2018 Diocesan Committee Development

2018 Diocesan Committee Development Conference

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is hosting the Diocesan Committee Development conference at the BSA's Florida Sea Base Conference Center from February 27 to March 3, 2018. The conference focuses on developing an understanding of organizational models and administrative strategies for the successful operation of the Diocesan Catholic Committee for Scouting. It is designed for any adult working at the local diocesan committee level, NCCS Regional and National level. This program provides invaluable information to Scout chaplains, priests, permanent deacons, (arch)diocesan or parish youth ministers; diocesan, regional and national Catholic committee leadership and members.

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 NCCS Diocesan Committee Development Registration.

Event Info:

  • Februay 27 to March 3, 2018
  • BSA Florida Sea Base, Islamorada, FL
Participant CategoryFee
Participant with Lodging $400
Participant no Lodging $200

 Both Registration Option 1 and Option 2 fees include: meals,snacks, meeting facilities and course materials.

 Registration Option 1 also includes bedding and towels.

 *Conference lodging: Please note that due to the conference and Sea Base schedule, early and/or late departure may require you to find off-site housing.

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
  • Members of diocesan/eparchial Catholic committees
  • BSA staff advisers
Course Objectives

The 2018 Diocesan Committee Development Conference at BSA's Florida Sea Base Conference Center located in Islamorada, FLorida. The conference brings together religious and lay participants with varying experience in Scouting and the Catholic faith. The goal of the conference is to have the participants develop an understanding of the organizational models and administrative strategies for the successful operation of the Diocesan Catholic Committee for Scouting.

  Participants call upon St. Brendan the Navigator, the patron saint of mariners, to lead their footsteps through a series of sequential modules designed to help Diocesan Committees navigate the waters of administration of diocesan Catholic committee operation. Session modules follow the themes of:

DIRECTION (DCCOS Mission and Program)

  • What is NCCS? A review of the mission and goals of NCCS.
  • "chURch" leads participants on a journey through the organizational structure and culture of the Catholic Church and where the DCCOS fits in.
  • Purpose and Function of DCCOS allows participants to fully embrace and commit to the mission of Scouting as Youth Ministry.

ARK (Structure and Formation)

  • Structure and Recommended Procedures explores options for diocesan committee organizational structure and operational procedure.
  • Participant Best Practices is a “show and tell” presentation session allowing participants to shine by sharing examples of their best activities and programs with the group.
  • Introduction to Subcommittees stresses the importance of sharing and delegating the work load with other volunteer laity.
  • Membership outlines the current state of Catholic Units nationwide and instruction on recruiting new units with a proven plan for success.
  • NCLD and other Training guides participants through the toolbox of quality adult leadership training readily available from NCCS.

SHIPWRIGHT (Recruiting Leadership)

  • What is NCCS? A review of the mission and goals of NCCS.

NAVIGATION (Diocese and Unit Excellence)

  • Setting the Goals of the Committee shares strategies for developing the program of work for the committee.

 Upon successful completion of the conference,The Saint Brendan the Navigator Award is offered to those who wish to bring their conference experience back to the local (arch)diocese in the form of a mission project of further personal development.

Please contact John Anthony, 2018 Course Director.