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Saint Anne


About The Emblem:

Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary, is a fitting and apt model for this, the highest award given by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to persons who have given selflessly to Catholic young women in the Girl Scouts and the American Heritage Girls. This award is given under the auspices of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry and careful evaluation by the Diocese of Charleston Catholic Committee on Scouting with the goal of being highly selective. This medal should be considered to be comparable to the St. George emblem for Boy Scouts. This medal is not an award to be earned, but rather an honor one is nominated for by others. As such, all nominations should be made confidentially to the selection committee of the Diocese of Charleston Catholic Committee on Scouting. The total number of St. Anne medals given in any calendar year will not exceed three.



The Saint Anne medal may be given to any adult, lay or religious, Scouter, American Heritage Girl leader or non-Scout, Catholic or non-Catholic who has shown a consistent commitment to the formation and development of girls in Catholic troops, or Catholic girls in other troops and units. It is expected that the candidate is active and dedicated on more than just the local level as demonstrated by noteworthy activity and example at the council, diocesan or national level.


The following are general guidelines for appropriate candidates for the St. Anne medal. Please remember these are suggested guidelines only. Candidates should be noteworthy in personal example, service to youth and to community, and ideally influencing others within Girl Scouting or American Heritage Girls in a manner consistent with Catholic values. General Scouting achievements alone do not qualify a person to receive this medal. Although accomplishment and sustained dedication are more significant than a specific number of years in Scouting, it is expected that most candidates will have a record of 3 or more years of commitment, and that the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton medal will have been awarded to a candidate before that candidate is nominated for the St. Anne emblem.


The Nominee:

  1. has given a minimum of seven years active service to youth as an adult member.

  2. promotes the religious recognition programs for Catholic members and/or serves as a counselor. Encourages non-Catholic members to participate in the religious recognitions of their faith.

  3. gives notable service in promoting Catholic activities and service projects for the church and shows willingness to serve on like committees.

  4. participates actively in the adult spiritual motivation program, retreats or days of recollection. Is instrumental in having others participate.

  5. gives outstanding service in promoting and participating in Scout Sunday observances.

  6. gives notable service in extending the national organizations to more members under Catholic auspices.

  7. assists parishes and Catholic organizations in recruiting adults for key leadership positions.

  8. is fully trained in the skills of the organization and is outstanding for his/her sense of responsibility, humility, and good example.

  9. is responsible for Catholic members being transported to Mass at camporees and summer camps and provides for spiritual needs of the non-Catholics within these groups.

  10. creates a better understanding of the aims and ideals of the organizations by the clergy and laity through the Catholic press and other communications media.

  11. is instrumental in organizing and promoting these programs for all members regardless of race or creed and gives leadership.

  12. encourages the true spirit of ecumenism as well as parochial responsibility and Catholic leadership within the girls' organizations served.

  13. fosters good relationship with council and is capable of interpreting Catholic programs to council members.

Award Ceremony:

The emblem will be presented to adults once a year at the Scout Convocation which is held on Scout Sunday at St. Joseph’s in Columbia.  Bishop Guglielmone will present each adult with their award for service to Catholic Church.

Nomination Form

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