Continuum of Adult Catholic Leadership Training

No matter what your area of volunteer responsibility, you are sure to find course offerings to meet your specific need. Check back from time to time as new offerings are constantly in development and will be posted on the NCCS website.

Training in the first 90 day (NCCS Fast Start Training)

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will:

  • Understand your role as a new volunteer
  • Understand how Catholic youth ministry fits within that role
  • Understand how to incorporate Catholic tradition into the day to day operation of your scouting unit

Prerequisites: none
Availability: Fast Training is continuously available. Materials are available on the NCCS website.
Time Commitment: 60-90 minutes per module.

Presented in a white paper format, the NCCS Fast Start Training is a self-guided training intended as quick means to understanding the scope of your new volunteer role in scouting and how Catholic youth ministry fits within that role. If you are a unit leader Fast Start Training is intended as a complement to the required BSA Leader Specific training, providing information specific to imbuing Catholic tradition into the day to day operation of the unit in its role as Catholic Youth Ministry.

The following Fast Start Topics are currently available on the NCCS website, click the link to access each of the Fast Start files.

Training within the first year (National Catholic Leadership Development)

Course Objective: Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will:

    Understand the role of religious faith in your personal life to better serve the scout unit.

Course Description: NCLD is offered to diocesan committees who want to prepare Scouters to use Scouting as a form of youth ministry. The program has four component parts or dimensions.

These are:

  • The Call to Leadership
  • The Call to Holiness
  • The Call to Conversion and
  • The Call to Worship

This is a special training course bringing Scouters to a better understanding of the role of religious faith in their lives. The program is designed to be experiential and not over didactic. Through a series of guided reflections, both the individual and the group examine Scripture passages to ascertain how God is calling each to respond.

Prerequisites: The Scouter does not have to know any specific doctrines, nor is an extensive knowledge of Scripture presumed. What is of critical importance however is that the Scouter be reflective and willing to share those reflections with others.Availability: The course is intended to be conducted locally by the diocesan scouting committee. A course leader’s manual is available on the NCCS website.

Time Commitment: Leaders who conduct the training can expect two hours of preparation time per component. Participants should expect 60-90 minutes per component for a total of 4-6 hours spread over 4-8 weeks to complete the program.

Link to NCLD Document

Training within two years (Scouting in the Catholic Church)

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will:

  • Understand the mission and programs of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting
  • Unite in faith formation
  • Understand the concept of Scouting as youth ministry

Course Description: This flagship conference focuses participants not only on the mission and programs of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, but also involves them in adult faith formation and a full and complete understanding of the concept of Scouting as youth ministry. It is designed for any adult interested in using Scouting as a program for Catholic youth ministry such as Scout chaplains, clergy, (arch) diocesan or parish youth ministers, council, diocesan, regional and national Catholic Committee leadership and members. Course participants may also complete requirements for the Jerusalem Cross Award which includes a project.

Availability: Scouting in the Catholic Church is offered annually in July at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico. Details for registration can be found on the PTC website at www.philmonttrainingcenter.org

Time Commitment: Scouting in the Catholic Church is a weeklong residential camp experience.

Training within first year of working on Diocesan Committee (Diocesan Committee Development Conference)

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will:

  • Understand organizational models and administrative strategies for the successful operation of the Diocesan Catholic Committee for Scouting.

Course Description: Following a nautical theme, Diocesan Development is a sister program to Scouting in the Catholic Church. 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? reviews 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)

  • Securing Leadership and Manpower Day shares recruiting tips on identifying talent and inspiring volunteers to staff subcommittees.

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 and formation by attending the Scouting in the Catholic Church conference.

Prerequisites: It is recommended that participants complete Fast Training specific to their position prior to the Diocesan Development Conference.

Availability: Diocesan Development is offered annually in the spring at BSA SeaBase in the Florida Keys. Details for registration can be found on the NCCS website at www.nccs.org

Time Commitment: Diocesan Committee Development is a four-day residential camp experience. The sessions listed above range in time from 45-75 minutes each with time built in for group questions and discussion.

VOCATIONAL WORKSHOP for Catholic Leaders in Scouting

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will:

  • Understand the various religious vocations in the Catholic church
  • Understand the deep Christian commitment which can thrive within a unit.
  • Understand the influential role Scouters play by enlightening scout to ideals and vocations of service

Course Description: The purpose of this workshop is to learn how to help scouts discern God’s call in their lives. All Christian’s are called to God’s service. We are all encouraged by word and example, personal invitation, and style of life to accept following God’s call as one’s life goal. Scouting encourages each of us to adhere to the principles of service, to live it in our own lives and to guide others. Scouting is a proven program of personal development. As scouts begin to recognize and appreciate their own talents and gifts it is incumbent upon Scouters to help them broaden their vision and understand of how to put their God given talents and gifts into whatever service there are called to.

Prerequisites: none

Availability: This workshop should be conducted by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting in conjunction with the vocations director and/or organizations that place an emphasis on promoting responsible involvement in church life, such as Serra Club, Lay Mission Groups, and the Knights of Columbus. Refer to the whitepaper provided on the NCCS website at http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/diocesan-training

Time Commitment: Depending on the intended outcome of the organizers, this workshop may be as short as an hour or, as long as, a full weekend.

Link to the document