Retreats and Training for Adults

Moderators 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.

All meetings are at the Cardinal Rigali Center, in the CYA conference room (2nd Floor West Wing). Times vary by date

Day Training Dates:

  • Monday, March 14, 2016, 11:00-1:00 PM

Evening Training Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Friday, June 10, 2016, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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. 

We will provide drinks and a light snack. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the meeting to ensure a prompt start.

To register for the Moderator Training please register online at

Call Joe Dobrynski at 314-792-7613 or email for further questions.

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

New this year....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 Presentation 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.


Catholic Programs Workshop for Cub, Boy and Venture Scouts!

Are you interested in learing more about our Catholic Programs?


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!!!!  (food and drinks provided)


To Register: e-mail or call the Office of Youth Ministry at




For more information see the attached flyer below.



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. 

In the interim we ask that you purchase the counselors guide book, read it, and start your program. 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


 Adolescent Catechesis

National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis Defined -

The Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis began in 2003 from a desire to develop a common vision for adolescent catechesis in order to address serious lapses in the Church’s formation of adolescents. Since its inception, the Partnership has worked to complement the themes and approaches for catechesis with adolescents as presented in the National Directory for Catechesis (2005), the U.S. Church’s guide to religious formation which is shaped by the Vatican’s General Directory for Catechesis (1997).

Concurrent with these developments within the Catholic Church, the National Study of Youth and Religionidentified serious challenges regarding the ability of Catholic adolescents to articulate their faith and live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The CARA Report, digesting the NSYR research, reinforced among Catholic leaders the growing need for parish and school leaders to rethink the Church’s pastoral ministry and educational outreach with young people. Uppermost on the minds of pastoral and educational leaders is the quality and quantity of the resources, including trained personnel, dedicated to responding to the religious and spiritual hungers of our young people. In response to these developments, the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis has begun the groundbreaking development of a seven-year National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis.

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
Chaplain Handbook.pdf99.45 KB
Ad Altare Dei Board of Review Guide.pdf56.63 KB
Booklet Changes 2012.pdf180.38 KB
Board of Review Guide for the Pope Pius XII Program 2005 - revised.doc29.5 KB