Each year the Milwaukee CCoS recognizes those Scouters who have made a significant difference in the lives of Catholic youth in Scouting. Two recognitions of these efforts, the Bronze Pelican and the St. George Award, are offered. Because Catholic Scouters are not always associated with units chartered by Catholic Churches, it is necessary to reach out in forums like this to help identify worthy recipients.

The Bronze Pelican is a local recognition for those who have provided spiritual service to youth both in and out of Scouting. For example, this person may help coordinate and review the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei youth programs in a Pack, or provide Chaplin services and guidance to the Youth Chaplin in a Troop during meetings or on campouts. They may help coordinate and provide guidance for service projects which reach out to local parishes, food banks, nursing homes, or other Catholic charities. In addition to their Scouting duties, perhaps they serve as REP or Sunday School teachers for the same families and youth they serve in Scouting. Perhaps this person provides guidance and counseling in a Catholic tradition when youth are seeking a friend. Any of these are great reasons to nominate outstanding Scouters for the Bronze Pelican. This is a Catholic Church based recognition, and not a BSA award program.

The St. George Emblem recognizes long standing service to the ideals of both the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America. The ideal candidate has provided outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth over the course of 10 years or more. Ideal candidates may be providing district, council or OA level service to a wide range of youth. The Archdiocese Committee recommends candidates to the National CCoS who provide the emblem on behalf of both the Church and the BSA. Recipients of this award are entitled to wear the adult religious knot on their uniforms.

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Please note that all completed nomination forms must be received by the Committee by January 31, 2014.