Adult Awards

Boy Scout Adult Leader Recognition

We have four levels recognition for adults, all of them nominated. They provide recognition for years of commitment to advancing the Catholic faith of our youth through Scouting. Applications or nominations need to be made each year prior to the annual ceremony, generally falling on the last Saturday of January.

Bronze Pelican

The Diocese of Orange Catholic Committee on Scouting awards the Bronze Pelican to men and women in recognition of their influence in the spiritual formation of the Catholic Youth in the Scouting movement. The Pelican has been used as a liturgical symbol since the early days of Christianity to denote the tender care of the young by a parent and by the Church.


The Diocese Bronze Pelican is a diocesan award; A candidate has to be nominated by someone as a recognition for their service to Catholic Scouting in the Diocese. Listed below are the three basic requirements:

  • Be currently registered in Scouting with five (5) years of service.
  • Have participated in the Scouter Development – Spiritual Formation during the past five (5) years.
  • Have been directly or indirectly responsible for a minimum of five (5) Catholic boys or girls earning the Religious Emblem appropriate to their Scouting age level.

Bronze Pelican Award – Application Form (93 kB)

Saint 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. The number of St. George Emblems is limited each year, based on the number of Catholic units. So the failure of a person to be recognized in any given year should not be considered a rejection, but rather an encouragement for the nomination to be re-presented in a future year, perhaps with more complete and additional information.

St. George Award – Nomination Form (631 kB)

Msgr. John F. Sammon Award

Back in 1989, Msgr. John F Sammon wanted to recognize the continuing effort of CCS committee members. To this effect, The Diocese of Orange Catholic Committee developed this award and it’s requirements under the guidance of Msgr. Sammon. Some requirements are waived only if clergy or a council member is nominated, otherwise the requirements are a must. Only the prior award recipients are on the selection committee. The selection is made at the same time the Bronze Pelican and St. George are made.

Victor Rodgers Young Adult Award

Victor Rodgers was CCS member for many years. He was an example of what a youth would follow- helping boys with their faith.

The Victor Rodgers Young Adult Award was then developed back in 1993 honoring Victor Rodgers. This is to recognize those adult scouters between the ages 18 to 24+ for their continued “Duty to God” effort in the unit. Girls may also be eligible for the award, if she is a recipient of the Pope Pius XII award.

Past recipients include: Jason Maresh, Christine Cote+, Christopher Pagel and Joe Venegas III.

All nominations are then submitted to the Orange County council Catholic Committee on Scouting c/o St. George Patrol Chairman.