Religious Emblem Counselor Training for Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII


June 20, 2015

At the John Paul II Center

1300 S. Steele Street

8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Donations accepted for St. George Trek Scholarship Fund

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For information contact: Diana @ or (303) 438-8380

Ad Altare Dei

The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (to the altar of God) program is to help Catholic Boy Scouts of the Roman Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven Sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth.

Pope Pius XII

The Pope Pius XII Faith Formation Program is designed for Boy Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts of Catholic Faith who are 15-16 years of age. The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God. It includes youth-led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of recollection. It gives the candidate an opportunity to share faith and practice his/her religion among peers, while receiving guidance and feedback.

Counselor Training

  • The Counselor needs to be approved in accordance with local (Arch)diocesan guidelines and follow all Church and/or BSA Youth Protection guidelines.

  • Counselor must have approval form signed by his/her priest.

  • All religious Emblem Counselors and Facilitators must have current BSA Youth Protection Training.

  • An Emblem Counselor must have local diocese youth protection training.

  • Purchase of AAD Counselor’s Guide (33072) and AAD Youth Manual (33094) or Pope Pius XII Facilitator Manual (34733A) and Pope Pius XII Participant Manual (3076A) prior to training would be advantageous.

  • Counsel the participants when required and, in general, facilitate (keep moving and on track) the general discussion.

  • Guide the Scout through the religious emblems program.

Parents’ Role

Support the Religious Emblems Counselor in his/her role and support your son/daughter as he/she shares lessons with the family.