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serving Scouts in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

2017 Saint George Trek Application

The Saint George Trek is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting high adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout reservation. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priest, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the content of a vocation retreat.

The 2017 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. Then it’s off to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality faith, scripture and vocation in their lives as young Catholic men and women. Before returning home on Thursday, July 20, 2017, they will be asked to commit their own continued discernment as well as bringing their experiences home, so they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts.

Selection of two participants will be made by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Committee on Scouting. Selection will be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential, an interest the life of the Church and an openness to the discernment of vocation.

The earning of Scouting’s Religious Emblems and involvement in church, school and scouting activities will be given consideration. Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be fifteen years of age on or before July 1, 2017, in high school, no older than 18 years old and committed to assist the Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Committee when they return.

Participants must also have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont. NO exceptions can be made to theses expectations and requirements.

Previous youth participants are no eligible. It is the participants responsibility to pay for transportation to and from Albuquerque, NM. and any personal expenses. Also, it is the participants responsible to obtain all personal equipment needed for this trip.

Covered are:
All Philmont Scout fees
Retreat House lodging in Albuquerque
Philmont and Retreat House Meals
Roundtrip chartered bus trip between Albuquerque and Philmont

Fill out this application form and email to Don Ross. Email me if you can not email me back the form and I will email you my home address. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2016.

Do not apply on-line at the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

The two youth chosen will be notified of their selection by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Committee.

 

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2017 Boards of Review and Scout Mass

Attention all unit leaders and counselors, the date for the 2017 Boards of Review for religious emblems will be January 14th, 2017.

Adult and Unit Nominations due no later than January 4, 2017, 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 Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City, Georgia, beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Please notify Tommy Treat and Jackie Welch three weeks prior to the boards whom will attend and for what program.

The Annual Archbishop's Scout Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 11:30 A.M. (Scouts should arrive by 10:30) with a reception to follow. Archbishop Gregory will be the principal celebrant.

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2015 Boy Scouts of America Adult 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 resolution ratified on Monday, July 27, 2015, by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. Please check back for updates as they become available and contact Phil Krajec with any questions.

The following statements have been published by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (nccs-bsa.org) and their page dedicated to this information is http://nccs-bsa.org/mbrstd:

Statement of July 27, 2015 from Edward P. Martin, National Chairman, National Catholic Committee on Scouting or (local copy)

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 Phil Krajec 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 (nccs-bsa.org) and their page dedicated to this information is http://nccs-bsa.org/mbrstd:

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

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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.

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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.

 

Webmasters: Please note that the official website has moved from www.aaccos.org to www.aaccos.us. Please update any links to the website address.