Ad Altare Dei Emblem
The "Ad Altare Dei" (AAD)
is a program developed by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting
(NCCS) for Boy Scouts of the Catholic faith.
Its purpose is to foster the total
personal and spiritual growth of each young person by encouraging him
to actively live out his Catholic Christian faith. This gives the boy
the opportunity to develop his spiritual side according to the beliefs
of his own religion, to be "morally straight".
The AAD program
is designed to be used with adolescent boys 13 and 14 years old. Other
older Scouts may work with the program. Before beginning this program,
you must be Catholic and a registered member of the Boy Scouts of
America, active in your troop for 6 months, and have completed the
sixth grade. You must complete the program before your 18th birthday
to receive the recognition. Note: Requirements can be adjusted
to the specific needs of the handicapped.