Day of Recollection 2019

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Come join us for a day of adventure, faith building, games, fun, food, and Mass. We run two separate programs: grade school and high school youth. Families are invited to join us at the closing Mass at 4 PM. This retreat is open to all scouts and ideal for scouts working on Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII programs.

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Open to all interested Boy & Venture Scouts. Parents and leaders are welcome!

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 11:00am-5:00 pm
Mass will take place at 4pm in the St. Joseph Chapel (fulfills Sunday Obligation)

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

Scouts-$10.00 each, includes programs, supplies, and lunch
Adults-$5.00 each, for lunch

Please send checks payable to the CYA to:

Office of Youth Ministry - Joe Dobrynski

20 Archbishop May Drive

St. Louis, MO 63119

Sponsored by:
Catholic Youth Apostolate, Office of Youth Ministry and Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA

Register HERE

See the attached file for a printable registration form and more information.

Day of Discipleship 2019

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A celebration and group sharing of the Mary, the First Disciple Program! This offers the girls to share the growth and excitement shared after completing their journey discovering the Mother of God.

Saturday, November 9 -Day of Discipleship: This is the final requirement for the Mary, The First Disciple Award. This is a day of sharing and celebrating for the girls. This is not an exam or review. This is a day just for the girls! We will start with a prayer service have trained facilitators from the Catholic Committee to help with this event.

Location: EBO ROOM Cardinal Rigali Center located at 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63119.

Time:  9:00am-12:00 p.m. Please check in at the EBO ROOM. We will begin our day with a prayer service in the Chapel. All moderators are asked to attend and help facilitate table discussion.Following the prayer service, the girls will proceed to the Ebo Room for a light breakfast and the start of their faith sharing groups.

What to wear: Something comfortable, but nice.

What to bring: The Mary, the First Disciple award project book and all of the related project materials that the girls worked on for the award. We will have tables to display their work as well as a laptop and TV, VCR, DVD player to show videos. We encourage the girls to bring their own laptop for ease of presentation.

We will provide: Breakfast, faith sharing and fun for the girls!

In case of bad weather: Please check the website at for up to date information.

We ask that the girls make every effort to attend the Day of Discipleship, but we understand that major conflicts do arise from time to time. If for some reason, a girl is unable to attend the Day of Discipleship, e-mail us as soon as possible with the name of the girl.

November 13-Evening of Discipleship- We will hold an Evening of Discipleship only if it is needed. The evening starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. The location is the same as the Day of Discipleship. If you are attending the evening session, please confirm with the Office of Youth Ministry at 314-792-7613

Catholic Adventure Week 2020

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Join us at FAMOUS EAGLE this year for a new Catholic Adventure Week! Full Merit Badge offerings, new night program, and a special over night out and about. You do not want to miss this week!

June 21- June 27 Register HERE 


Transfer to Catholic Adventure Week at no additional cost!

The week is sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA, the Office of Youth Ministry, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA

Catholic Venturers and Boy Scouts from around the region are invited to have an awesome camp week with training, faith, and fun.  Don't miss this very unique camp experience.  

Our goal in providing this week is to give scouts an experience of living, growing, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation.
Open to all Boy and Venture Scouts!

Our goal in providing this week is to give scouts an experience of living, growing, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation.

We will have our own campsites for the week at Famous Eagle. Scouts will be camping with their individual troops or Crews, under their particular adult leadership. Since a number of our participants are attending this camp in addition to their troop or crews summer camp, there will be cases where a Scout from a troop or crew does not have a leader present at camp.  A “provisional unit” will be made for one of the camp sites, with leadership being provided by members of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA. Scouts will be offered the full merit badge offerings, and there will be opportunities for prayer, faith breakout sessions, and reflection.  Meals are in the dining hall, there will be additional snacks for this week, Mass with a bishop, and other exciting excursions as the Catholic Adventure Week group.  


To enroll your Troop, Crew and/or individual Scouts for this special summer camp week, turn in a Troop/Crew reservation form (if your Troop/Cfrew plans to attend with adult leadership) and turn in individual Scout forms, see link, for those Scouts wishing to be in the provisional unit.    Contact Kevin Buhr for more information at

Retreats and Training for Adults

Moderator Training

Training for Mary, the First Disciple – "The Marian Award"

Training is required for all moderators who want to work with girls on this program.

To schedule a training  please call Joe Dobrynski 314-792-7613 or email for further questions.

Each Moderator will be given a resource guide book at the training. 

You may purchase the Faith Formation award books that day. 

We encourage each moderator to purchase a book for your own use as well. 



Are you working with a group of girls this year for the Mary, the First Disciple Faith Formation Award Program? 

Check out how we want you to register!

Please register each girl that is working on the MFD program by clicking on the following secure link. Please register your girls here

This information will be used to send communications, generating certificates, name tags and for the program booklet at the prayer service on Religious Awards Sunday at the Cathedral.


Troop & Crew Chaplain Training

The Religious Relationships Task Force of the BSA has developed and endorsed a handbook to guide religious leaders, unit leaders, and other volunteers in selecting and supporting chaplains (adults) and chaplain aides (youth).  Its provisions also guide those adults and young men and women who serve in these key leadership roles.


New Catholic COR Training Available

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has created the Catholic Charter Organizational Representative (COR) training to provide guidance to BSA volunteers working with Catholic chartered programs. While this training is not mandatory, it is an invaluable resource for BSA leadership, volunteer and professional, working with Catholic chartered units.

These new modules can be found in the BSA Learn Center by selecting Position > COR Training > NCCS COR Training.

Catholic Programs Workshop for Cub, Boy and Venture Scouts!

Are you interested in learing more about our Catholic Programs?

WHEN: Spring 2020

WHAT:  Find out about all of the awards and recognition programs that can be earned such as the Archbishop and Chaplain Awards, the Pope Paul VI award, the Bronze Pelican and St. George awards.  In addition, we will go over the Faith Formation Awards and Programs such as the Duty to God, Scouter Development, Saints, Rosary and Pope John Paul II patch activities, and retreats!

Get the full “scoop” on how to fill out the applications and find out what to do in your annual program to be a quality Catholic unit!

COST:   FREE!!!!  (


To Register: e-mail or call the Office of Youth Ministry at (314)-792-7613.



Religious Emblem Counselor Training

Emblem Training is only required for the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII Programs; however, the training covers all of the Catholic faithbuilding programs, if the group wants the information.

We are in the  process of developing an online training program to make it more convient for the busy volunteers.We had hoped to have the online training by now but ran into some major challenges. 

We are more than happy to help schedule a training with our faciliators. You may purchase the books from our office, online or in the office or at the local Scout Shop.

Additional resources are attached below for your use. If you have questions or want to talk with someone who is an experienced facilitator, just give us a call. We will connect you with a Catholic Committee Member, they'll be glad to assist you in any way they can.

If you have questions contact 792-7613 or email Joe Dobrynski


Scouting in the Catholic Church

Each year, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting 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 of the conference is to help the participants understand how Scouting is a Youth Ministry and how to use the information in their dioceses* when talking with Scouters, priests, and youth ministers.

More Information:

•Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
•Tuesday, January 27, 2014, 11:00 to 1:00pm
•Tuesday, February 17, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
•Thursday, June 11, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Board of Review Dates

Board of Review Dates for Ad Altare Dei 

Choose the day or evening session.

January 5th, 2020 - Day Session

1:00pm to 3:00p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center

20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, Missouri

January 8th, 2020 - Night Session

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Cardinal Rigali Center,

20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, Missouri


Wear your uniform, bring the work book and all project related materials along with the completed application and a check for $14.50 to purchase the emblem or 16.00 for the Combo package.

Parent pins will be for sale for $7.00 each

Ad Altare Dei Reviewers Needed

Any adults interested in helping with the Board of Reviews on January 6th or January 9th, please contact Joe at 314-792-7613

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