Pope Pius XII

About The Emblem

- 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. 

The Pope Pius XII book can be purchased at your local Boy Scout Shop or by contacting the Catholic Committee on Scouting (email)

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.

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

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.