Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

About the Emblem:

The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) emblem is to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes, and also to develop a good, positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community.

Program Objectives:

To help the Scout of his age develop an awareness of God's love for each one of His special, unique created beings.
To help the Scout become aware and understand his identity as an important member of his family, his community, and as a member of the Family of God.
To continue to develop an awareness as members of the parish and the Body of Christ.
To aid the Scout in his awareness of the responsibilities that grow out of God's love for us.


Registered 8 to 10 year old (Bear or Webelos) of Catholic Faith.


Each Cub have his own Activity Book.
The book is designed for the Cub and his parent or guardian to work together.
The Cub will be required to make a banner as part of the requirements.
Diocesan and BSA Youth Protection policies must be followed.

Getting Started:

Emblem Books may be obtained most economically and quickly from your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shops. or online at "" or contact at the Diocese of Rochester

Although the book could be completed in four to six hours, the goal of earning a religious emblem is to help the Cub develop a personal relationship with Jesus, so it is suggested that steps be spread over several weeks. This will help the Cub understand that this is a long-term commitment, not a one-time project.

Scout's Role:

Actively work on the activities with his parents or guardians.
Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of his progress.

Parent's Role:

Actively work on the activities with their son. He may need your help with Bible readings and getting information.
Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of the Cub's progress.
Parent Guide Resource

Program Completion:

When a Cub completes all steps, he is to present the book to his parish priest or the priest's representative and the book is reviewed with the Cub.

After the pastor or his representative signs the book and the application form, only the application form, order form and check need to be sent to:
                                      Diocese of Rochester
                                      c/o  Alison LeChase
                                      Diocesan Liaison for Catholic Scouting
                                      1150 Buffalo Road
                                      Rochester, NY 14624

Once the application is received and approved further instructions on how to obtain the religious emblem will be mailed to you with details about the emblem presentation on February 3, 2018.

Scouts who earn this Religious Emblem are also entitled to wear a BSA Religious Knot over their left pocket. These knots are to presented at the Parish level and will not be presented at the Celebration of Catholic Scouting.
2018 Celebration of Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems 
February 3, 2018
Sacred Heart Cathedral