What is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting®
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) is a church committee of concerned Catholic lay people and clergy who see as their mission the constructive use of the program of the Boy Scouts of America as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation.
The committee, which is advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between BSA and the Catholic Church in the United States. Through interaction and dialogue with the Secretariat on the Laity and Family Life (the formal connection between youth ministry in the United States and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), NCCS works cooperatively with various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States.
Youth Ministry and Girl Scouts: Partners in Youth Ministry
Catholic youth ministry and Girl Scouts of the USA have collaborated in many ways for more than twenty years. The Catholic Religious Recognition program is administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire, under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. This program integrates faith and life by providing Girl Scout troops and/or individual Girl Scouts with national awards to earn as well as offering national service awards for adults.
The Girl Scouts of the USA, is committed to helping girls to develop leadership skills for their future. For more than 90 years, the Girl Scout organization has delivered quality experiences for girls ages 5 through 17, at local, national, and international levels. It is a girl-driven program, and reflects the everchanging needs and interests of its participants. Decision making skills are built, responsibility is learned, and leadership is developed. All activities are age-appropriate and based on the Four Program Goals, as well as the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
The local Girl Scout Council, the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, has worked closely with the Archdiocese of San Antonio through the Catholic Committee. Together we have developed a number of local Religion Awards for Girl Scouts. A description of each award and a downloadable booklet can be found on the “Religious Awards for Girl Scouts” link below.