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INTRODUCTION for BOY SCOUTING
The Archdiocese of New York, through the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, can recognize adults who are actively engaged in assisting the development of Catholic Boy Scouting in two ways.

The first of these two is the Bronze Pelican. This emblem was created within the Archdiocese of New York, with the first being awarded in 1950. It is an Archdiocesan Award, not a Scout Award.

The second, and senior, emblem is the Saint George, named after the patron Saint of Scouting. The St. George award was created by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting to recognize significant contributions to the development of Catholic Scouting. It was first presented within the Archdiocese of New York in 1957.


PURPOSE OF CATHOLIC SCOUTING ADULT EMBLEMS
The Bronze Pelican, and the St. George, are intended to recognize adults for their contribution to Catholic Scouting. They are not presented to an individual merely for being involved in Boy Scouting and being a Catholic. Both awards are presented in recognition of the significant contributions of the individual in integrating Catholicism and Scouting.


WHO MAY QUALIFY FOR CATHOLIC SCOUTING ADULT EMBLEMS
Both adult Catholic Scouting Awards may be presented to:

a) clergy (including priests, deacons, sisters and other professed Catholic religious),

b) Catholic laypeople who are actively involved in Boy Scouting,

c) Non-Catholics Scouters who have made significant contributions to Catholic Scouting, and d) Non-Scouters who have provided exemplary support to Catholic Scouting.

The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of the Catholic youth in the scouting program.

LIMITS ON THE NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS LOCAL COUNCIL COMMITTEES MAY SUBMIT FOR THE BRONZE PELICAN
There are specific maximum limits upon the number of nominations a local council Catholic committee may endorse and submit to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting. These limits are based on the aggregate number of Scout units (packs, troops and posts) within the council area whose Chartering institution is affiliated with the Catholic Church. These institutions would include parishes, Catholic schools or their parent/teacher groups, Knights of Columbus Councils, etc.

The maximum number of nominations for the Bronze Pelican a local council Catholic committee may endorse and submit to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting is equal to 20% of the number of units under Catholic auspices (as defined above). This number is rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Nominees which would be Honora Causa, that is Catholic religious, non-Catholics and professional Scouters are not included in the maximum numbers defined above.

LIMITS ON THE NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE ST. GEORGE AWARD
For the St. George Award, the Archdiocese is limited in the number that may be given. The allowance is one Award, plus an additional award for each 20 registered units under Catholic auspices (or part thereof) in the Archdiocese. Within this allocation, there is no set distribution to local Council Committees. The Executive Committee of the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting seeks the support and assistance of local Council Catholic committees in screening and endorsing nominations for the St. George Award.

ALL nominations for this recognition, however, should be submitted to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, either with or without an endorsement.

LIMITS ARE NOT QUOTAS
The above represents the maximums a local council Catholic Committee may endorse. This does NOT mean that local council Catholic committees should “stretch” the criteria to enable the maximum number to be submitted each year. Local committees should keep in mind the meaning and significance of the Award and not “water it down.”

Should a local council Catholic committee have another nomination, or nominations, above the maximum indicated above, whom they feel are equally qualified and worthy of recognition, they should submit this/these nominations, complete with documentation, for consideration by the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting. These additional nominations should be forwarded with a cover letter detailing the reasons the local council Catholic committee believes a waiver should be granted by the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Should local council Catholic committees not endorse and submit any nominations to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, they should: a) advise the nominator that the nomination was not endorsed by the local council Catholic committee for the current year and that the nomination will be kept on file for consideration the next year, and b) retain the nomination and review it the following year (with updates as appropriate).

Local council Catholic committees must use extreme sensitivity and care is advising a nominator of non-endorsement so as not to create any hard feelings or negative reactions. Local council Catholic committees may, at their discretion, invite nominators to their meeting to present their nomination and listen to the deliberations of the local committee.

PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION FOR CATHOLIC SCOUTING ADULT EMBLEMS
The key word is NOMINATION. The Catholic adult awards can not be earned, like a Scouting training award. An individual must be nominated by a third party. 

The nominating individual can be any person who is aware of the contributions of the nominee to Catholic Scouting, whether a member of the religious, a Catholic Scouter, or an outside individual.

Any individual may obtain a nomination form from the local Boy Scout Council Catholic Relations Committee.  Forms may also be downloaded from this website here. ACCSAdultRecNom.pdf
 
The nomination form is to be completed with as much detail as possible, including support letter(s) of recommendation, and documentation of the service to Catholic Scouting provided by the nominee.

For individuals contributing to Catholic Scouting at the council, district, or unit level, the completed nomination form and documentation should be submitted to the local Boy Scout Council Catholic Relations Committee, care of the local Scout Council office.  It should be noted that local Scout Council Catholic Committees are limited in the number of individuals that they may approve and forward to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting for their subsequent action.

Nominations for individuals whose contributions have been solely on an Archdiocesan level can be submitted directly to the Office of Scouting in Kingston. 

Nominations received by the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting are then reviewed. If approved by the Archdiocese Committee, they are then submitted to the Chancery office of the Archdiocese for final approval.

No individual may receive either the Bronze Pelican, or the St. George award, until this nomination, and approval, process has occurred.

It should be noted the adult Catholic Scout awards are presented only once each year, usually in the Spring during Emblems Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 

It is essential that all nominations for adult awards be submitted the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, via the local council Catholic committee when appropriate, no later than eight weeks prior to Emblems Sunday each year. Local council Catholic committees will be advised of specific cut-off dates for submission of nominations each year.  The next deadline is February 28, 2011.

LOCAL COUNCIL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE REVIEW PROCEDURES
At the end of each calendar year, local council Catholic Committees will review the activities and contributions of active Scout leaders within their council area to determine the potential eligibility of individuals for either the Bronze Pelican or the St. George Award. The local council Catholic Committee will then proceed to have nomination forms and documentation completed for the appropriate individuals.

Approximately one month later, the local council Catholic Committee will review and evaluate all completed nomination forms and documentation, including those received from persons independent of the committee.

The local committee may approve those nominations where the nominee has satisfied the prerequisites for the emblem and has most fully contributed to Catholic Scouting. It must be emphasized that the criteria is Catholic Scouting. This should NOT be interpreted as meaning the council Catholic Committee.

Local council Catholic committees will then submit the appropriate nominations, complete with all documentation and their endorsement, to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting for review and consideration. Submissions of nominations must include payment for the emblem in accordance with the current price list as issued by the Office of Scouting in Kingston.

Local council Catholic committees should keep the names of the nominees they receive confidential, whether they endorse the nomination or not. This is essential since there is no guarantee that the nomination will be favorably acted upon by the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting or approved by the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese.

ARCHDIOCESE CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING PROCEDURES
Should the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting directly receive a nomination for a person whose contributions are solely within a local council area, the nomination should be referred back to the individual council Catholic committee for their endorsement.

Approximately seven weeks prior to Scout Emblems Sunday each year, the Executive Committee of the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting will meet to review and examine all nominations for the Bronze Pelican and the St. George Award received from local council Catholic committees as well as those submitted directly to the Archdiocese committee. Nominations in the later category should be for those persons whose contributions to Catholic Scouting substantially exceed an individual local council area.

The Executive Committee is composed of the Archdiocese Scout Chaplain, Chairperson, Archdiocese Scouting Liaison, and Archdiocese sub-committee chairs (emblems, training, membership chairs, etc.) The Executive Committee does not include local council Catholic committee chairs.

This committee will first review, examine and make a determination relative to nominations received and endorsed by local council Catholic committees. The committee will then deliberate and make a determination relative to nominations submitted directly to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting.

After the above has been completed, the Executive Committee will then review and discuss any requests from local council Catholic committees for a waiver of the rules relative to the maximum number of nominations, and the specific nominations to which they pertain.

The Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting Executive Committee does not have the power to waive the prerequisites for either the Bronze Pelican or the St. George Award, except as previously stated.

Following deliberations and determination of the status of all of the nominations reviewed by the Executive Committee, the committee will then submit the names of the nominees they endorse to the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of New York for final approval.

Following receipt of approval from the Chancery Office, the Executive Committee will: a) advise the nominator that the recommendation/nomination has been approved, and b) advise the nominee that they have been selected to be recognized with the appropriate Emblem.

The Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting will follow the same procedures for nominations that are not endorsed by the Executive Committee as detailed under local council procedures.

MODIFICATION OF THESE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The complete description of the Policies and Procedures for the Archdiocese of New York Catholic Committee on Scouting for Adult Awards may be found here.   Polices and Procedures 

These policies and procedures can be modified or revised only: 

a) following discussion and agreement of the Executive Committee of the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting in conjunction with the chairpersons of the local council Catholic committees within the Archdiocese, and 

b) after approval of the Executive Director of the CYO. 

Any changes or modification to these policies and procedures will not take effect until the next program year. Modification or revisions can not be made which would affect, either positively or negatively, any nominations for adult emblems currently under consideration.

 

Archdiocese of New York Adult Recognition

The Bronze Pelican
The Bronze Pelican is awarded annually to recognize adult service to the Catholic youth through Scouting. 

These diocesan adult recognition recipients are not eligible to receive the BSA Adult Religious square knot.

Although the Bronze Pelican is ordered through the National Catholic Committee on Scouting ® office, it is a diocesan award with diocesan requirements. 

All nominations must be submitted by February 28, 2011 for consideration

General Information

This emblem was created within the Archdiocese of New York, with the first being awarded in 1950. It is an Archdiocesan Award, not a Scout Award.

The purpose of the Bronze Pelican is to recognize the recipient's outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America.

In the Archdiocese of New York, the Bronze Pelican is a prerequisite for earning the St. George Award.

Eligibility

  • Any adult who is working in the Scouting Program.
  • May be given to clergy, religious, laity, or Scouters of other faiths.
  • A Scouter does not earn the St. George emblem but is recommended by application to a board of review by another person.

Prerequisites

There are two prerequisites that must be fulfilled before any Catholic Scout layperson can be nominated for the Bronze Pelican.
  • They must have been a registered, and active, Scouter for each of the past three years.
  • They must have completed the Catholic Scouter Development Course during the past three years. 
  • These prerequisites do not apply to any Catholic clergy, non-Scouters or non-Catholics.

Guidelines for nomination and selection

Other than the two prerequisites immediately above, there are no specific set requirements for nomination for the Bronze Pelican. 

The individual making the nomination must assess the overall contribution of the nominee to Catholic Scouting. The following, however, are provided to provide possible guidelines for qualification. 

It is not necessary for the nominee to have contributed in each of the guideline areas. The depth of service is more important than the breadth of service.

The following can be some areas of contribution, a combination of which might make an individual a possible nominee for the Bronze Pelican:

  • Notable service in promoting Catholic Activities and projects for the Church.
  • Promoting the Religious Emblems Program for Catholic Cubs/Scouts/Explorers and/or serving as an Emblems Coordinator/counselor/moderator.
  • Being an active, contributing member of the local council Catholic Committee and providing leadership in the activities of the local council or Archdiocese Catholic committees.

Requirements

  • Completed nomination form returned to the local council Catholic Committee.
  • A new nomination form must be submitted each year.
  • A limited number of emblems can be issued each year.

Number of awards available

  • There are specific maximum limits upon the number of nominations a local council Catholic committee may endorse and submit to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting. 
  • These limits are based on the aggregate number of Scout units (packs, troops and crews) within the council area whose Chartering institution is affiliated with the Catholic Church. These institutions would include parishes, Catholic schools or their parent/teacher groups, Knights of Columbus Councils, etc.
  • The maximum number of nominations for the Bronze Pelican a local council Catholic committee may endorse and submit to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting is equal to 20% of the number of units under Catholic auspices (as defined above). This number is rounded up to the nearest whole number.
  • Nominees which would be “Honora Causa”, that is Catholic religious, non-Catholics and professional Scouters are not included in the maximum numbers defined above. The “Honora Causa” presentation is primarily for non-Catholics, and does not require participation or completion of the Scouter Development Course. This form of presentation is also used for professional Scouters who have contributed to Catholic Scouting.

Presentation

The emblem is usually presented at our annual Emblems/Awards Recognition Ceremony each spring at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  

Current Nomination Forms

  • Forms may be obtained from the local Boy Scout Council Catholic Relations Committee.  
  • Forms may also be downloaded from this website here.  ACCSAdultRecNom.pdf

Deadline for Nomination

February 28, 2011

How and Where to Submit Nomination Forms once Endorsed by Boy Scout Council Catholic Relations Committee.  

Mail completed nomination forms to

Archdiocese of New York Catholic Committee on Scouting
c/o Thomas J. Kelly
59 Pearl Street
Kingston, New York 12401

 

 

St. George Adult Recognition (NCCS/BSA)

The St. George Adult Recognition is the NCCS recognition for Adult (Boy) Scouters that is awarded at the diocesan level.  

Scouters are nominated by their peers and a committee is formed to assess the merits of those nominated. 

The number of St. George Recognitions a diocese committee can award each year is limited to a formula based on the number of Catholic units in the diocese. 

Recipients of the St. George Recognition are eligible to also receive the BSA Adult Religious knot.

The national requirements for the St. George Adult Recognition can be found on the NCCS website.

General Information

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through our local archdiocese committee, may award the St. George emblem to members of the laity and clergy, Scouters and non-Scouters alike, who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting.

The recipients of the emblem are to be sought after and selected by an active committee of the archdiocese. This committee is to be newly-appointed each year by the diocesan Scout chaplain or chairperson.

Nomination forms should give a detailed description of how the nominee provides outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting in the Catholic Church. It is improper to nominate oneself or one’s spouse.

General Scouting achievements do not qualify a person to receive the St. George emblem. The Boy Scouts of America has district, council, regional and national awards for such recognition.

Eligibility

  • Any adult who is working in the Scouting Program.
  • May be given to clergy, religious, laity, or Scouters of other faiths.
  • A Scouter does not earn the St. George emblem but is recommended by application to a board of review by another person.

Prerequisites

  • Within the Archdiocese of New York, a nominee for the St. George Award who is a Scouter (either Catholic or non-Catholic) must have received the Bronze Pelican emblem at least three or more years previously to be considered. 
  • This prerequisite also applies to priests, deacons, nuns and other professed religious whose nomination is submitted to the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting via local council Catholic Committees. 
  • This prerequisite may be waived by the Executive Committee of the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting only under exceptional circumstances.

Purpose

  • The St. George Emblem is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting ® emblem awarded by an archdiocese.
  • The purpose of the St. George Emblem is to recognize the recipient's outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Guidelines for nomination and selection

When the Saint George Award was initially adopted by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting there was a requirement that the nominee have at least ten years service to Catholic scouting. 

While a specific term of service requirement has been dropped, nominators should keep in mind that the Saint George Award is the highest recognition that can be given for service to Catholic Scouting. The nominee should have both exceptional breadth and depth of service.

The following are some examples, a combination of which might make a person a possible candidate for this recognition. These suggestions are offered as a guide only; however, they are indicative of some of the things that the Executive Committee of the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting would be looking for when considering nominations for approval. This list is not inclusive as there are many other areas that could be considered.

  • Promote the Religious Emblems Program to Catholic youth and serve as an emblems coordinator/counselor/moderator. Encourage non-Catholic youth to participate in the Religious Emblems Program of their faith.
  • Notable service in promoting Catholic activities and service projects for the Church and willingness to serve on like committees.
  • Active participation in conducting the Scouter Development program, Scout Retreats or days of recollection - instrumental in having others participate.
  • Outstanding service in promoting and participating in Scout Sunday observance.
  • Giving notable service in organizing and maintaining Catholic-chartered Scouting units including multiple units where needed.
  • Giving notable service in bringing the Catholic program to those youths not in Catholic-chartered Scouting units.  
  • Using fully one’s general Scouter training as well as “Scouter Development” to provide an outstanding Catholic Scouting program for youths.
  • Arranging opportunities for Mass and other Catholic worship services at camporees and summer camps. These must be consistent with the documents of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Providing also for the spiritual needs of non-Catholic Scouts.
  • Encouraging appropriate ecumenism and Catholic leadership within the various Catholic-chartered Scouting units.  
  • Instrumental in organizing and assisting in Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting programs and promoting the full Scout program in parishes including multiple units where needed.
  • Making a significant contribution to Scouting in the field of Catholic relationships.
  • Through the Catholic press and other communication media, create a better understanding of the aims and ideals of Scouting by clergy and laity.
  • Give leadership in promoting Scouting for all youth regardless of race or creed and instrumental in organizing Scout units, particularly in inner-city areas.
  • Giving leadership in promoting Scouting for all youths regardless of race or creed. Helping organize Scouting units for minority and disadvantaged youths.

Requirements

  • Completed nomination form returned to the nomination committee.
  • A new nomination form must be submitted each year.
  • A limited number of emblems can be issued each year.

Number of awards available

  • Each archdiocese can award one emblem annually plus one additional emblem for every 20 Catholic-chartered units or fractions thereof within the diocese.
  • The total number of units is based on the records at the national office on Dec. 31 of the year preceding the nomination.
  • An archdiocese is not required to present the full quota of emblems each year, but cannot carry over to a following year. Selectivity is important.
  • No posthumous or honorary recognitions are to be made.

Presentation

  • The emblem is usually presented at our annual Emblems/Awards Recognition Ceremony each spring at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Current Nomination Forms

  • Forms may be obtained from the local Boy Scout Council Catholic Relations Committee.  
  • Forms may also be downloaded from this website here. ACCSAdultRecNom.pdf 

Deadline for Nomination

February 28, 2011

How and Where to Submit Nomination Forms

Mail completed nomination forms to

Archdiocese of New York Catholic Committee on Scouting
c/o Thomas J. Kelly
59 Pearl Street
Kingston, New York 12401

 

INTRODUCTION for GIRL SCOUTING
The Archdiocese of New York, through the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, can recognize adults who are actively engaged in assisting the development of Catholic Girl Scouting in two ways.

  • The first of these two is the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal. 

  • The second, and senior, emblem is the Saint Anne Medal.

This kind of person sought as a recipient of a National Adult Recognition should be one of excellent character in every way.

Recipients should be adults currently active with the organizations served. ( Ideally, registered members)

There are no national restrictions regarding recipients.  Awards may be given to clergy, religious, non-Catholics, lay men and women.

Catholic recipients should be exemplary Catholics with the pastors.  Their congregation and clergy should support Non-Catholic recipients.


The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal (NCCGSCF/GSUSA/CFUSA)

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton recognition was inaugurated in 1980 to recognize the meritorious contributions of adults who serve Catholic youth through Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. This medal affirms the work of those who help youth develop their spiritual lives within the context of these organizations. It will ordinarily be received before the St. Anne Medal is earned, but is not a requirement for receiving the St. Anne Medal.

Requirements include:

1.      Has a minimum of three years of active service to youth as an adult member.

2.      Participate in activities, which contribute to the spiritual development of Catholic members of National Organizations service girls (e.g. Retreat Weekends, Days of Recollection, Girl Scout/Campfire Sunday Observances, etc)

3.      Promotes the Religious Recognition Programs available to Catholic members and/or serves as a counselor.

4.      Participates actively in Scouter Development and other adult spiritual motivation days.

5.      Is responsible for Catholic members fulfilling their responsibility to Mass while camping.

6.      Encourages the true spirit of ecumenism as well as parochial responsibility and Catholic leadership with the Girl’s organization served.

7.      Contributes other service to the parish and community.

Nomination forms may be downloaded here.  ACCSAdultRecNom.pdf

Completed forms should be submitted to the local Girl Scout Council Catholic Relations Committee. 

 

 

The Saint Anne Medal (NCCGSCF/GSUSA/CFUSA)

The St. Anne Medal is the highest national recognition for adults who serve Catholic youth through Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. The recognition was inaugurated in 1957 and redesigned in 1980. The purposes of the St. Anne recognition are:

  • to honor the outstanding services of adults who contribute to the spiritual development of Catholic young people in these organizations
  • to further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through these national youth-serving organizations.


Requirements include:

1.      Has a minimum of seven years of active service to youth as an adult member.

2.      Promotes the Religious Recognition Programs for Catholic and /or serves as a counselor.  Encourages non-Catholic members to participate in the Religious Recognition’s of their Faith.

3.      Gives notable service in promoting Catholic activities and service projects for the Church and shows willingness to serve on like committees.

4.      Participates actively in the Scouter Development Program, Retreat or Days of Recollection, instrumental in having others participate.

5.      Gives outstanding service in promoting and participating in Girl Scout/ CampFire Sunday observances.

6.      Gives notable service in extending the National Organization to more members under Catholic auspices.

7.      Assists parishes and Catholic Organizations in the recruiting adults for key leadership programs.

8.      Is fully trained in the skills of the organization and is outstanding for his/her sense of responsibility, humility and good example.

9.      Is responsible for Catholic members being transported to Mass at Camporees and summer camps and provides for spiritual needs of non-Catholics within these groups.

10.  Creats a better understanding of the aims and ideals of the organization by the clergy and laity through Catholic press and other communication media.

11.  Is instrumental in organizing and promoting these programs for all members regardless of race, creed and gives leadership.

12.  Encourages a true spirit of Ecumenism as well as parochial responsibility and Catholic leadership with in the Girl’s organization served.

13. Fosters good relationship with council and is capable of interpreting Catholic programs to Council members

Nomination forms may be downloaded here.  ACCSAdultRecNom.pdf

Completed forms should be submitted to the local Girl Scout Council Catholic Relations Committee. 

 

 

 

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