Scout Unit Information

National Catholic Unit Excellence Award

About this Award

Cooperation, development, and program are the key words in the recognition of Catholic chartered units in earning the National Catholic Unit Excellence Award - Pope Paul VI. The adult leadership responds to training not only in Scouting lores, but training in Catholic National Catholic Leadership Development, and religious counseling. The Scouts in each Pack, Troop, Team, and Crew/Ship respond by participating in the religious emblems program respective of their status in Scouting

Does your unit qualify for the Pope Paul VI Award? Fill out the application and forwarded it to your local Catholic Committee on Scouting. Click on one of the links below.


  • Unit must be chartered by a Catholic institution.
  • The award criteria is for one calendar year. 

Completion of the Application

After completing the application, the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCOS) will review all the applications in their diocese to determine the if the unit meets the criteria for this award. Once approved, the unit leader will order patches, banners and certificates online: Online Patch Order Link. The applications do not need to be forwarded when ordering the patches, banners and certificates.

Twice a year the Diocesan Chairman will notify the Regional Chair the number of Nathional Catholic Unit Excellence awards presented in the preceding six month period. These reports should be sent by the end of February and the end of August each year.