Philmont 2019 St. George Trek Applications Open for Qualified Scouts!
The St. George Trek is The National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s high-adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.
The 2019 St. George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. Then it's off to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith, scripture and vocation in their lives as young Catholic men. Before returning home on Thursday, July 18, 2019, they will be asked to commit their own continued discernment as well as to bring their experiences home to their respective dioceses, so they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts.
Catholic Boy Scouts and Venturers are eligible to apply. Selection will be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential and an interest in the life of the Church.. The earning of Scouting's Religious Emblems, and involvement in church, school and scouting activities will be given consideration. Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be 15 years of age, in high school, no older than 18 years old, on or before July 1, 2019, and committed to assist their Catholic Committee when they return home. NO exceptions can be made. They must have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont, and must meet all Philmont physical requirements [http://www.nccs-bsa.org/pdf/Height%20Weight%20Requirements.pdf] . The St. George Trek is a one-time-only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible. The decision of the screening committee is final.
Application forms and information are available at the Catholic Committee on Scouting website [ http://www.cathcomm.net/stgeotrek.htm ]. Applications may also be received via email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be mailed (no scanned or emailed forms can be accepted) to selection committee postmarked by August 15, 2018
2018 Nomination Form for Diocesan Adult Awards
The 2014 Winter Camp at Lost Bayou BSA Camp provided the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for over 225 Catholic Scouts and Scouters. Eagle Scout, Fr. Ken Domingue, Pastor of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church & St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and St. Jules Mission, presided over the Mass. Fr. Ken also serves as Assoc. Chaplain for the Diocesan Catholic Committee.
At the 2009 Camporee held at Camp Thistlewaite, Fr. Avelino Vale, Assoc. Pastor at St. Michael's Parish in Crowley, offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for over 200 Catholic Scouts and Scouters.
Fr. Vale is assisted by two Altar Servers, Jonah (front left) and Benjamin Mire (back left).
Bishop Michael Jarrell offers a morning Mass for Scouts at the annual CCS Retreat held at Immaculate Heart School cafeteria in Lafayette.
The annual Catholic Scout Retreat was held
at at St. Edward Parish in New Iberia, La. in December at the wonderful historic environment
of St. Edward Catholic Church.
The Catholic Scout retreat, opens with a Scout Mass
celebrated by Bishop Michael Jarrell invites all Catholic Scouts and Scouters. Cub Scouts
receive a jump start on their respective, rank
specific religious emblems. Boy Scouts are given information on
the impressive Ad Altare Dei and Pope Paul XII awards. Adult
Scouters learned the dynamics of becoming a registered CCS Religious
Bishop Jarrell is known to end the liturgy with the recitation of
the Scout Law from memory of his Boy Scout experience.
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An earlier Summer Camp Chaplain, seminarian Alex Alber, prepares to distribute the Holy Eucharist at the Eagle Scout A.O. Sigur Chapel following a service and reflections on "Duty to God in Scouting" during one of two Scout Summer Camp Weeks.
First Ten Commandments Hike Success!
The first Diocesan Ten Commandments Hike was held on a Saturday, in May from 8:30am until 1:15pm. 17 Scouts and 7 adults walked over two miles in downtown Lafayette to hear presentations from various Church denominations including First United Methodist, St. John's Cathedral; First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Trinity CME, & Shalom Temple. Each Church community gave a 20-minute presentation on one or two of the Ten Commandments and a short explanation on their respective community’s expression of Faith to the hikers.
Scouts of various denominations of Faith were invited for this Ecumenical event that has shown success in other Dioceses across the nation. The hike focused on Judeo/Christian traditions in following the Ten Commandments. The hike was hosted by the Lafayette Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and was coordinated by JoAnn LeJune, who serves the Catholic Committee as Secretary. A commemorative patch was presented to each participant that depicts Moses holding the two tablets and is encircled with “Ten Commandments Hike / Diocese of Lafayette.”
Our Catholic Scouts & Scouters were
served with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Winter Camp '07 for their Duty to God
Father Joshua Guillory, Sacred Heart Parish in Ville Platte,
graciously accepted CCS's invitation to offer the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass to over 250 Scouts and Scouters at the 2007 Winter Camp at
Mt. Bayou. Our sincere gratitude for his service to our "Duty
The CCS Bishop's
Committee on Scouting is responsible for providing a program that will
give Catholic Scouts and Scouters an opportunity to grow in their
Catholic Faith through the Scouting Movement. This is accomplished through
executive leadership and trained BSA registered adult Scouters.
Annual scheduled events include:
Adult Ministry Formation (Scouter Development)
Religious Emblems Counselor Training
Camp & Camporee Prayer & Eucharistic Services
Adult Religious Award Bishop's Mass
Priest assignments for major Scout events
Annual Religious Emblems Retreat
Bi-Annual sponsorship for St. George Trek
Tri-Annual Bishop's Dinner
Catholic Scouts attend Mass at Mt. Bayou Summer Camp
Scouts of all Faiths attend Mass and Ecumenical
Services at Camporee in response to their Duty to God.
Diocese & Evangeline Area
Boy Scouts of America
Area Council &
Youth Protection Guidelines