Boy Scout Ministry

Congratulations to Rev. John Barbella, the new Moderator of the Catholic Scouting Apostolate

Since the 1920s, the Church’s involvement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been a wonderful and practical way to help Catholic youth fulfill their duty to God and their country in an environment that provides wholesome fun under the guidance of strong adult role models.

Many young people of in the Diocese of Metuchen are now, or previously have been, involved with Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops, sponsored by parishes and schools. Each year, the diocese celebrate a Scout Mass in June to recognize all those involved in scouting. Through the BSA awards program, Catholic scouts are provided the opportunity to earn different religious emblems, which are provided by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) was formed by the Bishops of the United States in the 1950s to oversee the development of a spiritual presence in the activities of Boy Scout programs associated with the Catholic Church. The Diocese of Metuchen is a member of the NCCS and follows its national guidelines on Catholic scouting. The diocesan Catholic Scouting Apostolate also follows guidelines set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Youth Ministry when it comes to ministry programs for adolescents.   


Any scout interested in earning their award may obtain the booklet online at,, or their local council office. Cub Scouts need to seek approval from their pastor to begin and must work on their religious awards with an approved Counselor or Facilitator – click here for the Counselor Application. When the booklet is completed, the scout will need to review it with his pastor and get the necessary signature.

After the pastor signs the form, the scout should keep a copy and bring the original form and a check made payable to the Diocese of Metuchen in the amount of $12.00 per medal to:

Catholic Scouting - Maria McNulty
Diocese of Metuchen • PO Box 191• Metuchen, NJ 08840

Please call 732-562-2446 for hours of operation. You may pick up your medal at that time.


• Nomination Form for Adult Religious Emblems in BSA
• National Catholic Quality Unit Award ~ Pope Paul VI 

Do you qualify for the Centennial Unit? Check out the qualifications and if you do qualify, send the completed form to:

CCoS DoM (Catholic Committee on Scouting, Diocese of Metuchen)
P.O. Box 6476 • Monroe Township, NJ 08831