News & Notes

CANCELLED
May Catholic Scout Camporee
Due to low registration numbers, the Committee has made the difficult decision to Cancel the May Camporee -- We hope you will Join us in October
 
11th Annual Scout Convocation February 7, 2021

St. Joseph, Columbia

Annual Religious Emblems Retreat January 8-9, 2021

CHANGED TO VIRTUAL FORMAT

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16th Annual Catholic Camporee October 23-25, 2020

Camp Barstow

IN-PERSON EVENT CANCELLED

watch for details on Virtual Activities, Mass, Rosary, etc.

Catholic Scouting Academy Webinar ~ August 29, 2020 ~ 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT) online
​​2019 St. George Trek at Philmont CANCELLED

25 July 2018 -- The following announcement was received from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.  "After careful consideration, and in collaboration with Philmont Ranch management, we have decided to cancel the 2019 St. George Trek and reschedule for July 2020." 

 

This is due to the fires that have hit Philmont Scout Ranch.  The scouts from the Diocese of Charleston that have applied for the 2019 St. George's Trek will be given first priority for the 2020 St. George's Trek.

 

Past News Items

Trail of Churches -- March 24-26, 2017

The Diocese of Charleston Catholic Committee on Scouting invites you to the third Catholic Trail of Churches Camporee to be held in Charleston the weekend of March 24-26, 2017.  This is a special weekend because it marks the 8th anniversary of the Bishop’s ordination.  The high light of the weekend will be the Trail of Churches hike on Saturday.  All scouts and Squires will leave from the Cathedral and will hike from there.

 

At each location, the scouts will learn of the history of the location, have a scavenger hunt to find answers to a set of questions at each location.  At various locations, they will learn about several of the commandments while also meeting several historical figures.  Bishop Guglielmone is opening up his home so that the scouts will have a chance to tour it.  The day will conclude with a special Mass just for the participants at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon.  This will give the scouts the chance to see some of the history of the Diocese as well as relics from its past.

Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship -- Application Deadline March 1, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship.  The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) established the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship to be awarded to six outstanding high school Catholic seniors who are Scouts in a BSA program and continuing their education in college.  The scholarship was established to honor Mr. Emmett J. Doerr, who was a dedicated Catholic Scouter and very active member of the NCCS.  Mr. Doerr received the Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver, and Saint George awards for his service to the Boy Scouts of America.  The Doerr family and the NCCS are continuing his legacy by offering $2,000 scholarships in his name to six distinguished Catholic Scouts.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

                Must be a practicing Catholic

                Be a full-time high school senior

                Be a registered young man or woman actively involved in a Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.

                Must have earned the Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII Religious Award

                Provided service to your church, community school and Scouts

 

For applications or more information:

                Download an application at http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/college-scholarship

                Email: nccs@scouting.org

                Call: NCCS Program Administrator, Elizabeth Olivas at 972-580-2114

 

Deadline: All applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2017.

7th Annual Scout Convocation -- February 5, 2017

Annual Religious Emblems Retreat -- January 6-7, 2017

The 2017 Religious Emblems Retreat was Cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather.

The Annual Religious Emblems Retreat is held at Camp Barstow near Columbia, SC.  This overnight retreat is madatory for all Scouts working on Ad Altari Dei and Pope Pius XII.  The retreat gives the scouts a better understanding of their Duty to God and allows them to reflect on the Emblem which they have been working towards.  Attendees should have all work for the emblems completed prior to the retreat. 

 

Boards of Review will be conducted for all attendees.

12th Annual Catholic Camporee -- September 23-25, 2016

 

The 2015 Catholic Camporee was "washed out" due to the historic flooding in the Midlands of South Carolina.  But, in 2016, the Camporee will be back and better than ever!  This year, we have added in some activities that we have not had for the past few years like shotguns for the older scouts and 2 liter bottle rockets for the younger scouts.  We hope that you will include these dates on your unit's calendar and will join us for the camporee with Bishop Gugielmone.

 

The Camporee is open to all Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Squires.  If you are not a part of a Catholic unit, you are invited to attend.  Mass will be celebrated on Saturday by Bishop Guglielmone. Cost is anticipated to be $13.00 - 15.00 per person. 

BET Paperwork Due May 20, 2016; New Information Packet Available

 

 

Please read through the information packet and contact Trek Leader, Tom Militello, with any questions.  Information Packet can be found here.

 

 

  • Selection of itinerary (30 or 50 mile trek), dietary restrictions and (participant) final payment ($50) are all due May 20.

  • A current BSA (High Adventure) Annual Health and Medical Record is required for all participants.  This requires a Physician's, Nurse Practioner's or Physician's Assistant's signature.   The forms can be found here.

  • All participants must be registered with BSA and Venture Crew 100.  Registration forms have been mailed to all registered participants.  Questions should be directed to Trek Leader Tom Militello.  NOTE: Youth who will be under 18 on June 18, 2016 must complete the Youth Application (found here) all others must complete the Adult Application (found here.)

Scout Convocation -- February 7, 2016

 

The Annual Diocesan Scout Convocation will be held on Scout Sunday, February 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Columbia.

 

Religious Emblems for older Scouts and adult awards are only given out once a year at the Scout Convocation.  Bishop Guglielmone will be the presider at the Convocation and will give out the emblems and awards to all scouts and scouters.

 

Boy Scouts, Venturers, GS Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors and AHG Pioneers and Patriots who have earned their religious emblems in the past year will receive their emblems from the Bishop.

Annual Religious Emblems Retreat -- January 8-9, 2016

 

The Annual Religious Emblems Retreat is held at Camp Barstow near Columbia, SC.  This overnight retreat is madatory for all Scouts working on Ad Altari Dei and Pope Pius XII.  The retreat gives the scouts a better understanding of their Duty to God and allows them to reflect on the Emblem which they have been working towards.  Attendees should have all work for the emblems completed prior to the retreat. 

 

Boards of Review will be conducted for all attendees.

Inaugural Bishop England Trek Application Extended!  Deadline is April 15, 2016
Trek Dates: June 12-18, 2016

 

The Bishop England trek is a high adventure Catholic leadership program for Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members.  Situated on the Foot Hills Trail in the Upstate of South Carolina, the Trek features five days of backpacking.  Catholic youth from the Dioceses of Charleston and Savannah, together with selected priests, religious and seminarians will come together in the context of a vocation retreat.

 

The Trek will run from June 12 - 18, 2016 and cover approximately 50 miles.  Eligible scouts/crew membes must be 14 by July 1, 2016 (NOTE: the original requirement that participants have completed either Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII has been waived for 2016.)  Brochure, details on eligibility and selection and application form can be found here.

May & June, 2015
Bishop signs Memorandum of Understanding with Girl Scouts.

Read Memorandum here.