Catholic Scouting celebrates Catholic Schools Week: United in Faith and Community

“Catholic Scouting creates community by helping connect young people with fellow students and by helping school families build relationships with fellow school families,” said Lisette Reina-Naranjo, principal of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School in Miami, FL. “It helps young people develop their social-emotional skills and it helps parents reconnect with other parents, as well as Catholic school and parish leaders. Catholic Scouting really offers that time-tested structure of relationship building and community that so many young people and families are seeking today.”

January 28 through February 3 is National Catholic Schools Week 2024 and this year’s theme is Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community. Catholic Scouting supports Catholic Schools across the country in fostering faith and building community year round.

“I think one of the reasons our Pack and Troop have flourished for over 25 years is because our Scouting families understand that the goals of Scouting complement the Gospel values they aim to instill in their children,” said Mr. Tim Tolzda, senior principal at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. “Catholic Scouting fosters an environment for Scouts where service to others is a part of each day. They learn the importance of this over time as they recite the Scout Law, participate in activities, and then explore similar messages in our Catholic faith.”

“It all comes back to leadership. Scouts are the first to step up in the classroom. Catholic Scouting helps young people in the classroom by helping them develop more confidence, plus they grow communication and cooperation skills through Scouting activities,” said Claire Hatch, principal at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Belleville, IL. “Definitely Catholic Scouting connects service projects with the Catholic Faith through Religious Activities and in other ways.”

Teachers at Blessed Sacrament use Catholic Scouting Religious Activities in some of their religion classes as supplemental materials. The Scouting unit chartered to Blessed Sacrament parish that is active at the school also uses Religious Activities, along with the more in-depth Religious Emblems programs.

Catholic Scouting is a program of National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) and is the only Scouting program sanctioned by both the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Boy Scouts of America. NCCS is proud to partner with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) to support strong and vibrant Catholic schools. The partnership between NCCS and NCEA supports both of their efforts to help young people to grow in the Catholic faith and as good citizens. Learn more about this partnership.

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