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G - be generous with your time, talents, and skills
I - ideal way to serve God, parish, and the youth in Girl Scouts
R - revel in the benefits of supporting the Catholic youth
L - learn what it takes to become a mentor
S - serve the community by sponsoring a program
C - "charity, which is our greatest virtue" supports monetarily
O - oversee the start up of a program in your parish
U - utilize all possible resources
T - transform our youth into soldiers for God


American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls (AHG) builds women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG is a faith-based organization for girls 5 through 18, where girls experience new challenges that teach service, team-building and leadership skills in a safe and fun environment with a strong outdoor emphasis. 

*Please note that AHG earn the same religious emblems as the Girl Scouts. Thus, the religious emblems listed below apply to AHG members as well. *


News and Announcements

Annual Scout Mass
Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 2:00pm
Saint Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg

All Catholic Scouts are invited to attend the Scout Mass, an annual gathering of all scouts (boys and girls) from around the diocese. During the Mass, scouts who earned a religious emblem in the past year are recognized. As well, awards are given recognizing those who have served Catholic Scouting with excellence in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. The date and time for the Scout Mass in 2014 will be announced at a later date.


Forms

Religious Emblem Order Form

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal Criteria/Nomination Form
See Information Below

Saint Anne Medal Nomination Form
See Information Below

Bronze Pelican Criteria/Nomination Form
See Information Below

Bishop Sullivan Nomination Form
See Information Below

For order information, please email scouting@richmonddiocese.org

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Religious Emblems for Catholic Girls in Scouting

The Religious Awards Program is a nationally developed program available to Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S.A. through the auspices of the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Management Committee. These awards may be earned by girls in any scouting group, however.

The purpose is to continue the spiritual development of youth that are in the Girl Scout movement. Within the Roman Catholic faith, adults are encouraged to take an active part by becoming mentors for Girl Scouts who are Catholic. Within the Diocese of Richmond, all adult volunteers, in any capacity, working with youth are required to complete a Volunteer Application Form that requires confidential reference screenings and criminal background checks. As part of the screening process, all volunteers participant in the diocesan Safe Environment Virtus Training. To register for the Virtus Training, go on the diocesan web site; look on the right side of the homepage for the registration link. The Virtus training dates available are also listed in this location. For additional Virtus information, contact Mary Jane Fuller or by phone at 804-359-5661.

Please pass this information along to your Pastor, Minister of Religious Education, Pastoral Coordinator, parents of scouts, Scout Leaders, or any other adult who would like information about how to start a program, set up a counselor training, or ordering of resource materials.

National Catholic Girl Scout Religious Recognition Program Descriptions

Below, you will see various religious recognition programs available.

The Family of God
Family of God is an activity series developed to complement the catechetical efforts of the parish and families to help Catholic Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA, American Heritage Girls, and Junior Catholic Daughters of Americas explore the presence of God in their lives as part of their own family, parish family, and “God’s family.” This program is designed for scouts ages 7 – 9, in Grades 2 – 3. "The Family of God" Medal or Patch are both available.

family of god medal"The Family of God" Medal or Patch Available


 

I Live My Faith
The I Live My Faith program is designed to help Catholic Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA, American Heritage Girls, and Junior Catholic Daughters of Americas appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in their daily life. The action-oriented activities focus on developing awareness within the individual of his/her potential as a growing person, friend, family member, citizen, and a participant in the community of faith. This program is designed for scouts ages 9-11, in Grades 4-6. "I Live My Faith" Medal or Patch are both available.

i live my faith medal"I Live My Faith" Medal or Patch Available


 

Marian Medal Program
The Marian Medal program helps Catholic Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA, American Heritage Girls, and Junior Catholic Daughters of Americas learn about the Blessed Virgin Mary and apply what they learn to their everyday life. It enables girls to "proclaim the greatness of the Lord." This program is designed for scouts ages 12-16, in Grades 7-10. "My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior ... " (Luke 1:46-47). "Marian" Medal or Patch are both available.

"My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit finds joy in God my Savior ... " (Luke 1:46-47)

marian medal"Marian" Medal or Patch Available


 

The Spirit Alive
This program is designed to help Catholic Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA, American Heritage Girls, and Junior Catholic Daughters of Americas grow in awareness of the Holy Spirit. It assists them in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the church's ministry. This program is designed for scouts ages 15 and older in grades 9 - 12. "The Spirit Alive" Medal or Patch are both available.

the spirit alive medal"The Spirit Alive" Medal or Patch Available


 

Pillars of Faith: Service to God
The Pillars of Faith emblem provides special recognition to those girls who have earned all four Catholic Religious Awards. Very few young women earn all four awards; this award is to highlight their great achievement.


Diocesan Recognition Program

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The purpose of this program is to foster knowledge of Saint Agnes of Rome and to explore service to her family, church, or community, as well as to encourage Girl Scouts to learn about their patron saint. Please note that this is not a national award but a local award being administered by the Diocese of Richmond. This program is designed for girls in Catholic scouting in grades 3-12.

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I Am Special
The program helps young girls develop a knowledge of how God, family and friends play a role in their life. Please note that this is not a national award but a local award being administered by the Diocese of Richmond. This program is designed for scouts ages 5-7 in Grades K and 1st grade.

Please note that this is not a national award but a local award being administered by the Diocese of Richmond. The idea and basic format for this program were conceived and developed by the New Orleans Area Council Catholic Committee on Scouting with additional input from the Arlington Diocese. This medal can be presented at a Mass or at a Diocese of Richmond religious emblem ceremony.

Special Girl Scout Youth Awards

Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Youth Award is presented to youth for outstanding service and contributing the development of Catholic values in the programs of Scouting.

National Catholic Adult Religious Awards

There are also three nominated religious awards available for adults who serve the youth:

The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal 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.

The Saint 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.

The Bronze Pelican Award is a diocesan recognition sponsored by the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Richmond. It may be presented to any adult who is working on the Scouting program under Catholic auspices, to Catholics in Scout units not chartered by the Church, and to those who have made a significant contribution to Scouting in the field of Catholic relationships. This award may be given to Catholic lay members, priests and pastoral coordinators, or those of another faith who have been supportive of Catholic Scouting. The purpose of this program is to recognize the recipient's outstanding contribution to the development of youth in the programs of the Boy and/or Girl Scouts.

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Resources

National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire

Councils

Girl Scout Commonwealth Council of Virginia, Inc.

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council, Inc.

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