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  • Don't forget to recognize the adults for their outstanding contributions to the development of your Catholic Youth Ministry. There are several recognitions available. In addition, there are a couple of funds available that directly assist the clergy and international scouting. The Adult Leaders are entitled to wear the BSA Adult
  • The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® has established the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship to be awarded to five outstanding Catholic high school seniors who are Scouts in a BSA program and continuing their education in college. The requirements are listed in the Eligibility Requirements section on this
  • The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) offers a special training course 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,
  • Each year, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) conducts the "Scouting in the Catholic Church" training conference at Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, NM as part of BSA Relationships Week. The conference brings together religious and lay participants with varying experience in Scouting and the Catholic faith. The goal

About this Recognition:

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting®, acting through the local diocese or eparchy, may award the St. George emblem to members of the laity and clergy, Scouters and non-Scouters alike, who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting.

The recipients of the emblem are to be sought after and selected by an active committee of the (arch)diocese/eparchy. This committee is to be newly-appointed each year by the diocesan Scout chaplain or chairperson.

Nomination forms should give a detailed description of how the nominee provides outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting in the Catholic Church. It is improper to nominate oneself or one's spouse.

General Scouting achievements do not qualify a person to receive the St. George emblem. The Boy Scouts of America has district, council, regional and national awards for such recognition.


  • The St. George Emblem is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® emblem awarded by a(n) (arch)diocese/eparchy.
  • The purpose of the St. George Emblem is to recognize the recipient's outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America.


  • Any adult who is working in the Scouting Program.
  • May be given to clergy, religious, laity, or Scouters of other faiths.
  • A Scouter does not earn the St. George emblem but is recommended by application to a board of review by another person.

Guidelines for nomination and selection:

  • Promoting the religious emblems programs for Catholic youths or serving as a counselor, moderator or coordinator. Encouraging non-Catholic youths to participate in the religious emblems programs of their own faiths.
  • Giving notable service in promoting Catholic activities and service projects for the church and being willing to serve on committees for those purposes.
  • Actively participating in and promoting Scout retreats and days of recollection.
  • Giving notable service in organizing and maintaining Catholic-chartered Scouting units including multiple units where needed.
  • Giving notable service in bringing the Catholic program to those youths not in Catholic-chartered Scouting units.
  • Using fully one's general Scouter training as well as "National Catholic Leadership Development" to provide an outstanding Catholic Scouting program for youths.
  • Arranging opportunities for Mass and other Catholic worship services at camporees and summer camps. These must be consistent with the documents of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Providing also for the spiritual needs of non-Catholic Scouts.
  • Encouraging appropriate ecumenism and Catholic leadership within the various Catholic-chartered Scouting units.
  • Using the Catholic press and other communications media to create a better understanding of the aims and ideals of Scouting as an apostolate to youths.
  • Educating clergy and laity about Scouting as a youth apostolate in the Catholic Church.
  • Giving leadership in promoting Scouting for all youths regardless of race or creed. Helping organize Scouting units for minority and disadvantaged youths.


    • The emblem is usually presented at a Scout Award Mass, Adult Recognition Dinner or Bishop's Dinner.
    • Adults who receive this recognition are also entitled to wear a BSA Religous Knot over their left pocket. Please consult with your local Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to determine how knots are presented in your area. If they are not presented with the St. George recognition, then they can be purchased at your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shop with proof that the adult recieved the recognition.

Nomination Form:

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Ordering of Recognition:

  • Each diocese has one or two indivduals who are designated to purchase religious emblems / recognitions. Only these NCCS authorized submitters are allowed to order for their diocese. Please consult with your local Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to determine when and where the next Award Ceremony will be held. NCCS authorized submitters submit orders using the St. George Order Form.


About this Recognition:

The Spes Mundi Fund is used to directly support the International Catholic Conference of Scouting. Their contributions were recognized with a beautiful limited edition medallion suspended on a ribbon worn around the neck and a certificate of appreciation.

This edition has been sold out and unavailable anymore.

JerusalemCrossAbout this Recognition:

Those who participate in the Scouting in the Catholic Church (SitCC) course may earn the Jerusalem Cross to add to the four beads received during the course.  To earn the Jerusalem Cross, you must complete the requirements below.  The Jerusalem Cross is awarded at the NCCS Annual Meeting held shortly after Easter.  Recipients unable to attend the annual meeting will receive the Jerusalem Cross through his/her local ecclesiastical authority for presentation after the NCCS Annual Meeting.


  1. Develop and deliver a mission project that serves the needs of your parish youth ministry or diocesan Catholic Scouting community.  Your project is to be chosen from one of the following four areas:

    Color Component
    Red St. Matthew: Leadership Development, Advocacy
    White St. Mark: Catechesis, Evangelization
    Blue St. Luke: Pastoral Care, Justice & Service
    Yellow St. John: Prayer and Worship, Community Life

  2. Upon project completion, submit a description of your project with three letters of testimony:
    1. A letter from you evaluating yourself and your mission project.
    2. A letter from an ecclesiastical representative of your parish or diocese.
    3. A letter from someone who benefited from your mission project.
  3. In order to receive recognition, documentation must be submitted (no later than March 1 in order for presentation to be scheduled at an April NCCS annual meeting) to:

    National Catholic Committee on Scouting
    c/o Boy Scouts of America
    P.O. Box 152079
    Irving, TX   75015-2079

    Include $15 (payable to NCCS) to cover the cost of the emblem, shipping, and handling.

NOTE: The Jerusalem Cross recipients are not eligible to receive the BSA Adult religious knot.

Past Recipients

2004 Recipients

Ed Martin

Fr. Dr. Raymond Fecteau

Gordon Stiefel

Susan Bariball

2005 Recipients

Ed Gargiulo

Fr. Anh Tran

Fr. Michael Hanifin

Jan Hill

Laura Ray

2006 Recipients

Fr. Stephen Salvador

Tony Madonia

William Davies

Timothy Bradley

Mary Ellen Yeomans

Dennis Luellen

James Talbert

2007 Recipients

Fr. Michael Santagelo

Margaret Matarese

Chip Travers

Most Rev. Gerald Gettelfinger

2008 Recipients

Chris Manning

George Sparks

Gary Weaver

Carol Beckman

Randy Volz

Christopher Keesey

Deacon Tommy Watts

Ramon Alberto Silva

Robert Chisholm

James R. Hickey

Len Zandrow

Thomas A. Magnifco

Bert Obregon

David Gironda

Larry Wilson

Deacon Roger Hunter

2009 Recipients

Col. (Ret.) John Halloran

J. Bernard Denker

Thomas J. Moore

Margaret Ann Herlihy

Warren Swader

Deborah K. Perkins

William Cole

Janette Maring

David A. Cruz

Chuck Flagg

Nicholas Flagg

Rita Levine

Irene Bigot

Benjamin G.M. Feril

2010 Recipients

Patricia Tidwell

Joseph P. Brennan

Barbara Mauter

Robert Chiesa

Kelly Rodrigue

Hunter Piper, Jr.

Claudia Reed

Richard Ribar

Thomas Butz

Roselito de los Reyes

Joseph F. Wagner

Herbert E. Pierpan

Fr. Shaun P. Tunink

2011 Recipients

Virginia Dushek

Most Rev. Robert Guglielmone

W. David Williams

Mike Jacobs

Lawrence P. Gallagher

John V. Meakin

Larry W. Rieke

Theresa R. Rieke

Nancy G. Welton

Fr. Arthur Nave, Jr.

2012 Recipients

Nancy Watts

Fr. Kevin Smith

Rose Luebbehusen

Michael J. Woolfolk

Dr. James C. Fetterman, Esq.

Mary Young

Deacon Thomas W. Gornick

Dr. Carroll A. Brennan

2013 Recipients

Aaron Randolph

Deacon Michael F. Klappholz

August J. Pfeifer

Stephen Black

Sandra Black

David A. Moskal

Patrick C. Franzen


2014 Recipients

Michael J. Allen

Paul E. Bell

Michelle D. Brown

Deanna Castrey-Westmyer

Deacon Leo Feguson

Keven Grameslpacher

Fr. S. Matthew Gray

Edward Hoekstra

Bernie Kilcoyne

Deacon Don Krehenly

Salvador F. Pimentel

Kathleen Polowski

James D. Shivers

John Uchaker

2015 Recipients

Sandy Eubanks

Daniel M. Frommelt

Kandace Glaser

Bruce Grimes

Robert D. Hammack

Mark J. Kramer

Joe Maresh

Marie Maresh

Maria Talamo

Robert S. Zetelski, Jr.

2016 Recipients

John Anthony

Joe Bouley

Dinah Cowen

Erin Galloghy

James F. Holtgrave

James F. Hughes

Gina Keating

Christopher G. Murray

Elizabeth V. Olivas

James Pitney


About this Recognition:

    1. The Miter Society recognition is given to any adult who financially supports, in a significant way, the promotion of the St. George Trek.
    2. For each recognition, a minimum donation of $1,000 must be made to the NCCS operated St. George fund. This fund is managed and controlled by the executive committee of the NCCS. The income generated by the trust shall be used to support the St. George Trek.
    3. The donor may choose to honor a recipient other than self with receiving this recognition. Both the recipient and donor, however, must be at least 21 years of age and of sound moral character.
    4. The final decision concerning the above qualifications of both donor and recipient rests exclusively with the finance and executive committees of the NCCS.


Click here for more information on this fund; Click here to make an online contribution or contact the NCCS Office at (972) 580-2114 or