Archdiocese of New York
Catholic Committee on Scouting
c/o Walter Gaceta
6 Adams Street, Suite 3 · Kingston, New York 12401
845-340-9170 Ext. 107 · 845-340-9596 Fax

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2017 Annual Catholic Scout Retreat
Celebrating "Visions of Faith"
•Saturday November 18th, 2017 @ Marior Shrine & Don Bosco Retreat Center
174 Filors Lane, Stony Point, NY 10980 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2017 Retreat Flyer

Youth Emblem / Adult Recognition Ceremony
•Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 @ St. Patrick’s Cathedral - 1:00 PM Registration


Please remember that all emblems applications and awards nominations will be collected by local Catholic Committees and sent to the Office of Scouting in Kingston using the latest revised order forms and price list, which is attached to this newsletter but also will be available on our website at all times.  Orders will not be accepted from individuals but will be forwarded to the respective local Catholic Committee for processing.  Mr. Walter Gaceta in Kingston will process completed applications and send medals and awards back to the local Catholic Committees for local presentation or hold them for presentation during Emblem Sunday in the spring. As a reminder, the deadline for adult recognition nominations and unit awards must be received at the Office of Scouting in Kingston by February 18, 2018 and all emblem applications for Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Marian Medal and Spirit Alive awards must be approved by local committees and submitted to the Office of Scouting in Kingston by February 18, 2018 as well.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Please use this address for Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Marian Medal and Spirit Alive awards, all adult nominations and all unit awards:

Archdiocese of New York Catholic Committee on Scouting
c/o Walter Gaceta
6 Adams Street, Suite 3
Kingston, New York 12401

Please use this revised price 2018-2019 awards.  Click to download the form here in either version:   WORD     PDF



In our Archdiocese, All prospective staff members in any Archdiocesan institution, whether paid or volunteer, whose position or duties would place them in regular contact with minors, must:

  • Complete the Screening Process (including submitting to a background check);
  • Abide by the Safe Environment Policies, the Policy Relating to Sexual Misconduct, and the Code of Conduct; and
  • Complete the Safe Environment Training appropriate to their position.

    The Screening Process -- including the background check -- must be completed before a person starts work. The appropriate training must be completed within 45 days of commencing their duties. If a program is scheduled to last for less than 45 days (e.g., vacation bible schools, summer camps, etc.), all new personnel must complete both Safe Environment requirements before the program begins.

    If any person fails to satisfy the Safe Environment requirements by the appropriate date, they may not come into contact with minors in any program or activity of the Archdiocese or any of its parishes or institutions until they complete the Safe Environment requirements.

    Archbishop Dolan has issued a letter re-affirming the Safe Environment requirements and policies. A copy of the letter can be downloaded here. New policies regarding electronic communications, internet and computer use -- including the use of social networking sites -- can be downloaded here. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued an overview of the process by which complaints against clergymen are handled. It can be downloaded here.

    The full Safe Environment Policies can be downloaded here. Frequently Asked Questions about the policies can be found here.

    The full Archdiocesan policy regarding sexual misconduct can be found here. A summary of this policy can be found here. The policy summary is also available in Spanish aquí

    Effective immediately, workbooks and coursebooks for emblems for boys and awards for girls are in stock and available from the Office of Scouting but a new order form must be used and sent to a new address in Kingston.  Orders will no longer be accepted at 1011 First Avenue in Manhattan.  Books for boys may also be purchased for our Scouts through their local Catholic Committees or Scout councils.  The current revised price list/order form is attached to this newsletter and on the website. 

    The National Committee has created a combined prayer book for both Cub Scouts (DUTY TO GOD) and Boy Scouts and Venturers (A SCOUT IS REVERENT).  This guide is small and has been designed to fit into a uniform shirt pocket.  The book is a wonderful gift for the Catholic Scout at a cost of only $1.00 each. 

    The National Committee has also created a summary of the major programs, emblems and awards for Catholic Boy Scouting. This guide is also small and has been designed to fit into a uniform shirt pocket.  This booklet is most suitable for the Scout volunteer.  Copies are available for $0.25 each.

    The Rosary Patch Series focuses on the four Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and a new patch centered on how to Pray the Rosary. This is an opportunity for youth and adults to learn more about their faith. All youths and adults can work on this activity and earn the patch. This activity can be worked on individually or as a group. It is not necessary to send the completed form. Adults can verify the correct answers. Each patch will cost $4.00. For more information and to obtain requirements, please go directly to or NCCS Rosary Patch Order Form .  PRAY THE ROSARY!

    The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has created a monthly version of its excellent newsletter.  To stay current on all the latest Catholic Scouting news, sign up for the eBridge by registering at to be added to the mailing list.

    The Archdiocese of New York Catholic Committee on Scouting is a volunteer committee affiliated with the Archdiocese of New York Youth Ministry through Catholic Charities.  

    We serve the Cubs and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Rockland, and Ulster counties. 

    The Archdiocese of New York encompasses over 4,000 square miles and is divided into 19 geographical areas (vicariates).

    The Committee is dedicated to promoting “Duty to God” at each level of Scouting. We are affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS), an advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts.  We are part of Region 2 of the NCCS.

    Each year our committee holds several events to promote Catholic Scouting. These events include a  Scouter Development Training Course, regular Religious Emblems Counselor Training sessions, a Religious Emblem Recognition Ceremony at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, and coordinated Scout Sunday events in local parishes with participating Catholic Scouts and Catholic-chartered units. We are able to accomplish these events because of the many dedicated leaders that donate their time and energy to providing a quality program.

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