Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

The Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry supports Catholic Scouting for both the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, by working with the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and by providing resources, booklets and Catholic Emblems & Recognition for Catholic adults and youth.

Catholic Committee on Scouting

The Catholic Committee on Scouting (CCOS) for the Archdiocese of Newark offers support for Catholic Scouting Units chartered with our Archdiocesan Parishes and Schools, and those Catholic Scouts of non-Catholic Chartered Units as well through active promotion of both Scouting and Religious values.  The Committee supports the counties in the Archdiocese of Newark of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union which include the BSA Patriots Path and Northern New Jersey Councils.  

The CCOS seeks to provide support to parishes to help Catholic youth participate in Scouting as Youth Ministry.  The CCOS reaches out to individual Scouting Units through retreats, adult training and other programming.   Central to the mission of CCOS are the religious emblems and awards for Catholic Scouts to grow in their Catholic faith and the ideals of scouting. 

In addition to the Religious Emblems program the Catholic Committee on Scouting offers training of religious emblem counselors and leaders, provides spiritual enrichment for scouts through various activities such as retreats and prayer services, recognizes those who have completed requirements set forth by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and recognizes adults who have given of their time and talents in catholic scouting.

The CCOS is made up volunteers in Scouting from throughout the Archdiocese.  The members of the Catholic Committee on Scouting meet and work with Fr. Eugene Field, the Archdiocesan Boy Scout Chaplain and Rich Donovan of the Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry.


Rich Donovan

Archdiocesan Scouting Coordinator
Associate Director
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