Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts

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Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry & Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts.....

Who are we and What do we Do?

The Purpose of the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts:

To foster faith development through education, training and quality faith-building programs and retreats, to help make a difference in the everyday lives of Catholic Girl Scouts and their adult leaders.

 The key areas of need for the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts [CCGS] are as follows:

1.    Faith building Programs

2.    Trainings, education and workshops

3.     Marketing opportunities & Building Relationships

4.    Retreats and Events

How will the CCGS Mission and Purpose be accomplished?

  • Leadership development and training for youth ministry
  • Faith-building programs and awards
  • Retreats and special events
  • Marketing & Building Relationships

What we do and who we are flows from the following Mission Statements!

Archdiocese of St. Louis Mission Statement:

As Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in communion with the Bishop of Rome, we are called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be His Church and live His Gospel.  With joy, we strive to fulfill our Baptismal calling by prayer and worship, teaching and sharing our faith, serving others, and fostering unity in diversity. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to the responsible stewardship of all God's gifts.

 Catholic Youth Apostolate Mission Statement:

The mission of the Catholic Youth Apostolate is to help all young people hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and to help all young people actively respond to the Gospel message and enthusiastically participate in the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church.

 Office of Catholic Scouting [OCS] Statement:

Our ministry is to bring the message of Jesus Christ to youth and adults involved in Scouting through faith formation programs and retreats.  We reach beyond just those in Scouting and offer some of our programs to all youth.

 Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts Mission Statement:

We strive to minister to Catholic youths and adults in Girl Scouts through faith-building programs and retreats.  As committee members, we are called to be disciples and to evangelize young people in order to advance the mission of the Catholic Church.

 Purpose of the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts:

To foster faith development through education, training and quality faith-building programs and retreats, to help make a difference in the everyday lives of Catholic Girl Scouts and their adult leaders.

 Details of the key areas of  the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts [CCGS] are as follows:

1-Faith building Programs

Family of God, I Live My Faith, Mary, the First Disciple, The Spirit Alive, Blessed Pope John Paul II, Rosary Series Programs and the Footsteps of the American Saints

2-Trainings, education and workshops

3- Marketing opportunities & Building Relationships

Rep Assembly – Fall and Spring dates for a booth to promote the CYA and CCGS

Articles in Girl Scout publications:  Neighborhood Announcements, Leader Program Bulletin, Course Catalog, and Connections

GSEM, OCS and Archdiocese websites, GSEM and OCS e-blasts, Facebook, Twitter, parish and school websites, newsletters and bulletins

4-Retreats and Events

Faith and Friends Retreat; every other year

Weekend Retreats for Girls; every year

Day of Discipleship Celebration for girls completing the Mary, The First Disciple Faith Formation award

Sharing the Spirit Celebration for girls completing the Spirit Alive Faith Formation award

Romantic Revolution Retreat for teenagers; hosted annually by the REAP Team 

Presentation Sunday Prayer Service and Awards Ceremony for Mary, The First Disciple and Spirit Alive award recipients; annually in March at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Day of Reflection or Adult Retreat

General Information

The Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts was formed in the 1950's to oversee the development of a spiritual presence in the activities of the Girl Scout programs. The St. Louis Archdiocese, through its parishes and schools, is the largest single sponsor of Scouts in the St. Louis area. The Catholic Committee is a group of people, lay and religious who believe that the scouting is a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic church. Youth in scouting should be helped with their spiritual citizenship as well as their earthly citizenship. Most of the members are active in scouting in other way, but they have dedicated themselves to this extra effort. 

 

MEMBERS: Please Visit the CCS Members Page.

National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA

Please visit the new NCCGSCF website, designed just for girls!

National Federation For Catholic Youth Ministry

National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USAThe National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) seeks to foster positive and value-centered programs for Catholic youth.

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by advocating for and supporting Catholic youth ministry on the national, diocesan, and local level. As a professional organization of affiliated dioceses and collaborating members, we: advocate for the role and needs of young people in the Church and in society and promote the role of the Church and the Gospel in the lives of young people, promote a comprehensive approach to youth ministry as articulated in Renewing the Vision, provide leadership, resources, services, and conferences for the education and formation of diocesan leaders, youth ministers, and young people, support diocesan youth ministry leaders and collaborating members, dialogue and collaborate with the U.S. Catholic Bishops and national leadership organizations for the promotion of youth ministry and the professional development of church leaders. In response to the Gospel, and in pursuit of our mission and vision, we act in accord with these values: the dignity and giftedness of each person, the baptismal call of each person to discipleship and ministry, the gifts and charisma of young people, the richness of diversity, the challenge of justice and peace, the wisdom of shared leadership.

Girl Scouts of the USA and Camp Fire USA are commended for their continued commitment to the faith development of youth in their programs.

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