Pope Pius XII



Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program.

The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God.

It includes youth led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or Day of Recollection.

The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.
ELILIBILITY Registered Venture Crew Members and Boy Scout of Catholic Faith.  Designed for age 15-16 year old, but all registered Venturers (male or female before their 21st birthday) and all registered Boy Scouts (in high school, before their 18th birthday) are eligible.
Each Venture Crew Member and Scout must have their own Participant Manual. The program should be run by the candidates themselves, the adult serves as a Moderator Ideal group size is 4-12, but the course may be run with smaller groups. A number of interviews and an investigation of a controversial issue facing the church or society are integral to the program. A retreat experience, ideally centered on the Pius XII program itself and a ministries service project are required. The program is designed to be completed in 9-12 sessions. As the youth are older, two hour sessions seem to work well, and flexibility is often required in scheduling sessions and interview feed back’s. Successfully complete a Pope Pius XII Board of Review.Diocesan and BSA Youth Protection policies must be followed.A trained religious emblems coordinator/ counselor/moderator is required to work on religious emblems. Contact your Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to become trained and for ceremony schedules.
SCOUT’S ROLE Attend the sessions and as a Venture Crew Member/Scout, the candidate is expected to actively share in group discussions and complete all interviews and activities & meetings. Actively work on the activities. All journal entries, reports, and written work should be legible and neat. Be prepared to share experiences at the Board of Review. Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of his progress.
FACILITATOR’S  ROLE Counselors for the Pope Pius XII emblem should be approved in advance by their pastors and Scout Chaplain or Catholic Committee in Scouting. The Religious Emblem Facilitator Manual is an integral part of this program and contains the necessary resources for anyone. Facilitator Manuals may be obtained most economically and quickly from your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shops. Alternatively, they can be obtained directly from BSA Supply at “http://www.scoutstuff.org” or through most Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting All Religious Emblem Facilitators must have current BSA Youth Protection Training. A Emblems Counselor must have Local Diocese Youth Protection training.Form the groupAct as Facilitator, not group leadersHelp the candidate focus on essential elements and important issuesKeep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of the youth’s progress.