The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Committee on Scouting (PhxDCCS) is a church committee functioning under the umbrella of the Diocese of Phoenix, serving Scouts within the diocese who are affiliated with the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, American Heritage Girls and the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council of the Girl Scouts USA. The Committee is dedicated to promoting “Duty to God” at each level of Scouting.  Scouting is youth ministry!

Our committee is affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) and is a member of Region 13 of the NCCS.  We are also affiliated with Region 13 of the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA. NCCS has an episcopal liaison that provides a direct link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Please join the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Committee on Scouting and help Scouts learn more about our Catholic Faith. Don’t hesitate to call! There is always a place for you to help! No forms are required–just a desire to work with Catholic Scouts and fellow leaders in developing and implementing our Catholic Scouting programs. New members are always welcome! Contact information is below. Please join our team!!


DIOCESAN SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING is required for ALL Volunteers and adults associated with Catholic Chartered Scout units, parishes, Catholic Schools, or our Diocesan Scouting Committee OR who may come in contact with children!

Be sure you have taken the FOUNDATION training AND complete your ANNUAL RENEWAL training on or after July 1 EVERY YEAR. (The renewal should be completed before your Scouting ministry begins each year,  preferably by July 31.)

Please visit the CMG website to learn more and take the training.

If you have questions–please contact your parish Safe Environment Coordinator.

NOTE–BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT) is no longer being accepted for Foundation Training.  Instead, please register on the CMG site and take the online video training that is offered.


“Honor Scout” designation and the Pillars of Faith pin are available for Scouts who earn all 4 Catholic Religious Emblems. This includes Scouts in Scout BSA, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, and American Heritage Girls programs.

Please encourage your Scouts to earn their religious emblems.


Anima Christi Prayer

(This prayer is said after receiving communion.)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me;
Body of Christ, save me;
Blood of Christ, inebriate me;
Water from the side of Christ, wash me;
Passion of Christ, strengthen me;
O good Jesus hear me;
Within your wounds hide me;
separated from you, let me never be;
From the evil one protect me;
At the hour of my death, call me;
And close to you bid me; That with your saints,
I may be praising you forever and ever.


St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host—by the Divine Power of God—cast into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Prayer for Peace

Mary, Queen of Peace,
save us all, who have so much trust in you,
from wars, hatred, and oppression.
Make us all learn to live in peace,
and educate ourselves for peace,
do what is demanded by justice
and respect the rights of every person,
so that peace may be firmly established.


Religious Emblems Counselor Training

Training is scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 9:30am to 1:30 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Room 104.  Contact Kathy Polowski (kpolo55@gmail.com) for more information and registration.


Applications are now being accepted for the St. George Trek.  This is a vocations retreat in the context of a high adventure trek in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The NCCS Chaplaincy Committee hosts this event and it starts with a retreat in Albuquerque for the participants. Crews are formed, friends made and the adventure begins at Philmont Scout Ranch. Advisors for each crew are a priest and seminarian.  For more information or if you would like to apply for this opportunity, please complete the Trek Application form and submit it to Kathy Polowski at kpolo55@gmail.com no later than September 10, 2023.


The Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Scouting will be on Friday, November 3, 2023 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.  More details to come!  This is when we honor our outstanding leaders and exemplary Scouts!  Don’t miss out!



The “Bishop’s Crew” is seeking new members.
Are you a youth aged 14-20?

Want to provide service to the Diocese in addition to having some awesome experiences in Venturing?

Visit this link for more information.


Pope Paul VI

Please be sure to look over the requirements to be sure your Catholic-chartered BSA unit is on track to earn this special recognition!

The awards will be presented at our annual Religious Emblems Ceremony in the Spring.

Information available on the NCCS website.



Are NOW forming for 2023!  If you have scouts interested in earning Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Mary the First Disciple, Spirit Alive, God and My Community or Femina Integritatis, please let us know!
Counselors, please complete the Intent to Begin form (found in under the EMBLEMS AND AWARDS tab) and send it in so we have an accurate count of scouts working on these emblems.

More information about these programs for our scouts can be found under the EMBLEMS AND AWARDS tabs–Emblems for Girls, Emblems for Boys.

COUNSELORS–PLEASE ADVERTISE within your Scout units and AT YOUR PARISHES TO GAIN MEMBERS IN YOUR GROUPS AND SUBMIT YOUR INTENT TO BEGIN FORMS. These forms must be submitted BEFORE you begin! If you are interested in joining a program as a Scout or want to become a counselor or facilitator for any of these programs, or just need more information, please contact Kathy at 480-244-6806, kpolo55@gmail.com.