Diocese of Nashville

Catholic Committee on Scouting

Diocese of Nashville Catholic Committee on Scouting - Parvuli Dei

Parvuli Dei

About The Emblem:

The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (to the altar of God) program is to help Catholic 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.


A Registered Bear or Webelo of Catholic faith. Completed second grade.


The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) emblem is to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes, and also to develop a good, positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community.

Program Objectives:

- To help the Scout of his age develop an awareness of God's love for each one of His special, unique created beings.
- To help the Scout become aware and understand his identity as an important member of his family, his community, and as a member of the Family of God.
- To continue to develop an awareness as members of the parish and the Body of Christ.
- To aid the Scout in his awareness of the responsibilities that grow out of God's love for us.


Each Cub must have his own Activity Book. The book is designed for the Cub and his parent or guardian to work together. The Cub will be required to make a banner as part of the requirements. This book can be purchased at your local Boy Scout Shop or by contacting the Catholic Committee on Scouting (email).

Program Completion:

When the Cub completes all steps, he presents the book to his parish priest or the priest's representative. The Cub and parent or guardian meet with the priest to review the book. After the priest or representative signs the book, the parent/guardian will forward the application to the address below.

Click here for a printable application in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat.

Award Ceremony:

The emblem will be presented to your Cub Scout at a formal ceremony and Mass. The location may vary from year to year. Each scout will be given their emblem by the Bishop during the Award Mass. Following the Mass there will be get together to share food and drinks. Scouts will have an opportuntity to have their picture taken with the Bishop. Please see the calendar for the exact date and location.

Scout's Role:

Actively work on the activities with his parents or guardians. Keep the Religious Emblems Counselor informed of his progress.

Parent's Role:

Actively work on the activities with their son. He may need your help with Bible readings and getting information. Keep the Religious Emblems Counselor informed of the Cub's progress.

Suggested Time Requirements:

30 - 90 days. The goal of earning a religious emblem is to help the Cub develop a personal relationship with Jesus, so it is suggested that steps be spread over several weeks. This will help the Cub understand that this is a long-term commitment, not a one-time project.

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