Catholic Scouting

The Scouting Office — What Is It and Why
The Office of Youth Ministries, including the Catholic Scouting Office, was established by Bishop John McGann in September of 1983 as a result of a recommendation by the Diocesan Task Force on Youth Ministry in our diocese. Actually the Catholic Committees on Scouting date back to the establishment of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1957, and until 1983 were a part of the Catholic Youth Organization division of Catholic Charities. Included in the responsibilities and duties of the Diocesan Catholic Committees are the following:

  • promote and assist in spiritual development programs for Catholic Leaders
  • Scouting as a viable youth ministry in parishes
  • promote religious emblems and religious recognitions
  • provide spiritual enrichment for Scouts through retreats, days of recollection and pilgrimages
  • coordinate Diocesan Scouting events and activities
  • make national Catholic Scouting services and materials available in the diocese and act as a liaison
  • maintain up-dated documents and statistics and help stimulate the fulfillment of responsibilities of Catholic lay people in Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting programs.

Diocese of Rockville Centre Contacts

Diocesan Chairperson   Diocesan Scouting       Diocesan Chairperson
Scouts BSA   Chaplain       Girl Scouts
Deacon Thomas Lemme   Father Frank Zero       Joan Monastero

A Special Message from our Chaplain Father Frank Zero, Diocesan Scouting Chaplain, has asked that Catholic Scouts, leaders and parents be reminded that attendance at Sunday Mass is a vital part of their faith life. Plans should be made to attend Sunday Mass during or after any camping trip or scouting activity. Participation in a scouting activity does NOT excuse a Scout, parent or leader from this obligation.

Boy Scout Religious Emblems Light of Christ Tiger & Wolf Cub Scouts Parvuli Dei Bear & Webelos Cub Scouts Ad Altare Dei at least 6 months in Scouting or Venture Crew and finish 6th grade Pope Piux XII High School for older Boy Scouts and Crew Members Light of Life For Scouts of Eastern Rite in lieu of Ad Altare Dei

[Click Here For The Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island]

 Girl Scout Religious Emblems Family of God Grades 2-3   I Live My Faith Grades 4-6   Mary, the First Disciple Grades 7-12   The Spirit Alive Grades 9-12
Diocesan Awards Jesus Loves Me Grade 1   Ave maria Grades 2-3   Regina Coeli Grades 4-6   St. Agnes Grades 9-12

Books for these Awards are available for purchase at the Catholic Scouting Office.

Girl Scout Pray and Play Day at Our Lady of the Island Shrine on September 25, 2021 has been cancelled.

CCOS Boy Scout payments:

Boy Scout Payment for:

CCOS Girl Scout payments:

Girl Scout Payment for:

516-678-5800 Ext. 245
Rev. Frank Zero
Diocesan Scouting Chaplain
DRVC Catholic Committee on Scouting

Venturing Crew 333

Nassau Crew
Advisor: Tony Lennan
Suffolk Crew
Advisor: Eric Hansen