For anyone looking to become a "Ad Altare Dei" and/or "Pope Pius" Counselor both BSA & Catholic Youth Protection Training programs are required along with Catholic Committee On Scouting-Position Training prior to running a Course. Any questions please contact Bob Gabage, Chair Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Committee On Scouting @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Commmittee on Scouting website, click here
What is the Saint George Trek?
The St. George Trek is a biennial, high adventure, backpacking retreat program for Catholic Scouts and Venturers administered by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America’s Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. The program begins and ends in Albuquerque, NM, but the hike, itself, takes place at Philmont.
In this program, Philmont’s high adventure backpacking experience is placed within the context of a retreat program dedicated to assisting a scout’s awareness of his or her Christian vocation. There are adult advisors for each crew of 8-10 scouts to provide supervision, and there will be opportunities to experience the Sacraments and the Church’s life of prayer on a daily basis while hiking through “God’s Country.”
To learn more and to download an application, click here.
All Catholic Chartered Unit Leaders (Pack, Troop, Crew, & Ship), the Archdiocese of Philadelphia currently requires all volunteers (of all faiths) working with Catholic Chartered Scouting Youth (<18) on a regular basis to attend the "Office for Child & Youth Protection" training offered by Virtus (see the link below) and to have a criminal background check (see the Parish Office for Forms).
The Catholic Youth Protection program is very similar to the BSA Youth Protection program BUT the Catholic Church will NOT accept the BSA version to satisfy their volunteer training requirements.
To register for this training, click here
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