Scouting in the Catholic Church

2016 Scouting in the Catholic Church

The National Catholic Committee (NCCS) on Scouting is hosting the ”Scouting in the Catholic Church” conference at the Philmont Training Center from July 24-30, 2016. The conference focuses not only on the mission of the NCCS, but also involves participants in adult faith formation and an understanding of the concept of ”Scouting as youth ministry.” It is designed for any adult interested in using Scouting as a program of Catholic youth ministry to include Scout chaplains, priests, permanent deacons, (arch)diocesan or parish youth ministers; diocesan, regional and national Catholic committee leadership and members.

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is also an excellent family vacation spot. PTC offers a full, organized program for every member of the family from infants to spouses. Family members are joined by others in their age group to participate in carefully designed, age-appropriate programs under the leadership of trained and experienced Philmont staff.

Please share this information with members of your (arch) diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, Catholic Scouters, COR's, chaplains, priests, permanent deacons, and youth ministers. Registration is now open and you can do so on line at This link will take you to the Philmont Training Center web site. When the page opens, click on left side "new 2016 conferences." The 2016 conference page will appear and on the right side of the page click "Register for 2016 PTC" under Quicklinks.

Event Info:

  • July 24-30, 2016
  • Philmont, New Mexico
Participant Category Fee
Conference $530
Spouse $365
Ages 14-20 $305
Ages 6-13 $195
Ages 5 and under $95
NAYLE $385
Mountain Trek $395

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in working in Catholic Scouting to include:

  • 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 "National Catholic Leadership Development" course
  • BSA staff advisers


Course Objectives

The 2016 Scouting in the Catholic Church course is scheduled for July 24 to 30, 2016 at the Philmont Training Center located at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. 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 promoting Catholic Scouting with Scouters, priests, and youth ministers.

The course is structured to explore the four components of lay apostolate formation consisting of leadership, holiness, conversion and worship. In addition, an integral part of this experience is the NCCS' National Catholic Leadership Development for Scouting (NCLD) format of bible readings, reflection, and small-group discussion, which will provide participants with insight as to why a Catholic Scouter is called to the lay apostolate, and how to deliver a NCLD 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.

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You are also encouraged to bring family members and the Philmont Training Center has programs for everyone from young children to spouses. The entire family will enjoy the Philmont experience especially during the evenings from Sunday-Friday and a half day on Wednesday. PTC offers events and activities to keep you as busy as you like, or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Participants and families may attend Mass each evening at the Philmont Catholic chapel with crews starting or ending their mountain treks, Philmont staff, and local residents.

In addition to the knowledge gained and the experiences shared during the week, you will go home certified to facilitate the National Catholic Leadership Development program and have the opportunity to earn the Jerusalem Cross Award for bringing what you learned back to your diocese.