Boy Scout/Venturing Emblems
Pope Pius XII

  • A registered youth member of the Boy Scouts of America of the Catholic faith. 
  • Has started ninth grade. 
  • Designed for age 15-16 year old. 
  • Recommended, but not required, to have completed the Ad Altare Dei program. 
  • Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting's church-related ministries and vocation program. 
  • To have the candidate examine how being a Christian affects daily life in a real world. 
  • To challenge the candidate to evaluate his or her own personal talents and abilities in light of a possible choice of lifestyle/vocation or ministry that relates in some way to belonging to and becoming increasingly more active in the Catholic Christian faith community. 
  • To give the candidate an opportunity to share faith and practice his/her religion among peers, while receiving guidance and feedback attuned to the ideals of Scouting. 
  • Group size should be 6-12. 
  • The program should be run by the candidates themselves 
  • Attend a retreat. 
  • Optional Service Projects. 
  • Interviews with religious leaders. 
Program Completion
  • Complete requirements for all units in Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem Scout Manual 
  • Pass a Pope Pius XII Board of Review. 
  • Pope Pius XII Board of Review is made up of former Pope Pius XII recipients with adult leaders acting in an advisory and supervisory capacity. 
  • The religious emblem will be presented to the Scout at the annual Youth Recognition Ceremony held in May or June of each year. 
  • The religious knot should be presented at a parish ceremony. 
Moderator's Role
  • Use the Moderator Guide 
  • Form the group. 
  • Act as facilitator, not group leaders. 
  • Help the candidate focus on essential elements and important issues. 
Scout's Role
  • As an older Scout, the candidate is expected to actively work as a group. The group elects a leader that not only leads in group sessions, but also makes the arrangements for interviews, tours, and schedules. 
Parent's Role
  • BSA requires two-deep leadership. As the moderator is used as a resource, instead of the primary group leader, parents should make themselves available to be the second adult. 
Suggested Time Requirements
  • It is suggested that the group meet for seven to twelve sessions. 
  • Although there is no suggested length, sessions should be planned for a 6-8 month period. 
  • Unit I - Being Christian 
  • Unit II - Church-Related Ministries and Vocations Today 
  • Unit III - Awareness of Responsibilities to Self and Society 
  • Unit IV - Citizenship: Home and Country 
  • Unit V - Being a Catholic Adult