The goal of this activity is to learn about and share the lives the Martyrs of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Youth and adults will learn how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit can help them to “take up the cross daily.” The program will encourage participants to be good citizens of the world and emphasize the importance of their participation in the World Scout Jamboree that will be co-hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and Asociación de Scouts de México at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in 2019.
Who can work on this program?
All youth and adults — Scouts or non-Scouts, Catholic or non-Catholic, male or female, American or international — are welcome to participate in the Religious Activity Programs promoted by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS). These activities include the Rosary Series, the Footsteps of American Saints, the Modern Saints, the Marian Activities, the International Catholic Awareness Award, and the Good Turn Project. The activities may be used by families, schools, or any Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Cub Scout, American Heritage Girl, Campfire USA or Venture Scout, schools or any Catholic youth groups.
How long will this program be available?
The Martyrs of Canada, the United States, and Mexico program will conclude at the BSA National Jamboree in 2021 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
Will there be any additional International Catholic Scouting activities at the conclusion of this program?
Yes. Plans are to introduce a program to follow that will encourage Catholic Scouts to continue to be good Catholic citizens of the world and emphasize the importance of their participation in the World Scout Jamboree that will be held in the United States at the SBR in the summer of 2023.
Do the completed answers need to be submitted to the NCCS?
No. The answers should be reviewed by an adult. The activity patch can be ordered through the NCCS web site www.NCCS-BSA.org. Click on Order Forms and Literature and then click on Patch Order Form. Print this order form, request the number of the patches you require and submit the form by mail, FAX or as an attachment to an e-mail as instructed on the order form.
Is this activity considered a religious emblem that will allow the Cub or Boy Scouts to receive their Religious Emblem Knot after completion?
No. This is considered a religious activity not a religious emblem. Upon completion, the Blessed are the Merciful commemorative patch is available, but does not meet the requirements of a religious knot.
The approval of the Martyrs of Canada, the United States, and Mexico activity was granted on April 30, 2017 by the NCCS Executive Board.
Patch Activity Requirements
To earn this patch, Scouts and leaders will be asked to complete several requirements and activities to learn about what it means to be a martyr, what it takes far Catholics to defend their faith and “take up the cross daily.” Participants will learn about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Father Juan de Padilla the American Protomartyr, the North American Martyrs and Cristeros by reading about and discussing the lives of martyrs and praying for God‘s help so they might live their lives like those they studied.
The participants may purchase the Patch using the Order Form (Online)
Martyrs of Canada, United States and Mexico - A PDF download
Presentation of the Patch
Patches are to be presented to those who earned them and can be presented in a formal Awards Mass, Scout meeting, by family members, etc. The key is to make the presentation special, so the youth understand why they have earned this patch. Also, the patch should be presented in a timely manner so the youth is recognized shortly after completing the activity.