By earning the Pope Pius XII religious emblem for Catholic Boy Scouts and Venturers, young men and women explore vocations and ministries as they move into adulthood.
To be eligible to work on this emblem, a young man or woman must have started the ninth grade, must be Catholic, and must be a youth member of a Boy Scout Troop or a Venturing Crew. The troop or crew does not have to be chartered by a Catholic organization.
This program focuses on vocations and what direction the youth’s life will take. There are 7 chapters in the workbook:
- In the Beginning
- God and You
- Life Choices
- 9 to 5
- Here I Am
- A Melting Pot
- Putting It All Together
This is a discussion program and is designed to be worked on in a group setting, with youth leading the discussion. An adult counselor provides direction and advice. Each participant has a workbook for jotting down thoughts if they want to, but this program does not involve much writing.
Here is what the participant workbook says:
The purpose of the Pope Pius XII program is to help Catholic Scouts and Venturers more fully develop a Christian way of life within a faith community. Participants explore their baptismal call to bring about an awareness of their current and future calls from God. God’s calls are in three distinct areas, e.e., inner self, secular community and church community. These are all intertwined and impact one’s daily life. They will explore this intertwining to fully understand their primary vocation of giving witness to the Gospel of Christ. The program is organized in chapters based on these calls and their interrelationship.
After completing the program, the applicant completes a peer Board of Review. Then the application is turned in to Catholic Scout Chaplain for your local BSA Council. If you are not sure how to get started, check with your local BSA council or your local Catholic Committee on Scouting. In our diocese, the emblems are then presented at the cathedral on Scout Sunday.