A member of an Eastern Catholic church
A registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, active
in your troop for at least six months, and completed sixth grade before
beginning the program
Designed for the 12-13 year old. Other Scouts, older or younger
may use the program.
This program is to be used as an alternate to the Ad Altare
Dei program. It is not appropriate to work on both programs.
Complete the program before your 18th birthday to receive
the recognition. For Scouts who are mentally or physically handicapped,
the program may be made more flexible.
The "Light is Life" is a program developed by the National
Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) for Boy Scouts of the Eastern Catholic
churches. Light is Life respects the cultural and ritual differences among
the various Eastern Catholic Churches.
The overall goal of the Light is Life religious emblem program
is to bring about in the Scout, through his Eastern Christian Scouting
experience, a deeper awareness of his share in faith-life. Then going forth,
he will witness this life through maturity in communal worship and in Christian
formation of his world.
The method of presentation of each step is the learning concept
basic to all Scouting learning experience. Each step has a 'guided discovery'
through reading and questions; its 'teacher-learner' situation through
discussion with the counselor; its 'application' through the projects;
and its 'evaluation' byt the Scout and his counselor and the Scout's discussion
with his Scoutmaster of his progress.
The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout
grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.
All else is secondary.
Do not tear the "Application" page out of themanual until
the Board of Review at the end of the program.
Ask your Scoutmaster, pastor, parish administrator, director
if religious education, or any member of the troop committee if there is
a Light is Life counselor in your parish or area. If there is a Light is
Life counselor available, ask him/her to help your with the Light is Life
program. Otherwise ask your local AAS counselor, priest, religious or catechist
to help you. (Resource material is contained in the Light is Life Counselor's
Guides ot in the God With Us series of the Eastern Christian Formation
Program.) Inform your Scoutmaster who will be assisting you in this program.
While doing this program, share your progress with your Scoutmaster at
your regular or special Scoutmaster's conference.
After you have selected your counselor, you must complete
the application to begin working on the Light is Life Emblem. You should
first get the signture of your parents stating that they approve of your
involvement in the program. You should then have the counselor sign that
(s)he is willing to work with you on the program. The Scoutmaster should
then sign certifying that you have met all the requirements to start the
program, and that (s)he is aware tis aware of your involvement in the program.
Lastly, you should get the approval of your astor for you to work on and
recieve the emblem.
Standards for this program have been prepared by the Committee
on Eastern Catholic Churches of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
All steps in the book must be completed before the Scout presents himself
to the Religious Emblems Review Board and emblem presentation
No changes are permitted. Additional requirements
may not be added. Scouts with special needs can easily complete the
program, since the counselor has enough flexibility to present the program
adapted to those needs.
NOTE: Counselors for the Light is Life emblem should be approved
in advance by their pastors and the eparchial Scout Chaplian or Catholic
Commiittee in Scouting. The Light is Life Counselor's Guide is
an intergal part of this orogram and contains the necessary resources for
anyone, including those unfamilier with Eastern Christianity. Scouter Development
and counselor training are also recommended and may be required for counselors
in your eparchy.
All journel entries, erports, and written work should be
legible and neat. The book is to be examined by the counselor as the Scout
proceeds through each step of the program. It is to serve as partial evidence
of the completion of the Scout's learning objectives. It will also be a
tool to help the Scout at the Board of Review or when submitting the application
to the eparchial Scout chaplain, if there is no Borad of Review availble.
It will also help explain the Scout's spiritual growth to others.
The use of a Catholic Bible is required for this program.
You will need to have one you can use.
There are three parts to each step. When all parts of a step
are completed, review study with the counselor. (S)He will sign and date
the certification of completion for the step Spitirual growth should
be evident when progressing from step to step.
When all steps have been completed, the counselor should
contact the eparchial Scout Chaplain or the Catholic Committee on Scouting
for further direction concerning a Board of Review and presentation instructions.
If the eparchial chaplain is not know, contact the eparchial chancery offince
to obtain the information or contacth the Committee in Eastern Catholic
Churches, NCCS, BSA, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln., P.O.Box 152079, Irving, TX
Eparchial and BSA Youth Protection policies must
Suggested Time Requirements
The program is designed to be completed in 12 months.
Step A - Introduction
1. Creation Reveals God's Presence
2. Signs and symbols
4. Liturgy is Life
Step B - Initiation
1. Baptism - Chrismation - Eucharist
2. Kingdom of God
3. The Divine Liturgy
Step C - Healing
Step D - Vocation
Step E - Toward A Christian Life Style