Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

About the Emblem:

Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting's church-related ministries and vocation program.
The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God.
It includes youth led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of recollection.


Registered Venture Crew Members and Boy Scout of Catholic Faith.
Designed for age 15-16 year old, but all registered Venturers (male or female before their 21st birthday) and all registered Boy Scouts (in high school, before their 18th birthday) are eligible.


Each Venture Crew Member and Scout must have their own Activity Book. The program should be run by the candidates themselves, the adult serves as a Moderator
Ideal group size is 4-12, but the course may be run with smaller groups.
A number of interviews and an investigation of a controversial issue facing the church or society are integral to the program.
A retreat experience, ideally centered on the Pius XII program itself and a ministries service project are required.
The program is designed to be completed in 9-12 sessions. As the youth are older, two hour sessions seem to work well, and flexibility is often required in scheduling sessions and interview feed back’s.
Successfully complete a Pope Pius XII Board of Review.
Diocesan and BSA Youth Protection policies must be followed.
A trained religious emblems coordinator/counselor/moderator is required to work on religious emblems. Contact your Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to become trained and for ceremony schedules.

Getting Started:

Identify a counselor. Ask your Scoutmaster, pastor, parish administrator, director if religious education, any member of the troop committee, or Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting if there is a emblem counselor in your parish or area.
After you have selected your counselor, you must complete the application to begin working on the Emblem program. The application is in the Pope Pius XII Emblem book. The approval application must be signed by the applicant, parent, counselor, Troop leader, and pastor.
Emblem Books may be obtained most economically and quickly from your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shops. Alternatively, they can be obtained directly from BSA Supply at "" or through most Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Scout's Role:

Attend the sessions and as a Venture Crew Member/Scout, the candidate is expected to actively share in group discussions and complete all interviews and activities.meetings.
Actively work on the activities. All journal entries, reports, and written work should be legible and neat.
Be prepared to share experiences at the Board of Review.
Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of his progress.

Facilitator's Role:

Counselors for the Pope Pius XII emblem should be approved in advance by their pastors and Scout Chaplain or Catholic Committee in Scouting.
The Religious Emblem Facilitator Manual is an integral part of this program and contains the necessary resources for anyone. Facilitator Manuals 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
All Religious Emblem Facilitators must have current BSA Youth Protection Training. A Emblems Counselor must have Local Diocese Youth Protection training, Creating a Safe Environment.
Form the group
Act as Facilitator, not group leaders
Help the candidate focus on essential elements and important issues
Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of the youth's progress.

Program Completion:

After all sections have been completed, the counselor will contact the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to find out the schedule for the Pope Pius XII Board of Review.
The Scout will sit before the Board of Review.

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