About Us

What is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting®?

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) is a church committee of concerned Catholic lay people and clergy who see as their mission the constructive use of the program of the Boy Scouts of America as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation.

The committee, which is advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between BSA and the Catholic Church in the United States.

Through interaction and dialogue with the Secretariat on the Laity and Family Life (the formal connection between youth ministry in the United States and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), NCCS works cooperatively with various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States.

Our Authority.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) is a church committee of concerned Catholic Laity and Clergy which is advisory to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and relates to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) through its USCCS Episcopal Liaison.

NCCS Mission.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) exists to utilize and ensure the constructive use of the program of the BSA as a viable form of youth ministry with Catholic youth of our nation.

Our Purpose.

The purpose of the NCCS is to utilize and ensure the constructive use of the program of the BSA as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic Youth of our nation. The NCCS seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between the BSA and the Catholic Church and to work cooperatively with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States.

National Chairman

Ed Martin

I have been involved with the NCCS since 1986 when I was elected chairman for the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the diocese of Columbus, Ohio. I now reside in the Cleveland diocese with my wife, Stephanie, where I am a den leader for my youngest son.

Being in the NCCS has enabled me to live out my Eagle Scout charge and share my Catholic faith. I consider it an honor to serve with so many dedicated clergy and lay leaders in promoting Scouting as youth ministry within the Catholic Church.

Come join us!

National Chaplain

Reverend Michael Hanifin

Hello, I am Father Michael Hanifin and am the pastor of St. Joachim Parish in Costa Mesa, CA. I also hold the position of National Chaplain for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS). I have been in scouting since Cub Scouts in the early 1960‘s and in 1972 I attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Presently I serve as a Religious Emblem Counselor, a Philmont Chaplain, a member of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (Diocese of Orange). I am proud to say that Our Lady of Fatima Parish has the “full family of scouting” with a Cub Scout Pack, a Boy Scout Troop and a Venture Crew. In 2013, I served as a Jamboree Chaplain at the BSA National Jamboree in Beckley, West Virginia.