The St. George Emblem
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the local diocese, 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 youth in Scouting.
Annually, each (arch)diocese is permitted to present one emblem plus one additional emblem for every 20 Catholic units or fractions thereof within the (arch)diocese as of December 31 preceding the nomination, according to the records of the national office. An emphasis should be placed on the importance of being selective. No posthumous or honorary recognitions are to be made. There should be no feeling that the full quota must be used every year.
The recipients of the emblem are to be sought after by an active committee of the (arch)diocese. This committee is to be newly appointed annually by the (arch)diocesan Scout chaplain and/or chairperson.
Recommendations should carefully detail how the nominee provides outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA presents its own awards for general Scouting achievements by districts, local councils, regions, and the national office.
Guide for Nomination and Selection
The following are guidelines for nomination and/or selection of the St. George Emblem recipients. These suggestions are offered as a guide only: They are indicative of some of the things that the nominator and/or selection committee should be looking for. This list is not inclusive as there are many other areas that could be considered.
NOTE: Work accomplishment and sustained dedication rather than a specific number of years in Scouting should be the criteria for receiving this emblem.
- Promote the religious emblem programs for Catholic youth and/or serve as a counselor/moderator/coordinator. Encourage non-Catholic youth to participate in the religious emblem 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 and promotion of Scout retreats and days of recollection.
- Notable service ion organizing and maintaining Scout units under Catholic auspices, including multiple units where needed.
- Notable service in bringing the Catholic program to those youth in Scouting units not under Catholic auspices.
- One who fully utilizes his training in Scouting and leadership formation for Scouters (Scouters Development) to provide an outstanding Catholic Scouting program to youth.
- Responsible for providing an opportunity for Catholic worship service at camporees and summer camps. These worship services must be consistent with the documents of the NCCB. This person should also provide for the spiritual needs of the non-Catholics within the groups.
- Encourage the true spirit of ecumenism and Catholic leadership within various Scouting units under Catholic auspices.
- Through the Catholic press and other communication media, create a better understanding of the aims and ideals of Scouting as youth ministry.
- Educating clergy and laity at the diocese and parish level that ownership in the Scout programs, Catholic chartered units, and leadership rest with them and not the BSA and thus a viable youth ministry.
- Give leadership in promoting Scouting for all youth regardless of race or creed and instrumental in organizing Scouting units for minority and disadvantaged youths.
Download a nomination form for the St. Emblem Award