Scouting is Youth Ministry!

Welcome to the Sacramento Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting

The Catholic Committee on Scouting (CCS) is a church committee of concerned Catholic lay people and clergy who see as their mission the constructive use of Boy and Girl Scouting, American Heritage Girls, and similar programs as a viable form of youth ministry within the Sacramento Diocese.

The purpose of the CCS is to give guidance, vitality and leadership in the spiritual aspect of these youth programs to all Catholic Scouts and leaders within the diocese, advocating for increasing numbers of youth in parish units and in units operated by Catholic organizations.  The agenda of the Catholic committee supplements the programs of the national organizations, with special activities in the spiritual phase of Scouting as it relates to Catholics.  Here are some of the CCS activities/programs:

Scouting in the Catholic Church

Ministering to young people is a vital aspect of the Catholic Church’s life and mission. In their pastoral framework on youth ministry, the U.S. Bishops state: “Ministry with adolescents (is) a concern for the entire church community, especially for leaders in parishes, schools, and dioceses.”

The Church endeavors to minister to young people in a variety of ways, among which are: Catholic education and religious formation, youth ministry, and boys’ and girls’ scouting programs. All of these are excellent opportunities for the Church to pass on the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children and youth through her life and rich tradition of faith, morals, leadership development, pastoral care, prayer and worship, and service. Over the years, the Catholic youth ministry community and scouting programs have enjoyed a shared mission and a collaborative relationship, one that continues to this day.

Interested in supporting this great ministry? Contact the CCS committee to learn how!