Lafayette Diocesan

Catholic Committee on Scouting


"A Way to Christian Leadership"


2017 Scholarship Now Available for 2 Qualifying Catholic Scouts!
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St. George Trekkers!

Previous Scholarship Recipients:

2011 St. George Treker, David Furka
David Furka

2009 St. George Trekers, Peter Sahuc (St. Pius X, Lafayette)
& John Reynolds (St. Leo IV, Rayne)

Peter Sahuc, Jr. John Reynolds, Jr.

George Trek

A High Adventure Program for Catholic Scouts

The Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Diocese of Lafayette sponsor a biannual high adventure program for Catholic Scouts, Explorers and Venture Scouts called the Saint George Trek.


The Saint George Trek takes place biannually at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico .  Located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Philmont Scout Ranch provides an high adventure along its hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails.  This, added to the religious, Catholic leadership dimension of the Saint George Trek, provides participants with an unforgettable spiritual experience.  The next trek is scheduled to take place.

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The Lafayette Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting provides up to two (2) Scholarships to the bi-annual Philmont St. George Trek. Each scholorship includes transportation to and from the St. George Trek will be covered by the Lafayette Diocesan CCS (hardship cases for transportation costs will be privately reviewed by the Lafayette CCS for consideration.)

General Information

The 2017 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 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 and Women. Before returning home on Thursday, July 20, 2017, they will be asked to commit their own continued discernment as well as bringing 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 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 fifteen years of age on or before July 1, 2017, in High School, no older than 18 years old, 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 [] . The Saint George Trek is a one-time-only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible. The decision of the screening committee is final. Applications must be mailed (no scanned or emailed forms can be accepted) to selection committee postmarked by August 8, 2016

As per:

NCCS Program Assistant
National Catholic Committee on Scouting
P. O. Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079


Thanks to the financial commitment of NCCS and generous benefactors the 2017 fee for the Saint George Trek is $850.00 per participant (paid in full by the Lafayette Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting).

The fee will cover:

  • All Philmont Scout Ranch fees
  • Retreat House lodging in Albuquerque
  • Philmont and Retreat House Meals
  • Roundtrip Chartered bus travel between Albuquerque and Philmont

Not Included in Fee

  • Transportation to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico (hardship requests can be directed to: Bob Clements, 204 Crawford St., Lafayette, LA 70506)
  • Personal gear
  • Normal personal expenses

NOTE: Philmont has a policy that all fees are non-refundable. NCCS will refund all fees paid if it is able to fill the vacancy with another participant.


The Arch/diocese is expected to underwrite Registration costs for participants. Financial assistance is available. Arch/diocese must submit the scholarship request form for financial aid consideration. Grants will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need and first come basis. The financial aid request form will be posted by the end of December 2013.


The Saint George Trek program is funded by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting®. Local participating scholarships are funded by the Lafayette Diocesan CCS

Questions may be addressed to:

Fr. Gerard Gentleman – Director
(516) 938-3846 ext. 307
Holy Family Church
17 Fordham Avenue
Hicksville, NY 11801



CCS Committee members gather for a photo opportunity in the foreground of  Philmont's "Tooth of Time" during their NCCA training meeting.  The Philmont view is awesome, and stands as one of God's great creations for the enjoyment of Scouts and Scouters from around the world!


Applications for our newest scholarships must be returned to selection committee postmarked

No later than August 15, 2016


Catholic Scout Trekkers an a previous excursion on Mt. Baldy , 12,441 ft. above sea level, the highest peak of the BSA High Adventure Philmont Ranch , New Mexico .



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A camera at Ute Meadow, BSA Philmont Ranch, catches a lively crew of eager trekkers on an earlier

St. George Trek.  Fully prepared for the upward adventure through one of God's great creations, they will return to the beautiful meadow below, though exhausted, strengthened by their experience.

  This program is sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and is designed to encourage the integration of morality and values, spirituality and faith, and the scriptures with the responsibilities of Christian leadership and vocations in the Catholic Church.

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