Scouting in the Catholic Church - 2014 Information
Philmont Training Center- August 3 - 9, 2014
The 2014 Scouting in the Catholic Church course is scheduled for August 3–9, 2014. The conference brings together religious and lay participants with varying experience in Scouting and the Catholic faith. The goal of the conference is to help the participants understand how Scouting is youth ministry and how to use the information in their dioceses or eparchies when talking with Scouters, priests, and youth ministers.
The course is structured to explore four components (leadership, holiness, conversion, worship) of lay apostolate formation, one each day of the course. The NCCS' Scouter Development: Lay Apostolate Formation for Scouting (SD:LAFS) format of bible readings, reflection, and small-group discussion gives the participants insight as to why a Catholic Scouter is called to the lay apostolate, and how to deliver a SD:LAFS program. The course advisor facilitates the component discussion from a catechism perspective. Presentations and discussions explain how NCCS and Scouting view and fulfill their parts of the component. Discussion, readings, and reflections using the Renewing the Vision booklet help the participants gain knowledge from a youth minister's perspective.
Tentative Weekly Agenda
Participants may attend Mass each evening at the Philmont Catholic chapel with crews starting or ending their mountain treks, Philmont staff, and local residents.
Class is in session Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you would like to bring family members, Philmont has programs for everyone from infants to spouses so you can concentrate on your class experience. But you also have a chance to experience Philmont during the evenings Sunday-Friday and all day Wednesday. PTC offers events and activities to keep you as busy as you like, or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.
In addition to the knowledge gained and the experiences shared during the week, you will go home certified to facilitate the Scouter Development: Lay Apostolate for Scouting program and have the opportunity to earn the Jerusalem Cross Award for bringing what you learned back to your diocese.
This year‘s staff consists of the following individuals:
- Ed Martin, National Chair, serving as the Course Director
- Brother Ross Chamberland, Training Committee Advisor, serving as the Course Advisor
- George Sparks, National Chair-elect
- Kathleen Polowski, Chair for the diocese of Phoenix
- Jim Weiskircher, Region 14 Chair
- Jim Cordek, a past National Vice Chair and past Region 6 Chair
Message from Course
Director Ed Martin.
Who Should Attend
- Clergy and religious
- Youth ministers (diocesan and parish)
- NCCS Regional Chaplains and Chairs
- Diocesan/Eparchial and council chaplains and chairs
- Activity chairpersons
- Members of diocesan/eparchial Catholic committees
- Religious emblems counselors
- Facilitators for "Scouter Development: Lay Apostolate Formation for Scouting" course
- BSA staff advisers
- Anyone interested in working in Catholic Scouting
Your fee covers all meals and lodging (beginning with supper on Sunday
and ending with breakfast Saturday), training materials, and family programs.
Optional programs such as bus tours, handicraft supplies, and Cimarron
museum visits may be available at a nominal additional cost.
|Age 5 and under
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Contact the NCCS Program Assistant for information on scholarships(based on need) and to answer any other questions:
National Catholic Committee
1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln.
Irving, TX 75015-2079