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Pack 811 Cub Scouts Earn Religious Emblems

On January 26th, Fr. Michael Hanifin, Chaplin for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, celebrated Mass with Catholic Scouts and families from Orange County, and medals were presented to Scouts who earned religious emblems.

To encourage Scouts to fulfill their Duty to God, two programs for Catholic Cub Scouts – Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei – help boys strengthen their relationship with Christ and the Church, and develop greater appreciation for God’s creation and the importance of serving others.

Pack 811 proudly congratulates our Cub Scouts for earning their well-deserved emblems, and for their parents and families who supported them!

Parvuli Dei (Children of God)

David A.
Jacob B.
Diego B.
Trent E.
Jacob G.
David L.
Ian M.
Jake Q.
Connor R.

Light of Christ

Issac C.
Adam C.
Kai D.
Billy J.
Dean K.
Jeffrey M.
Justin R.
Christopher S.

At the same ceremony, the Catholic Committe on Scouting for the Diocese of Orange also honored Pack 811 with the Pope Paul VI Quality Catholic Unit Award. This year, the award was given to only 2 Catholic Scouting units in Orange County that provide exceptional, all-around recruitment, training, educational, and religious programs for their youth and adults.

Photos from the ceremony can be seen in the Albums.

Pack 811 Celebrates Scout Sunday

St. Angela Merici Church will celebrate Scout Sunday on February 3rd.

All Cub Scout and Boy Scout families (of any unit) in the parish community are invited to join together at the 9:30 mass to show their commitment to a Scout’s “duty to God” and to honor the founding of the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.

Scouts are requested to assemble in front of the church in full Class A uniforms no later than 9:15 a.m. for a color guard and procession into church.

Pack 811 families are encouraged to attend Scout Sunday to show our commitment to youth ministry through Scouting at St. Angela Merici!

Cubmaster Receives Bronze Pelican Award

Pack 811 proudly announces that our Cubmaster Christian Lising has been awarded a Bronze Pelican for his dedicated service to youth and his commitment to the Catholic Scouting movement.  The pelican is an ancient symbol in the Church denoting care for young people, which Cubmaster Lising has exemplified as a dynamic den and pack leader and a model member of the Church and community.  The award was conferred by the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Orange at a ceremony on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Marywood Center.  Join us in congratulating Mr. Lising!

Catholic Events

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday!

Moving right along to the Christmas season, the Diocese of Orange Scouting Committee is offering a Cub Advent Day next Saturday.  It is run like a day-camp, with activities and crafts centered around the meaning of Advent and the birth of Christ.  Adult leaders and Boy Scouts will coordinate the event, and parents are welcome (but not required) to stay and participate.  Here are some details:

LOCATION: St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish, 16400 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2012

TIME: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (9:00 am start)

COST: $15.00 per Scout, includes crafts, snacks and a cool patch.

RSVP: By Thursday, November 29, 2012. Tickets are available online at:

For further information, contact Dani DeGrood at

Also, our new bishop, Kevin Vann, will be formally installed at a ceremony on Monday, December 10, at 2:00, at the Bren Events Center on the UCI campus.  Bishop Vann is a great supporter of Scouting and is welcoming Scouts to attend the ceremony in uniform.  Unfortunately, the day and time are not convenient for most students and parents.  However, if you and your Scout would like to attend, please let me know and I will let you know where to meet.

Finally, I would like to again congratulate the Cubs and Webelos who earned their religious emblems, and thank the parents for supporting our Catholic Scouting program at Pack 811.  We continue to build an incredibly strong “Fun With A Purpose” program for our boys.

Light of Christ

Issac C
Adam C
Kai D
Billy J
Dean K
Jeffrey M
Justin R
Christopher S

Parvuli Dei

David A
Jacob B
Diego B
Trent E
Jacob G
David L
Ian M
Jake Q
Connor R

Yours in Catholic Scouting,

Jim Root
Religious Emblems Coordinator

24 Cub Scouts Earn Religious Emblems

Every Scout pledges to fulfill his duty to God.  Two programs for Cub Scouts, Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei, aim to build a relationship with Christ and his Church, and to increase appreciation for God’s creation and the importance of service.

In a ceremony on January 28th, Bishop Tod Brown celebrated Mass with Catholic Scouts in Orange County and presented medals to those who completed religious emblem programs.

Pack 811 is especially proud of our Cub Scouts for earning their well-deserved emblems, and for their parents and familes who supported them:

Parvuli Dei (Children of God)

Tyler B.
Ethan De.
Ethan Du.
Braden H.
Justin N.
Arthur N.
Mikal Q.
Matthew R.
Eric S.
Alexander S.

Light of Christ

Nicholas B.
Matthew B.
Mitchell D.
Noah G.
Aidan H.
Collin H.
Jonathan L.
Ian R.
Connor R.
Ryan S.
Justin S.
Cosme T.
Ben W.
Joshua W.

Scout Sunday on February 5

Pack 811 will celebrate “Scout Sunday” at St. Angela Merici Parish on February 5th, in honor of the founding of Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8, 1910.

Our Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos will attend the 9:30 Eucharist to proudly display their commitment to Scouting and to youth ministry at St. Angela Merici.   Scouts and leaders will gather outside the church at 9:15 in full “Class A” uniforms, process with a color guard, and sit together in the front pews.

Any Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts who are part of the St. Angela Merici community (not just those from Pack or Troop 811) are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Pack Committee Chair Honored

Our own Jim Remley was among this year’s recipients of the Bronze Pelican Award by the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Orange. Jim was awarded the distinguished honor on December 11, 2011, at the Marywood Center, following a mass celebrated by Bishop Tod Brown.
The Bronze Pelican is a diocesan recognition given to adults who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of the award must be exemplary adults and members in good standing in their respective positions in Scouting and in their faith communities.
Congratulations Jim, and thanks for everything you do for our Pack!

Earn A Religious Emblem

Welcome to Pack 811 parents as we begin another year of Fun with a Purpose.

Part of that purpose is all-important promise to do ones Duty to God in every corner of life: family, friends, school, church, activities, and Scouting.  Here at Pack 811, we actively encourage our Scouts to understand and fulfill that pledge, and to complete the religious emblem programs appropriate to their level.

There are programs designed for Scouts of every faith, but as a Catholic-based Pack, we focus on the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei emblems. Tigers and Wolves work with their parents on the Light of Christ program, which stresses their relationship with Christ, the Church, and their families.  Bears and Webelos complete the Parvuli Dei or “Children of God” program, which reflects on God’s creation and providing service to others.

Both programs require completion of an activity book. The Light of Christ book is relatively straightforward. The Parvuli Dei program is a bit more involved, with a banner requirement, among others.

If you do not have an activity book and would like one, please send an email to

This year, requirements must be completed by October 8, so please do not delay.

This is a busy time of year, with school and activities in full swing, but the emblem programs are truly worth the effort. Many of the activities can prompt interesting and meaningful family discussions. The emblem programs also embody our Pack’s commitment to Catholic Scouting, and provide an opportunity to connect faith and scouting in a tangible way. In keeping with their significance, medals are awarded at a county-wide ceremony for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.  And everyone who earns an emblem may wear a purple knot on all future Scouting uniforms.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours In Scouting,

Jim Root, Religious Emblem Coordinator

Scouts and Pack Receive Religious Awards.

As part of their “Duty to God,” 15 Cub Scouts from Pack 811 earned Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei religious emblems.  Tigers and Wolves worked with their parents on the Light of Christ program, focusing on their relationship with Christ, the Church, and their families.  Bears completed the Parvuli Dei or “Children of God” program, reflecting on God’s creation and providing service to others.  Emblems were awarded at a ceremony for all Orange County Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Venturers.  Those receiving emblems may now wear a purple knot on all future Scouting uniforms.  The highlight of the ceremony was an inspirational speech by Evan Hunsberger, whose Eagle Scout project (considered one of the best ever), was the publication of a revised devotional book Strength for Service to God and Country for service men and women.  After 9-11, the Pentagon ordered a million copies for our troops.


At the same ceremony, the Catholic Committe on Scouting for the Diocese of Orange also honored Pack 811 with the Pope Paul VI Quality Catholic Unit Award.  This year, the award was given to four Catholic Scouting units in Orange County that provide exceptional, all-around recruitment, training, educational, and religious programs for their youth and adults. 


Jim Root
Religious Emblems Coordinator

Pack 811 is Gold Medallion Award Finalist

Pack 811 has been awarded a certificate as a finalist for the 2009 Gold Medallion Award The Gold Medallion Award Program recognizes the outstanding Catholic Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, and Venturing Crew in each of the fifteen Episcopal Regions of the United States.  It is also promotes the National Catholic Committee of Scouting initiative to increase Scouting units, youth members, and adult leaders. National Gold Medallion finalists excel at providing youth with quality programs including religious activities, religious emblems participation, outdoor activities, and special events that encompass the religious, vocational, and educational aspects of Catholic Scouting. 
Congratulations to the Cub Scouts, Parents, and Leaders for their hard work and dedication.