Diocese of Nashville - Catholic Committee on Scouting

Pope Francis Names Very Reverend J. Mark Spalding as 12th Bishop of Nashville

The Nashville Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting (CCS) joins the Diocese of Nashville and the Scouting Community of Middle Tennessee in celebrating the news, announced early this morning by Pope Francis’ appointment of the Very Reverend J. Mark Spalding, JCL, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Louisville and pastor of Holy Trinity Church there, as the 12th Bishop of Nashville. 

 We offer him our enthusiastic support and our heartfelt prayers as he prepares to lead this flock. The Nashville Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting looks forward to welcoming Fr. Spalding to Nashville.

More information about Fr. Spalding is available at www.dioceseofnashville.com

Boy Scouts Will Admit Girls, Allow Them to Earn Eagle Scout Rank

Further articles and information on this topic.

NBC News article link

Bryan on Scouting – A Blog for the BSA’s Adult Leaders

Video of the Chief Scout Executive town hall meeting on decision to admit girls

BSA Website – Family Scouting
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Quality Diocesan Committee Award

The Quality Diocesan Committee award is to recognize those dioceses that promote and achieve a quality Catholic Scouting program. It is an opportunity for the NCCS to salute those dioceses who truly deliver exceptional programs to youth members at all levels of Boy Scouts of America programs. Quality programs for youth are what the NCCS continually seeks, and is committed to supporting this goal. It is our hope that each diocese will establish annual goals to accomplish key areas of quality program delivery. Then, when a diocese earns this award, it makes a statement that they have provided their youth members with the highest quality program experience possible.

Trail of Churches, March 4, 2017

Nashville, Tenn. - The Diocese of Nashville Catholic Committee on Scouting hosted the “Trail of Churches Saturday, March 4th to provide local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts an opportunity to tour historic Catholic churches in the Nashville area.

Christ the King group picture


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The "Trail of Churches" takes registered and paid participants on a carpool motor tour to 4 Nashville historical Catholic Churches beginning with the participant's house of worship to obtain Passport signature stamps to earn a "Trail of Churches" patch. The participants experienced a pilgrimage procession from one Catholic church to another Catholic church starting with Cathedral of the Incarnation. Next they traveled to St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows. After a brief lunch break there was a visit to the Church of the Assumption. The last stop was a visit it to Christ the King where everyone had cookies and lemonade after the visit.

Vision Statement

"We are a welcoming group that encourages our Scout Leaders to guide our scouting youth in their faith.

To be the guiding force of Catholic scouting as youth ministry; fostering personal and spiritual growth, providing opportunities for full participation in the faith community and empowering young people to become disciples of Jesus Christ."