Upcoming Retreats

Ad Altare Dei Retreat Registration

October 12th thru ~March 2021

The 2020 program will be virtual due to COVID-19, with participants meeting with Counselors via Zoom

The oldest religious award available to Scouts BSA and Venturing, the Ad Altare Dei focuses on the Seven Sacraments and is designed to help Catholic Scouts develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community.

Cohorts of participants will be assigned a Counselor, collaborating in an online version of the Ad Altare Dei manual. After registering at the link below, students will be given a session ID to use when purchasing the online manual. Be sure to indicate your preferred meeting night so you can be assigned to a cohort of scouts and a counselor available the same day and time.

There will be a minimum of nine meetings scheduled with the cohort (i.e. bi-monthly), and three required "retreat" days where all participants will log on to a call with a guest presenter. In addition to the cohort and retreat calls, scouts will need to complete a list of prerequisite requirements on their own (see below).

Cost of this year's Ad Altare Dei program is $15 paid with registration, which covers the counselor's cost plus a participant T-Shirt. The online manual is another $5 paid to NCCS for program administration, and on completion of all requirements and board of review the award can be purchased at THIS LINK for $18.

Registration Link - Registration is now closed

NCCS Shop for e-Online AAD - Must be registered with a counselor to purchase

Award purchase formhttps://www.scd.org/youth-and-young-adult-ministry/awards-order-form

AAD Pre-Requisites Ad Altare Dei 2020 Pre-requisites


Retreat Adult Counselor Registration

Are you interested in helping your Scouts earn their Ad Altare Dei? Here's what's required:

  • Understanding of, and ability to discuss the seven Sacraments
  • Be a member in good standing with your local parish (Pastor signature required)
  • Complete the Online Counselor Orientation HERE, and submit an application
  • Complete the BSA Youth Protection Training HERE and submit a cert
  • Complete the Sacramento Diocese Safe Haven and LiveScan requirements HERE
  • Have a Zoom account, or similar means of meeting virtually for 40 to 60 min


Mary, the First Disciple Retreat

Mary, the First Disciple is a religious recognition program for girls in 7th through 10th grades who are enrolled in the Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and other Catholic youth organizations. Through this program, participants learn more about Mary and how she is a role model for girls in the modern world.

Although a retreat has previously been held for girls interested in earning the Mary the First Disciple award, we don't currently have volunteer leadership to support this event for 2020. If you're interested in coordinating this retreat, please contact the committee at scouting@scd.org