Pope Pius Award 2015

As discussed at the August Parent Meeting:


Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem

2015-2016 sessions offered at Pax Christi Catholic Church

Facilitators:  Patty Hobbs; pprairie@hotmail.com (952-412-7383)


About The Emblem:

Pope Pius XII’s pontificate (1939-1958) was marked by a singular devotion to the cause of lay spirituality. The purpose of the Pope Pius XII program is to challenge the candidate to evaluate his or her own personal talents and abilities in light of the possible choices available to him or her in selecting a career, a lifestyle and a ministry that will assist them in making these choices and to reflect on how these areas are interrelated.


The Pope Pius XII program seeks to help the youth to answer the question of what it is that God is calling him or her to do with their life. The program explores life states in the secular community (married vs. single) and in the religious community (vowed vs. promised), possible career choices in both the secular community and the religious community and the opportunities available for serving the Church both as a lay or religious. This program is mainly discussion-based and designed for small groups.  During the program the participants will interview persons in various lifestyles and careers, conduct research on a topic and attend a panel discussion. The program contains seven to twelve sessions that will take 4 to 6 months to complete.

Required POPE PIUS XII sessions

Sunday:          13 September3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          27 September3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          11 October      3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          1 November    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          22 November3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          6 December     3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          10 January       3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          24 January       3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          7 February       3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sunday:          21 February     3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

 All sessions will be held at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12000 PioneerTrail, Eden Prairie. Sessions will be in Room 202.

NOTE: The  scout group will determine attendance and make up policies

NOTE: All Modules in the workbook must be completed as a group and in the order presented.


Board of Review Options

NOTE: Scouts will be invited to request a time and date for their board of review. Each scout will be scheduled for a specific 30 minute BOR session at or around the request time. Date to be determined.


A Scout must be registered in either a Boy Scout or Venturing unit.  Girls registered in the Venturing are eligible to receive the Pope Pius XII Emblem.  All Scouts must have completed the ninth grade, be of the Catholic faith, attend Mass regularly, and must have received some form of Catholic religious faith formation.  Receiving the Ad Altare Dei Emblem is not a requirement for the Pope Pius XII.

The applicant, their parents or guardian, their Scout Master or other Troop adult leader, their pastor and their Pope Pius XII Counselor must sign the application found in the Pope Pius XII workbook indicating the Scout meets these requirements before any work on the emblem begins.


Each Scout must use an official Pope Pius XII workbook.  Books will be available at the orientation meeting or at the Scout shop.

Program Completion:

  • Complete requirements for all units in Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem Scout Manual

  • Complete an ACCS Pope Pius XII Board of Review


  • Pope Pius XII Manual: $4.99 (Must be purchase prior to class starting)

  • Emblem, Certificate & Parent Pin: $20.00 (Due at the Board of Review)

 There is no cost for participation in the class or for use of the classroom facilities.  Pax Christi graciously provides these facilities for this program, along with Sunday mass at 5 pm.

At the parent meeting, we will ask class participants to sign up to lead a class session.

Presentation of Emblem:

The Pope Pius XII medal and is presented by a Bishop of the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis at a special Mass hosted by the Catholic Committee on Scouting in the spring.  The 2016 mass will be May 28, 2016.

Scouts receiving the Pope Pius XII emblem will receive a certificate and knot upon completion of the program and it may be presented by their parish or at a unit court of honor at the discretion of the unit leadership.

Pope Pius XII Facilitators:

Pope Pius XII Facilitators are not teachers.  They serve as moderators, resources, and provide guidance to the participants in completing the requirements for the Emblem. In order to ensure that each Scout receives the same learning opportunity and that the goals of the program are met, the Pope Pius XII program may only be presented by a facilitator trained by the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis.

To be eligible to serve as Pope Pius XII facilitator the applicant must be at least 21 years old, attend Mass regularly, must be a Catholic who has participated in the Sacrament of Confirmation, must have completed BSA Youth Protection Training within the last two years, be a registered member of the BSA (merit badge counselor registration is sufficient), and complete the ACCS Pope Pius XII Facilitator training.

Scout's Role:

As an older Scout, the candidate is expected to actively work as a group. The scout will be expected to lead one group session.

Parent's Role:

BSA activities require two-deep leadership. Parents will be invited to be present at one or more Pope Pius XII emblem sessions for the youth.  Details will be discussed at the first scout meeting.

Group’s Role:

 A Pope Pius XII emblem group is made up of no less than three and no more than 12 youth (boys and girls) that are registered with a Boy Scout of Venture Scout unit. Groups operate much like a patrol or venture crew. All group members are expected to actively participate in the emblem program to meet the emblem requirements.

Suggested Time Requirements:

It is suggested that the group meet for seven to twelve sessions, including the required sessions. Although there are no specific time requirements, it is suggested that groups plan for 6-8 months to leave sufficient time to complete all requirements and enjoy the program.


National Catholic Committee on Scouting (www.nccs-bsa.org)

Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis Catholic Committee on Scouting (accs.nsbsa.org)

Northern Star Council, BSA (www.nsbsa.org)