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.
program itself consists of eight sections. These parallel the seven
Sacraments. The Scout is encouraged to work with other Scouts on this
program, under the guidance of a certified Religious Emblems
Counselor. Check with your local Catholic Committee on Scouting to
learn who can serve in this capacity for you. Your local Boy Scout
service center can put you in touch with the Catholic Committee if
The AAD program consists of discussions, activities
and projects which help you learn your religion better. These are best
done with a group of other Scouts. The length of time for completion
of the program is about 6 months.
There is an AAD manual
available. Most Boy Scout service centers do stock it.
Upon completion, the Scout is
presented with the Ad Altare Dei emblem. This is a bronze cross
suspended under a bar and ribbon of the Papal colors. The BSA has
authorized the wearing of this emblem on the Scout uniform. The
appropriate Scout knot can be worn on the uniform to indicate the
emblem was earned.
For more information, contact one of the
- Your local Catholic
Committee on Scouting
- Your local Boy Scout
service center to find the CCS contact
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