Religious Recognition Programs and Awards
The Catholic religious recognition programs administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), allow young people to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith.
All programs are designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools. In particular, the Family of God is an excellent supplement for children preparing for the reception of their first Eucharist. The Spirit Alive provides substantial and creative activities to augment preparation for the sacrament of confirmation.
Please note: Medals and Patches are purchased through the Authorized Purchaser from your diocese. Download this List to find yours.
Contact your local Catholic Committee on Scouting to see how adults in your area may be nominated for an award.
The St. Anne Medal for adults working with Catholic members of national organizations serving girls is an award of the Department of Education, USCC. It was inaugurated at the Sixth National Conference on Catholic Youth Work in Philadelphia in November 1957 and it was redesigned in 1980. It is offered to those dioceses which choose to use it, subject to the approval of the local ordinary. It is the highest national award in this field. The purpose of the award is to honor the outstanding service of adults contributing to the spiritual development of Catholic members of organizations for girls, and to further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through those organizations.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award was created by the Department of Education, USCC (now USCCB), in 1980 to recognize the significant contributions of persons serving the spiritual needs of Catholic members in organizations serving girls. It is offered to those dioceses that choose to use it, subject to the approval of the local ordinary. It is intended to recognize notable contributions to this field of youth ministry, although the St. Anne Medal remains the highest national award.
Our Catholic Faith Patches
This series is designed for girls grades 1-12. Its goals are to:
- foster Catholic identity
- encourage youth to learn more about their faith
- encourage youth to serve their community
- encourage youth to grow in holiness
Note to Parents/Volunteers
Each patch is earned by youth completing four of the outlined activities.
- To participate, download the PDF activity sheet for the patch desired.
- Once the activities are completed and the patch earned, purchase the patch through NFCYM's Online Store.
- Girl Scouts may place this patch on the back of the sash or vest.
Women in Scripture
The Women in Scripture series focus on individuals who lived lives of courage and faithfulness. These women often fanned the flame of faith in their families and communities and were the backbone of the church and faith since the very beginning of Jesus' ministry. Learn more about these strong faith-filled women.
Models of Faith
Throughout the long tradition of the Catholic Church, women and men have been inspired by the Holy Spirit to stand up for the faith in the midst of great trials and at deep personal risk. Learn more about these great Models of Faith.
Our Lady of Fatima Patch
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, the NCCGSCF presents this patch to help youth learn more about this amazing event! You can download the patch activities here .
Jubilee Year of Mercy Patch
A special 2016 Year of Mercy patch is available while supplies last! Encourage youth in grades K-12 to explore some of the wonderful aspects of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church. Download the guidelines. (355 KB)
Visit the NFCYM Online Store to order your patches.
Catholic Church and GSUSA (100 Years) Patch
This patch helps girls celebrate the relationship between the Catholic Church and Girl Scouting by encouraging them to explore the rich traditions of the Catholic faith and inspiring them to become stronger members of their Catholic community.