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 Emblem & Annual Convocation

The Scouting Convocation is a Mass celebrated by the diocesan bishop where he presents the religious emblems to the older youth, units and adults. It is generally held the first Sunday in May at the Bishop William G. Connare Center, near Greensburg. It is followed by an opportunity for photos and a social. All religious recognition programs are administered by the diocese through the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation, as well as the diocesan scouting chaplain. All emblems must be approved by the diocese.
 
A brief description of each religious award or emblem is listed below. You can also view a full description of each award, and download the order forms for Boy Scout and Girl Scout materials.​
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collapse Scout : Adult Honor ‎(4)
Adult HonorBishop ConnareMust be a young adult (20+ years old).DescriptionApplication
Adult HonorSt. AnneThis is designated as adult recognition.DescriptionApplication
Adult HonorSt. Elizabeth Ann SetonThis is designated as adult recognition.DescriptionApplication
Adult HonorSt. George (Roman Catholic)This is designated as adult recognition.DescriptionApplication
collapse Scout : Boy Scout ‎(6)
Boy ScoutAd Altare Dei (Roman Catholic)Must be 13 to 14 years old.DescriptionOrder
Boy ScoutLight of Christ (Roman or Eastern Catholic)Must be a Tiger/Wolf Club.DescriptionOrder
Boy ScoutLight of Life (Eastern Catholic)Must be 12 to 13 years old.DescriptionOrder
Boy ScoutParvuli dei (Roman or Eastern CatholicMust be a Bear/Webelos.DescriptionOrder
Boy ScoutPope Paul VI (National Award)This is designated as a Catholic unit recognition.DescriptionOrder
Boy ScoutPope Pius XII (Roman or Eastern Catholic)This must be started in the 9th grade.DescriptionOrder
collapse Scout : Girl Scout ‎(7)
Girl Scout(Marian) Mary, the First DiscipleMust be in the 7th or 8th gradeDescriptionOrder
Girl ScoutFamily of GodMust be in the 2nd or 3rd grade.DescriptionOrder
Girl ScoutI Live My FaithMust be in the 4th grade.DescriptionOrder
Girl ScoutNazarethMust be in the 2nd or 3rd grade.DescriptionOrder
Girl ScoutSt. Elizabeth Ann SetonMust be in the 11th or 12th grade.DescriptionOrder
Girl ScoutSt. Kateri TekakwithaMust be in the 6th grade.DescriptionOrder
Girl ScoutThe Spirit AliveMust be in the 9th or 10th grade.DescriptionOrder

 Bishop Connare Emblem

​​​​​Bishop William G. Connare (1911-95) served as the second bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg from 1960 until his retirement in 1987. He is fondly remembered by many in the diocese, including those in the scouting movement, for his pastoral care and concern for all. He recognized the potential of scouting to minister to all the needs of youth and as such became a great supporter and friend of scouting in the diocese.

The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for Boys created the Bishop Connare Emblem to recognize young scouters in the diocese who exemplify that part of the scout oath which reminds us of our duty to God. 
The purpose of this emblem is to recognize the recipient's outstanding contributions to the diocese, the community and the Boy Sc​outs of America. This emblem recognizes the recipient's ongoing work as a registered scouter in these areas. 
 
How to Nominate
One may not seek to earn this emblem, but will be considered for it by nomination. The person being nominated should not be informed of this nomination.​ The nominee must be a registered scouter between the ages of 20 and 39 and active in promoting religious and civic functions centered around the Catholic Church, community and the overall philosophy of scouting. He or she must have completed the Scouter Development Program, and must actively practice his/her faith.
 
Nominations may be made by: 
  1. The nominee's unit leader.
  2. A member of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for Boys.
  3. The nominee's priest or minister, or another member of the clergy to whom the nominee is well-known.
  4. A summer camp chaplain or other scout chaplain.

Submit nominations to Tina Moore in the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation and Catholic Scouting.


 Adult Facilitator & Moderator Training

​​** Please note that in addition to the certification trainings listed below, all participants must have Protecting God's Children (VIRTUS) training, sign the Diocese of Greensburg Code of Pastoral Conduct and complete all PA Child Services Law requirements. The Boy Scouts of America also require training. ​​​

Adult Facilitator Training for Pope Pius XII Emblem

Adult leaders of Boy Scouts have the opportunity to earn their certification in order to work with scouts seeking the Pope Pius XII Emblem.  Individuals must be recertified every five years. There is no cost for the training.

Adult Moderator Training for Ad Altare Dei Emblem

Adult leaders of Boy Scouts have the opportunity to earn their certification in order to work with scouts seeking the Ad Altare Dei Emblem.  Individuals must be recertified every five years. There is no cost for the training.

Adult Girl Scout Emblem Training

Adult leaders of Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn their certification in order to work with scouts seeking the Marian Emblem, Spirit Alive Emblem and Elizabeth Ann Seton Emblem. Individuals must be recertified every three years. There is no cost for the training. ​There is no scheduled date at this time.

 

For more information about these trainings including upcoming dates, please contact Tina Moore.