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Welcome to the website of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Committee on Scouting
serving Scouts in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

As most of you know, we lost a good friend and a faithful Scouter last week. In order to allow everyone to pay their respects at the service, we have postponed the committee meeting scheduled for this Saturday. Fr. Randy Cuevas was planning on attending our meeting to answer any questions about next April’s NCCS Biennial Meeting. He has cancelled his trip and hopes to visit with us when he returns to Atlanta in September. If anyone has any questions or concerns about the Biennial Meeting before then, perhaps we can discuss them after the funeral on Saturday. I’ll ask Fr. Randy for assistance on any inquiries I can’t address.

Hope to see many of you at Holy Family on Saturday.


Obituary for John L. Sullivan Jr.

John Lawrence Sullivan Jr., 96, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. He was born in Westerly, Rhode Island. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 16th at Holy Family Catholic Church, Marietta, Georgia with a reception following the service. Mr. Sullivan graduated in 1939 from the University of Rhode Island, with a BS Chemical Engineering. He worked for various companies as a Chemical Engineer and retired from Borden Chemical in 1981. He was an active member of Boy Scouts of America for eighty years, Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Silver Beaver, and earned numerous other awards. He played percussion with Cobb New Horizons Band and Jazz Ensemble until 2012. He was an avid bridge player at several Cobb Senior Centers until 2015. He is predeceased by his parents John L. Sullivan, Sr. and Anna Louise Brooks Sullivan and by his wife Catherine L. Sullivan, brother, Joseph Sullivan, and grandson, David DeAvilla. He is survived by wife Margaret Sullivan, sons John L. Sullivan III (Kitty), Mark Sullivan; daughters Alice Imbur (Jim), C. J. Walker (Robert), and Lori Sullivan (Chuck); ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, stepsons Jim Esslinger (Julie), Mike Esslinger (Sarah), and stepdaughter Jan Parrish (Jerry).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council at 1800 Circle 75 Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 989-8820 or online at


2016 Boards of Review and Scout Mass

Attention all unit leaders and counselors, the date for the 2016 Boards of Review for religious emblems will be January 9th, 2016.

Adult and Unit Nominations due no later than January 2, 2016, no exceptions. Please forward Boy Scout and Cub Scout nominations to (Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts to Tommy Treat and Girl Scouts/AHG nominations to Jackie and Tom Welch.

The Boards of Review will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church, Duluth, Georgia, beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Please notify Tommy Treat and Jackie Welch three weeks prior to the boards whom will attend and for what program. A Makeup Board of Review is planned for January 16, 2016 at TDB.

The Annual Archbishop's Scout Mass will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 1:00 P.M (Scouts should arrive by noon) with a reception to follow. Archbishop Gregory will be the principal celebrant.


2013 Boy Scouts of America Youth Membership Policy Change Statements

The Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Committee on Scouting is committed to assisting all units in the Archdiocese with any questions regarding the change to the Boy Scouts of America Youth Membership Policy effective January 1, 2014. Please check back for updates as they become available and contact Tommy Treat with any questions.

Statement on the Boy Scouts of America from the Archdiocese of Atlanta on September 23, 2013 or (local copy)

The following statements have been published by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting ( and their page dedicated to this information is

Statement of May 23, 2013 from Edward P. Martin, National Chairman, National Catholic Committee on Scouting

Statement of May 29, 2013 from Edward P. Martin, National Chairman, National Catholic Committee on Scouting or (local copy)

FAQ Cover Letter of November 11, 2013 or (local copy)

FAQs (pdf), (interactive) or (local copy)

Additional Information:

Interview with Bishop Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, Bishop Liason to the National Catholic Committee on Scouting



Religious Emblems Costs

As of July 2013, there are new prices in effect for recognition awards. The committee will continue to pay for the postage but we had to increase medal prices. The new prices are as follows:

For Boys Scouts:

For Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls:

The committee has always picked up the fees for the adult awards which they will continue to do.


Intent To Start Form

All units starting girls scout, boy scout and cub scout award classes must complete an Intent to Start Form for Boy Scouts  and send to Tommy Treat or an Intent to Start Form for Girl Scouts  and send to Jackie and Tom Welch. This is so we know how many awards to order later.

Also each unit should fill out the Unit Census form in the Library section of our website and forward to Bill Leach, 1200 Martin Ridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076 to update our files for the current year.

Scouting as Youth Ministry

The Atlanta Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (AACCoS) is a committee affiliated with the Archdiocese of Atlanta Youth Ministry serving eight Boy Scouts of America Councils, four Girl Scouts USA Councils, one Camp Fire USA Council, and American Heritage Girls. The Committee is dedicated to promoting “Duty to God” at each level of Scouting. We are affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS), an advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire, and Region 14 of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).

The Atlanta Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting provides support to parishes to help Catholic youth participate in Boy Scout, Girl Scout, American Heritage Girls and Camp Fire programs as a Youth Ministry. The AACCoS also offers programs, religious medals and awards for Catholic scouts to grow in their Catholic faith and the ideals of scouting. Each year the AACCoS holds several events to promote Catholic Scouting. These events include a Boy Scout Religious Encounter, Scouter Development, Religious Emblems Counselor Training, an annual Bishop's Scouting Mass and Awards Ceremony. We are able to accomplish these events, because of the many dedicated leaders that donate their time and energy to providing a quality program.

Our Vision is: To prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by having Catholic ladies and gentlemen leading young people in scouting ministries throughout parishes in our diocese. 

Our Mission is:   Assist all Catholic youth and institutions to make effective use of Scouting Programs for spiritual development and youth ministry.

  1. To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

  2. To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.

  3. To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

  4. To cultivate in young people the growth in moral strength and character, preparation for responsible citizenship, and the development of physical and mental fitness.


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