Training for Scouts’ Religious Awards to Be Held Online
July 9, 2020
DIOCESE—Catholic Scouting is adapting its religious awards training this year. 
The Catholic Committee on Scouting in the Blackhawk Council is inviting all Catholic Scouts to work on their Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII  awards on line.
“Unfortunately we cannot meet in person, so we are going to meet virtually on Zoom,” says Cindy Chiodini, a committee member.
The Ad Altare Dei award is for Scouts entering seventh though ninth grades.
Scouts eligible for the Pope Pius XII award must be  entering 10th through 12th grades.
A parent meeting is scheduled 7-8:30 p.m. on July 22.
Classes will start Aug. 5  with a 7-8:30 p.m. session. 
Chiodini says the classes will be fun and interesting this year and asks parents to help by keeping their Scouts on task.
Retreat scheduled
“We plan on our annual religious retreat Sept. 18-20 at Camp Lowden (near Oregon). ... Save the date as we are discussing what else we can do with the youth,” she adds.
All Scouts need to complete Cyberchip and show proof  of completion before starting the classes. 
Scouts in grade school can work on their awards with their parents and visit with their priest to complete the award. 
“They can work as a den or individually but it will be much more fun as a group,” Chiodini says. 
She urges parents to call or email her with questions. Once parents and Scouts are registered, Chiodini will send them links to the Zoom meetings.
Info: Cindy Chiodini,  815-543-8404,
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