CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING EARNS
NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING
2008 QUALITY DIOCESE AWARD
The newly reorganized Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Lake Charles has earned the 2008 Quality Diocese Award from the National Committee on Scouting. The committee was recognized for its dedication and contribution to the �Duty to God� part of the Scouting Promise and the 12th point of the Scout Law � �A Scout is Reverent�. The Catholic Committee on Scouting is the official arm of the Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, for Catholic activities and religious programs available for boys, girls, and adults registered in Boy and Girl Scouting and Campfire for the five civil parishes of Southwest Louisiana - Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis.
Bishop Provost recently named Rev. Nathan Long, the Associate Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, as the Diocesan Scouting Chaplain. As Scouting Chaplain, Father Long, among other responsibilities, represents the bishop at all meetings of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and supervises the spiritual welfare of Catholics in Scouting in the Diocese of Lake Charles. At the meeting, Father Long was presented with a stole on which the emblem of Catholic Committee on Scouting was sewn.
Officers elected for a two-year term are Susan Fontenot, Chair; John Halloran, Vice Chair; Sue Ledet, Secretary and Communications; Marty Berry, Religious Emblems; Joe Castro, Religious Activities; Roy Richard, Finance; Suzunne Houk, Training; Kara Guillory, Girl Scouts Representative; and Shawn Chamblee, Boys Scouts of America Representative. Members at large are Summer Alee, Donn Dees, Tiffany Lessigne, Darin Lessigne, David Marcantel, and Maria O�Dowd.
The Committee on Scouting provides those Scouts interested in taking part in religious programs with workbooks for their age levels. Scouts completing the programs are awarded a certificate and medal for their achievement, following approval by their local parish priest or the Scouting Chaplain. There are four religious program levels for boys and four for girls offered by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
The Committee urges Scouts of all faith traditions to participate in programs available for each faith, according to Mrs. Fontenot. Workbooks and information on the various awards are available from the Calcasieu Area Council, Boy Scout Office, 304 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive (formerly South Ryan Street) in Lake Charles. Anyone interested in Scouting�s Catholic religious programs, obtaining Catholic religious emblem workbooks provided by local Knights of Columbus councils, joining the committee, or making a donation may contact Father Long at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 477-1236, or any of the Catholic Committee Members.
RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS AND PATCHES
Catholic Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts wishing information or workbooks for Religious Emblems Program:
Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, Light of Life, Pope Pius and more, please contact Catholic Committee on Scouting members Marty Berry 478-1326, Maria O�Dowd 477-3568, Susan Fontenot 855-2812, Joe Castro 708-4662, Donn Dees 275-0135, or Scouting Chaplain Fr. Nathan Long 477-1236. The summer would be a great time to work on some of these emblems. Information may also be obtained at http://www.nccs-bsa.org.
Rosary Patch Program and Footsteps on American Saints Patch Program info also available at http://www.nccs-bsa.org/.
For all faiths: P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) has a great web site: http://www.praypub.org that accepts photos and offers information on religious programs, activities, publications, trainings, etc. for youth and adults.
Duty to God, a 4-part puzzle patch with an anchor patch and one each for years 2009-2011, is available for all faiths.