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Pope Pius XII(Youth Award)

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 18th birthday) are eligible.



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.   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 "" 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.

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.

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