National CCS Information

Chairman's Corner

Notes From the National Chairman

Dear Catholic Scouters,

Renew – Rebuild – Rejoice

It was my pleasure to spend a few days at the Scouting in the Catholic Church (SiCC) conference at the Philmont Training Center. The conference staff consisted of Ben Feril, Director; Fr. Joe Powers, Course Advisor; Carroll Brennan, Deacon Leo Ferguson, Ed Martin and Elizabeth Olivas, all of whom did an outstanding job delivering the course material. I congratulate the staff of the 2016 SiCC conference for their excellent work.

During the course, questions arose regarding the relationship between the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Knights of Columbus. There are still misunderstandings of the decision made by the Knights of Columbus last November. The complete article, which is quite lengthy, by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson outlining their decision can be found at: The key points referencing parish youth ministry start 13 paragraphs from the end of the article. If you are still unclear about our relationship with the Knights of Columbus I would strongly encourage you to read the nine paragraphs starting with the sentence : “Second our Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish initiative requires that our parish-based councils move toward greater integration into the life of our parishes.” It is important that we support our local Knights of Columbus councils in their efforts to transfer units to the local parishes.

Our NCCS Training Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Mark Kramer and Adviser Fr. Ross Chamberland has been working very hard on a new NCCS training opportunity: Organizing a Successful Diocesan Catholic Committee to be held at the BSA’s Florida Sea Base Conference Center, February 21 – 25, 2017. Look for details on the front page of this issue of The Bridge.

If you have ever wondered about the long-term impact on youth of our Religious Emblems program, make sure that you read the article about the Yancey brothers on page 4 of this issue of The Bridge.

George Sparks– NCCS National Chair