Scouts from Boy Scouts, Trail Life, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls are expected to be on hand for the annual Scout Sunday Mass with Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz on Feb. 8. This year’s gathering will take place with an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Michael Church in Palmer, where young scouts will receive religious awards for completing objectives related to spiritual development and growth in their faith.
Religious emblems the scouts earn will be blessed with holy water before the youth are called up to receive the awards, which highlight the scouts’ commitment to grow in knowledge of their Catholic faith while fostering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and serving his church.
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting sanctions the religious emblem awards for the Boy Scouts and Trail Life. Girl Scouts and other all female scouting groups are awarded through the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Such groups include Camp Fire, Bluebirds and American Heritage Girls — an explicitly Christian scouting organization. Catholic scouts do not need to be part of a Catholic parish-based troop to earn Catholic awards. For more information about the Catholic Committee on Scouting, go online to archdioceseofanchorage.org/organizations.