Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: religious awards
Re: religious awards
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 11:40:50 -0500
That is correct, and the next award to be earned is the Ad Altari Dei award
for a Boy Scout who has completed one year as a Boy Scout and also the 6th
grade. That creates a bit of "lag time" unfortunately, but this can be
filled easily through active participation in the local parish as a server,
in the Religious Education program and as an active participant in any
Church sponsored activities for Scouts, especially Scout Sunday in February.
The family can help by continuing the kinds of chats and activities that are
started by the Parvuli Dei program about how what the Church is teaching is
part of what Scouts is teaching and how a Scout as a Catholic should be
living his life. The Ad Altari Dei program will do this in a concentrated
effort by casting the sacraments into the light of Scouting using Scouting
ideas, ideals and symbols to elucidate Catholic teachings.
Take the boy to different Catholic Churches and, if possible, to the
Diocesan Cathedral. Get someone who is older to talk about the wonders of
the pre-Vatican Church so he gets a sense of the history. Let the boy see
you constantly exploring your own Church. Let him ask questions and find
the answers together. Have family service projects, that is to say, that
the family goes out as a unit (as well as individuals, both are good,
neither is better, each is productive and fulfilling) and on a regular basis
does works of mercy, prays the Rosary, goes to Holy Hours, Missions, parish
I worked with a boy who could have done the Ad Altari Dei workbook in an
afternoon were it not for the activities because that's exactly what his
family did. They talked a lot about their faith, the teachings, the
practices, and lived what they talked about. It was difficult for me to
challenge this young man in his knowledge and practice. That's a good thing
because then, I could go for helping him take the Church teachings to heart.
Hope that helps and not merely overwhelms!