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More than 50 Scouts awarded honors in religious emblems program

08 PAGE Scouts2Back row from left: Ad Altare Medal recipients Charlie Thrift, Sam Cremer, Lance Torno, Holman Torno, Spencer Garrido. In front are Matthew Honeck and Stuart Cremer. (Photos courtesy Lee Torno)

July 13, 2017

More than 50 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venture Scouts where young women and young men participate were awarded faith-related patches and emblems at ceremonies held May 20 at St. Stephen Church in San Francisco, with pastor Father Anthony La Torre presiding.

The honorees, ages 6 to 17, represented 11 parishes in the archdiocese and 19 different Scout organizations including the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, whose Tara Mochizuki was awarded the interfaith Bronze Pelican.

“Through the religious emblems programs, young Catholics are challenged to integrate the scouting values of duty to God, reverence and faithfulness into their everyday lives,” organizers said. “Father LaTorre gave great attention to each Scout and helped them feel their efforts were worthwhile and valued.”

“Our diocesan youth are extremely fortunate to have parents, scoutmasters, scout leaders, priests and laypeople who are supporting their enriched Christian education,” organizers said. “The emblems allow this effort to be celebrated and encouraged,” said Cynthia and Jim Dragon, members of the archdiocesan Catholic Scouting Committee.

The Ad Altare Medal was among the awards presented. It is for Boy Scouts ages 13-16 who complete “a three-month course of interactive study based on the seven sacraments, Scriptures and the Boy Scout oath and law,” organizers said.

The boys also had related field activities including a visit to St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park. Other Boy Scout emblem awards are the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei for Cub Scouts, and the Pope Pius XII for Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts ages 15 and older.


08 HALF Scouts3Marian Series, Our Lady of Lourdes emblem recipient Isabel Reburiano from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Daly City, with Father Tony LaTorre.


Girl Scout emblem awards include The Family of God and I Live My Faith for Brownies and junior Girl Scouts; Mary, The First Disciple for Girl Scout cadettes; and The Spirit is Alive for senior Girl Scouts.

“The Catholic Scouting awards are an opportunity to learn about female role models in our faith and a way to help girls explore the common beliefs of Girl Scouts and Catholics as they carry out their Girl Scout promise to serve God and our country and to help others at all times,” said Kelly Bugos, who leads the Mary, First Disciple program.

Other emblems are available to Scouts and adult religious education activities including a Marian Series, Rosary Series and an American Saints Series.

Parishes represented included Our Lady of Mercy, Daly City; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Redwood City; San Francisco’s St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Anne of the Sunset and St. Cecilia; St. Charles, San Carlos; St. Dunstan, Millbrae; San Mateo’s St. Gregory and St. Matthias; St. Pius, Redwood City; and St. Robert, San Bruno.

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