Scouting and Other Programs
There are many youth programs available for parishes. This page presents some which are present in the Diocese of Fargo (click on a link to jump to a description of the program):
Contact Kathy Loney to learn about the process of applying for Catholic Religious Awards for the various scouting groups.
American Heritage Girls
American Heritage's mission is “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.” It is a premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. All girls of any color, creed, race, national origin and socioeconomic status who agree to live according to the standards of the American Heritage Oath and the American Heritage Creed are invited to be a member. Religious emblems for Catholic youth can be earned. Your parish can sponsor a troop. This program is for grades K-12. For more information go to the American Heritage Girls website at americanheritagegirls.org
For information on American Heritage Girls Catholic religious youth awards to go http://www.catholicreligiousrecognitions.org/programs/
Boy Scouts of America
Mission Statement: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
| On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
|| A Scout is:
Vision Statement: The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law. For more information on this leadership organization visit the Boy Scouts of America website ( www.scouting.org).
Emblems: Religious emblems for Catholic youth in BSA Cub Scouts or crew. Your parish can sponsor a pack or troop, grade school through High School.
- Bronze Pelican: This diocesan emblem is awarded to Scouters and other adult supporters of Catholic Scouting, for exceptional service to Catholic Scouting. A minimum service period of three years is recommended by the diocesan committee.
- St. George Emblem: The St. George Emblem (PDF) is a national recognition developed by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, and presented by the local Catholic Committee on Scouting. The purpose of the St. George Emblem is to recognize an individual's outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Silver St. George: The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has approved the establishment and production of a Silver St. George Award (PDF) (a silver medal suspended from a blue ribbon) for presentation to worthy individuals based on specific guidelines.
Girl Scouts Dakota Horizon Chapter
Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 15,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. We are chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the worlds’ only leadership development organization for girls in the world. We believe that every girl has the potential for success and Girl Scouting helps girls learn positive values, build self confidence and learn real-world leadership skills.
Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons council area includes cities, towns and communities covering more than 164,000 square miles and includes girls on 13 Indian Reservations and 3 Air Force Bases. We have divided our council jurisdiction into four (4) geographic areas that house six (6) offices to serve our members and volunteers. Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD.
At Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons, we are developing tomorrow’s leaders through girl-driven programs. Girls create a lifetime of memories and participate in one-of-a-kind programs designed to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Religious emblems for Catholic youth. Your parish can sponsor a troop. Grade School through High School. For more information regarding Girl Scouts visit the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizon website (www.gsdakotahorizons.org).
We know the youth of today want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the experience everyone needs to discover who they are, find their spark and become a leader now.
Camp Fire provides a nurturing, constructive and fun environment for young people to discover their sparks—unique skills, passions, and interests—and adopt a growth mindset. They chart their own course to healthy habits, community leadership, and connection to nature in collaboration with trained, caring adults. And, in turn, Camp Fire youth give back by sharing those skills in their communities.
This is a program that is for youth grade school through high school. Currently North Dakota does not have a chapter. If you are interested in beginning a chapter, visit campfire.org.
Catholic Committee on Scouting (CCS)
The Catholic Committee on Scouting (www.nccs-bsa.org/) promotes the religious awards and faith facets of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire. Membership is open to scouts and non-scouts alike.
Other Parish Children’s Programs
Little Flowers Girls Club and Blue Knights Boys Club
Little Flowers Girls’ Club® is a Catholic program for girls ages 5 and up based on learning Catholic virtues through the lives of Catholic saints, Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Developed by a Catholic mom of nine, Rachel Watkins, and based on Father Lasance's Catholic Girls’ Guide, the Club strives to bring the Catholic faith alive and inspire the girls to become authentic Catholic women.
Blue Knights Boys’ Club™ is a boys’ club aimed at teaching the truths of the Catholic faith to boys through Scripture, saints’ biographies, games, crafts and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
For more information on both these girls’ and boys’ clubs, visit ECCE Homo Press.