Pope Paul VI Award
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 1 Aug 1995 23:49:05 -0400
I think that the award you saw was the Pope Paul VI Award, the "VI"
on the patch is easy to mistake for "II". This patch can be earned by a
unit in successive years and each year after the first a year patch is
awarded in lieu of a second patch. The proper place for this is on the
right pocket as a temporary patch - it definitely does not belong on the
right shoulder - that is where the patrol patch and the quality unit
patch belong. Here is a run down on that award:
POPE PAUL VI NATIONAL UNIT RECOGNITION:
The purpose of this program is to promote Catholic membership and
recognize the chartered organization, to motivate and improve the
effectiveness of the individual unit and its adult leadership, and
provide each youth with a top quality program, which encompasses the
religious, vocational, and educational aspects of Scouting under
Catholic auspices. To qualify for this award a unit must complete
the following requirements:
1.Training: The unit participates regularly in the training activity
programs of the Council and Catholic Committee.
a. The unit met with a certified Catholic religious emblems counselor
in the past year.
b. The principle unit leader has complete leader
a. The unit has at least one leader who has experienced the Scouter
development program within three years.
b. The unit has one or more registered, trained, and active assistant
c. The unit committee reviews active leaders for the St. George
emblem and diocesan adult recognition annually.
a. The unit conducted a service project for its church,
parish/diocesan community, or chartered organization within the past
4. Spiritual Growth:
a. The unit provided a presentation to its members about available
religious emblems within the last year.
5. Religious Activities:
a. The unit participated in one or more of the following
experiences: retreat, bible vigil, day of recollection, Holy hour, or
similar activity particularly those conducted by the
Catholic Committee on Scouting within the past twelve months.
6. Vocational Awareness: During the past year the unit was involved in
one or both of the following:
a. Training of one or more chaplains-aides.
b. An orientation on Church related vocations.
a. The Chartered Organization Representative or a unit committee
member meets with a representative of the diocesan Catholic Committee on
b. The unit program is reviewed annually by the executive officer of
the chartered organization, the unit committee chairman, and a
c. The unit is actively working toward the BSA quality unit award.
a. The unit has a plan for growth and increased membership.
b. The unit annually reviews the meaning and the obligations of the
Cub Scout Promise, the Boy Scout Oath and Law, Varsity Scout Pledge, or
From: Michael F. Bowman and James Bryant, A Scout's Duty to God and
Country, 3d Ed. Gilwell Spirit Press:Alexandria Va (1995)($20)
Other religious denominations also offer similar programs for units
chartered to their churches -- Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and
United Methodists. The requirements are similar and each offers a patch
for individual Scouts and a unit ribbon.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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