Members of Cub Scout Pack 115 and Venture Crew 115, of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken, took part in the Third Annual Catholic Scout Convocation last week.


This event, sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Columbia on Feb. 3.


The NCCS is a committee of Catholic clergy and lay people who aim to use of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America as a form of Catholic youth ministry.


Venture Crew scouts received their Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem from the Bishop of Charleston, Bishop Robert E. Gugliemone and the regional chair of the DOC Catholic Committee on Scouting, Jim Weiskercher.


The Pope Pius XII program is part of the Boy Scouts of America Religious Emblems Program and is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program.


The program deals with different life choices, occupations and ministries in the church, according to the NCCS. It includes youth-led discussions on current “controversial” issues facing the church and society.


Lisa Amidon, co-advisor to Crew 115, received The St. George Emblem. The NCCS may award the St. George Emblem to those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in scouting, according to NCCS.


Cub Master Pack 115, Steve Simmons, and Bear Den Leaders from Pack 115, Barb and John Theobald, received the Bronze Pelican Emblem. The Bronze Pelican is a Diocesan award recognizing the recipient’s contribution to the development of Catholic scouting.