To the Diocese of Peoria Catholic Committee on Scouting

Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14)

Welcome to the website for the Diocese of Peoria Catholic Committee on Scouting. Feel encouraged to direct comments about how this site can be of more help to you to the e-mail contact at the bottom of the page. May God bless you and give you His Peace.

The Diocese of Peoria Catholic Committee on Scouting exists to promote the formation of youth and adults consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church and in association with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting [NCCS] and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Mininstries [NFCYM]. Through these associations we hope to help teach and live the Faith and life of Jesus Christ using the programs of the Boys Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of America, the American Heritage Girls, and the Campfire programs for girls and boys.

We hope you find this site useful in locating resources and support in Scouting, in Campfire and in the Catholic Faith in Christ.


Nominations for Adult Recognition Awards

Thank you for the nominations submitted for adult recognition. It is important to acknowledge all those who give selflessly of themselves in ministry to youth in the American Heritage Girls, GSUSA and the BSA. Keep thinking about those around you who devote themselves tirelessly and consider nominating them for recognition for the 2016 Scout Mass. For adults who participate in the programs of the BSA there are the Bronze Pelican and the St. George medals. For adults who serve within the programs of the American Heritage Girls, GSUSA or Camp Fire there exist the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the St. Anne medals. For further information see the appropriate sections of this website. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Linda Atherton

Please click on the P.R.A.Y. logo for information about the religious emblems programs for all faiths and for further resources and information.


International Awareness Award

The International Catholic Conference of Scouting, a world-wide organization, offers a Pin and Patch Recognition for Cub Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts and a Medallion and Patch Activity Recognition for Senior Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters.

The International Catholic Conference of Scouting provides an opportunity for its members to meet together as friends in the Catholic Church. It links the Catholic Church and the Scouting Movement all over the world. It contributes to the complete education of young people through Scouting from the point of view of the Catholic faith. It develops and enhances the spiritual dimension of Scouting in the World Scout Movement.




Fall Rendezvous 2015

The Diocese of Peoria Committee on Catholic Scouting is pleased to announce that registration for the Fall Rendezvous to be held at Camp Wokanda, November 13-15, 2015 is now open. Please view the flyer and registration form and join us for the event!


Pope Pius XII emblem program

Any high school aged Boy Scout or Venture Scout interested in earning their Pope Pius XII emblem:

It's not to early to begin to think about earning your religious emblems. The Ad Altare Dei emblem and the Pope Pius XII emblem are completed by a group of Boy Scouts working together with a trained religious emblems counselor. These programs take several months to complete, so don't wait until fall rolls around to start planning.

For more information contact Fr. Harris at St. John the Baptist parish.


The National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire would like you to visit their new website. Our hope is that you will find resources, information, and tools to support your work with Catholic young people in Scouting programs.

Religious Emblems

Religious emblems are faith formation programs for youth in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scout of the USA, American Heritage Girls and Campfire Girls and Boys. Different programs exist that are tailored to the developmental and educational levels of the youth.

Please see our new 'how to' on Religious Emblems!


Looking for more information on American Heritage Girls?

American Heritage Girls

Please contacts Fr Harris or Linda Atherton with any questions.


Upcoming DCCS Events

Scout Mass 2016



October 2012

February 2012

September 2011

February 2011


BSA Medal Pricing

Light of Christ    $13.00

Parvuli Dei    $13.00

Ad Altare Dei    $15.00

Pope Pius XII   $15.00

Price includes the BSA religious emblem square knot.

Please see our new 'how to' on Religious Emblems!




Father Glenn Harris
St. John the Baptist
Catholic Church
1416 3rd Ave., PO Box 250
Rapids City, Ill. 61278-0250

Rectory Phone: 309-496-2414



Linda Atherton
1105 Galen Dr.

Champaign, IL 61821




Concerns about
the Boy Scouts

NCCS statement regarding the membership policy of the BSA


Concerns about
the Girl Scouts

GSUSA Statement

NFCYM Position Statement

Earlier news regarding the recent BSA membership standard for youth resolution
Please read the response from:
National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS)
Edward P. Martin National Chairman (2013-2016)
Please contact Fr Harris or Linda Atherton with any questions.



Any questions or comments?

Please contact us at: peoriadccs@gmail.com