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Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Committee on Scouting - Adult Awards

BSA Adult Recognition

Norminations must be submitted prior to March 15th of the year the award would be presented.

Click here to download the normination form (in pdf format) for both awards

Click here to download the normination form (in Word format) for both awards

Adult Recognition - Bronze Pelican

The Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Archdiocese of Boston has authorized the Bronze Pelican Award.

The pelican is an ancient Christian symbol which has several meanings. One aspect of the symbolism describes the relationship of Jesus Christ with his people by referring to how a mother pelican will give her life’s blood to her young to nurture and protect it.

The early Christians had a liturgical symbol of the pelican as a representation of Christ. The significance of the Bronze Pelican Emblem is Christ-like devotion to youth. It acknowledges that adults in scouting are called to nurture and raise our scouts in Catholic ideals. The Bronze Pelican Award recognizes adults who have made contributions to the spiritual development of youth in scouting. The requirements are somewhat less rigorous than for the St. George Award. Only in exceptional cases would the presentation of a Bronze Pelican Award not precede the presentation of a St. George Award to the same honoree.

Adult Recognition - St. George

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, having observed the use and value of an award presented to adults for outstanding service to the spiritual development of Catholic Youth in the Scouting program, approved the St. George Emblem in 1955.

St. George, who died a martyr in the year 303, was the patron saint of knighthood and of England. The principal order of knighthood in England was placed under the patronage of St. George. The feast day of St. George, April 23, was a national holiday and a holy day of obligation for English Catholics for many years.

Early stories of St. George’s knighthood describes his public witnessing of his faith, his arrest, brave suffering and martyrdom. A later legend, which added a description of St. George as a knight who rescued the king’s daughter in Libya, was probably responsible for much of the popularity given to St. George as a defender of virtue even at the risk of life itself. As a person who spent his own life in the service of others, St. George is an appropriate saint for scouts. The ideals of scouting describe many of the virtues demanded of those who would be knights. Scouts and scouters are called upon to make a public commitment to these ideals. The St. George Emblem identifies and gives the highest recognition to members of the clergy and laity, scouters and non-scouters alike who have made outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in scouting.

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