Ad Altare Dei Faith Formation Program (Project Book and Award)

Catholic Scouting Award

Before you begin:

  1. There must be a trained Religous Emblem Counselor working with you on this faith building program. The Office of Youth Ministry does offer training. 
  2. Please complete the application "To Begin Working On" in the very front of your Ad Altare Dei scout manual. Once you are finished with the program, you must attend the diocesan Ad Altare Dei Board of Review and then submit your application "For Review and Presentation" before you are allowed to purchase the award. Except for special circumstances, all Ad Altare Dei awards are presented at the annual Religious Awards Sunday service on the first Sunday in February.

What: This program helps you to see Jesus Christ as part of your daily life as well as develop a fully Christian way of life in a faith community. The program is based on the seven sacraments.

When: The program could take about 6 to 8 months. It was initiated 1945 and was the first religious program of any kind for Boy Scouts. Since 1964, when CYC began administrating the program, over 8116 boys have earned this award.

Who: Before beginning this program the youth must have completed the sixth grade. The work is done with a trained Religious Emblem Counselor. Contact your leader or the Office of Youth Ministry for a list of counselors.

Requirements: All steps in this program must be completed before presenting yourself to the Catholic Committee on Scouting, Review Board.

Some of the chapters include:

  1. Sacraments and Sacramentals in our daily lives: The goal of this chapter is to recognize the signs of faith in your daily life, and their importance.
  2. Baptism: The goal of this chapter is to discover how Baptism is the start of your life in Christ, and a covenant union with God.
  3. Confirmation: The goal of this chapter is to discover the role of the Holy Spirit in your daily life.
  4. Eucharist: The goal of this chapter is to explore how the Eucharist unites you with your Christian past, and strengthens you for the present and the future.
  5. Reconciliation: The goal of this chapter is grow in understanding God’s unconditional love through the gift of forgiveness and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  6. Anointing of the Sick: The goal of this chapter is to grow in understanding the Church’s healing ministry to the sick, and the Christian attitude toward suffering and illness.
  7. Holy Orders: The goal of his chapter is to investigate how ordination helps individuals grown in holiness and witness Christ’s love through their ministerial service to the people to God.
  8. Marriage: The goal of this chapter is to investigate how Marriage helps spouses to grow in holiness and to witness Christ’s love, through each other and their family.

When all chapters are completed, please contact the Office of Youth Ministry for a calendar of important dates, including Board of Review dates, Presentation Sundays, retreats, days of recollection, etc.

The Board or Review dates are January 6, 2019 from 1-3pm or January 9, 2019 from 7-9pm.

Since the new Ad Altare Dei participant's book came out , we have noticed the following changes compared to the old book (old book page in parentheses, new book page outside parentheses):

  • (9) 9- Faith Response, option 2d "Make a Banner" was removed
  • (23) 17- Activity B5, examples of famous people that were witnesses to Christ's Presence was removed
  • (25) 19- an explanation of the Eucharist using Luke 22 was added
  • (30) 22- clear instructions for the matching activity were added
  • (34) 24- 2a-2c were removed; new activity and instruction were added
  • (36) 26- explanation of Penance & Reconciliation using 1 John 1:9 was added
  • (42) 30- explanation of Anointing of the Sick using James & John was added
  • (42) 30- A3 has another step involved
  • (44) 30- option to attend an anointing of the sick was removed
  • (47) 35- explanation of Holy Orders using Ephesians was added
  • (49-50) 36-37- option to watch a video of an ordination: more questions and activities added and in a different order
  • (53) 40- explanation of Marriage using Matthew 19 was added
  • (60-67) 46-53- appendices (rites) are are a smaller text; some are a little bit more difficult to see/read
  • "Notes" page was added at the end of the book, before the evaluation page

Overall changes:

  • little to no writing space in the new book
  • more visual images, and sized bigger
  • words and instructions are more condensed - less pages in the new book

To order the new book, please visit its product page in our store.

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