Have questions about Catholic Scouting?

We’ve got answers! If you don’t see an answer to a question you have, contact us at info@catholicscouting.com.

Is Catholic Scouting affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America?

Yes. Catholic Scouting is the official Catholic Scouting organization that utilizes all the programs and activities of the Boy Scouts of America. No other Catholic youth organization is officially recognized by both the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church in the United States.

Is Catholic Scouting officially recognized by the Catholic Church?

Yes. No other Catholic youth organization is officially recognized by both the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church in the United States. What makes Catholic Scouting unique is its connection to the mission of the Church. Scouts in Catholic Scouting are not only being formed as good citizens but also as committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Are girls allowed in Catholic Scouting?

Yes. Girls are welcome to join Catholic Scouting. 

Are all Catholic Scouting units and activities co-ed?


Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA are not coed programs. In Cub Scouting, you can have a separate pack for girls, or you can have separate dens for girls and dens for boys in the same pack. In Scouts BSA, separate troops exist for boys and girls. These troops may be linked within a chartering organization, sharing a single committee but have separate leadership and programs.

Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Exploring (older youth programs) are coed, but the youth protection program governs program elements to ensure safety.

For more information, please see the Guide to Safe Scouting.

How do I start a Catholic Scouting Pack, Troop or other unit in my parish?

Talk with your pastor, faith formation director or youth minister about integrating Catholic Scouting into your parish’s youth faith formation activities and see this step-by-step guide to get started. Catholic Scouting exists thanks to engaged parents, guardians and other caring adults. Thank you for your interest!

How do I get involved as a Catholic Scouting leader at my parish?

Talk with a Pack, Troop or other unit leader at your parish. You can find contact information for your local leaders here—or call your parish or Catholic school office. Thank you for your interest!

How do the Catholic Scouting program and activities align with Catholic teaching?

The National Committee on Catholic Scouting works with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to ensure alignment of Catholic Scouting programs with Catholic teaching. You can find out more here.

What religious activities are available to participants in Catholic Scouting?

You can see a full list of all the religious activities that Scouts can take part in to earn special religious emblems here.

My child has completed the religious emblem workbook, how do I order the emblem?

Religious Emblems are ordered through a person designated by your local Diocesan Scouting Committee. Please check with your Diocesan Chair, Chaplain, or Office of Youth Ministry (or similarly named office) for the correct information. Contact information for all Diocesan Committees can be found on the diocesan contact page. Do not use the Religious Emblems order form found on this website as emblem ordering is limited to designated persons in each diocese.

I am the diocesan contact for emblem ordering, where do I order emblems?

Contact the NCCS office for more information.

Have questions about Scouting in general?

See this FAQ.


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