Catholic Scouting’s Annual Calendar for meetings, training and Emblem Sunday is included in the WPC Program Calendar.
  • The NY Archdiocese Catholic Scout Retreat occurs each year on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving but the location can change. The time and location is distributed in September with registration beginning in October.

Religious Emblem Board of Reviews occur during the month of February at dates, times, and locations to be determined at the WPC CS October Committee meeting based on committee membership, space requirements and facility availability.
Emblem Sunday is normally the third or fourth Sunday of April dependent on St. Patrick Cathedral’s Calendar. The actual date will be communicated at February’s Religious Emblem Boards of Review.

  • Youth, adult and unit award recipients will receive a Letter of Invitation/Acknowledgement during April from the Director Archdiocese of New York Catholic Committee on Scouting http://nycatholicscouts.comExternal Link with instructions including registration in the International Building lobby opposite St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Ave. at 1:00 PM.


 Families and Unit members can attend the 2:00 PM Mass. Seating is first available.

  • Spring meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of May, or 2nd Saturday of May at Council’s Program Launch. Fall meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of October at WPC Office at 7:30 PM.
  • Religious Emblem Counselor training, required for Registered Catholic Emblem Counselors, and the National Catholic Leadership Development course, required for Adult Religious Awards, occur at the Fall NY Archdiocese Catholic Scout Retreat. A one hour Emblem Counselor training also occurs on the second Wednesday of March at WPC Offices at 7:30 PM.

Training can be at a Unit’s location provided there is a sufficient level of Adult interest.

Address Correspondence, Counselor Registration, Intent to begin Religious Emblem forms, and adult
award nominations to:
WPC Catholic Committee on Scouting
Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA, 41 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne, NY 10532-1519
(914) 773-1411 (FAX)

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