Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Camp Fire
There are four Catholic Religious Emblems available to Girl Scouts and Camp Fire offered through the NFCYM/NCCGSCF. The Family of God program is the official religious recognition program of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S.A. for children ages 7-9, who are enrolled in the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Camp Fire USA, and The Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas. The Family of God is an activity series developed to complement the catechetical efforts of the parish and families with children in the second and third grades. The Live My Faith program is designed to help Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members, ages 9-11, appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in their daily life. Through Mary, the First Disciple (Marian Medal), young Catholics (ages 12-15) will grow in appreciation of Mary and in understanding themselves. They will meet Mary in Scripture as a young teenager and will follow her journey, as she becomes a woman and the Mother of God. The Spirit Alive program is designed for Catholic youth in high school who are in the Senior/Ambassador level of Girl Scouts or are Horizon Club members of Camp Fire. It assists them in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the church’s ministry.
Diocesan Youth Religious Emblems
The Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting offers the “Child of God” award to Daisies in Kindergarten or first grade and the “Ave Maria” to girls in second or third grade. The purpose of the “Child of God” award is to make students aware of the role they play in their family, church and school. The purpose of the “Ave Maria” is to help each girl become more aware of God's presence in her daily life, especially within her home and community, under the protection and care of her special patroness, the Blessed Mother.
Youth Recognition Ceremony
Each year, our archdiocese holds a Religious Emblems Conferral Mass to honor those Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts, and Venturing Crew members who have earned an emblem. The Mass will be celebrated on a date TBD in 2018 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi at 9:30am and is presided over by The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe.