Spiritual Scouting

Spiritual Services for Scouts occurs through Boys and Girls Scout Troops, Camp Fire Groups, and approved programs. CYO helps to enhance the spiritual development of young people and their adult leaders by coordinating the National Religious Emblem Program for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Adult Christian leaders of youth also receive training, spiritual activities and recognition. Over 950 youth have completed programs this year.


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Documents and forms

All medals earned by girls need to be earned through a trained, certified counselor. Contact scouting@cyodetroit.org to become a certified counselor or assistance in locating a certified counselor.

Family of God (grades 2-3) - Helps children as members of their family and parish explore a wide range of activities to discover the presence of God in their daily life.

I Live My Faith (grades 4-6) - Helps youth appreciate more deeply the place of God and religion in their daily lives.

Marian Medal (grades 7-10) - Involves participants in an understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality, a woman of the Church.

Spirit Alive (grades 9-12) - Helps youth discover how the Holy Spirit moves within their lives through a program of research, dialogue, and activities.



Documents and forms

Information on earning Family Medals - Please read the Light of Christ and the Parvuli Dei Record books which can be purchased from your local Scout Shop or online on the official Scout website.

Light of Christ (grades 1-2) - Helps children develop a personal relationship with Jesus with their parents’ participation.

Parvuli Dei (grades 3-5) - Explores a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish and develop a positive self-image.

Ad Altare Dei (grades 7 and up) - Helps the Scout grow spiritually as a young Catholic by reading Scripture and doing projects that are designed to help him understand the meaning of the Sacraments. When all requirements are completed, the counselor should contact the Spiritual Scouting office to arrange for a Board of Review. 

Pope Pius XII (ages 15 and up) - This program deals with different life choices, occupations and ministries in the Church. It includes youth led discussions on current issues facing the Church and society today. When all requirements are completed, the facilitator should contact the Spiritual Scouting office to arrange for a Board of Review.



Documents and forms

These awards are presented at the Annual Recognition Mass in recognition of long-standing service to the Catholic Scouting program.

Bronze Pelican - The Bronze Pelican was established by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® for the recognition of Scout leaders who have contributed three to five years of service to scout units chartered by Catholic organizations or to Catholic scouts in other units. 

St. George Emblem - The National Catholic Committee on Scouting®, acting through the local diocese or eparchy, 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 youths through Scouting.

St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Award - The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award was created in 1980 to recognize the significant contributions of persons serving the spiritual needs of Catholic members in organizations serving girls. This medal affirms the work of those who help youth develop their spiritual lives within the context of these organizations and is intended to recognize the notable contributions to this field of youth ministry. It is ordinarily received before the St. Anne Medal is earned, but is not a requirement for receiving the St. Anne Medal. 

St. Anne Medal - The St. Anne Medal was inaugurated in 1957. It is the highest national recognition for adults working with Catholic members of national organizations serving girls. The purpose of the award is to honor the outstanding service of adults contributing to the spiritual development of Catholic members of organizations for girls, and to further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through those organizations. 

Eagle Scout / Gold Award Recipient Letters of Congratulations - Archbishop Vigneron is pleased to provide a Letter of Congratulation to youth receiving the Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award recognition.  Including the information requested on the form found on the Training and Ordering tab will help in the preparation of the letter.

Pope Paul VI Unit Award - The Pope Paul VI Unit Award is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting Quality Unit Award.  It recognizes Catholic-chartered Cub Scout and Boy Scout units that have outstanding programs which include Religious Emblems and other activities related to their Catholic Faith.  Please see if your Pack or Troop qualifies.  The application form is available on the Training and Ordering tab.