Badge Day - Gilwell Park 15th June 2019
As advertised in our December newsletter, we are looking to hold a badge day at Gilwell on Saturday 15th June with events for all sections, culminating with Mass in the early evening and our annual “summer clean” of the Catholic Chapel. Groups who want to combine this with an overnight camp at Gilwell and take advantage of many activities on offer can book this directly with the Centre.
So that we can assess potential numbers, please let me know if you are interested in joining this by the end of January with indicative numbers so we can confirm the booking.
If you already have plans for June but would be interested in a similar day in 2020, please also let me know.
Matthew Hewitt, Manager, NCSF
The ICCS-EM and ICCG-E work together every year to offer an optional tool for Advent, giving our members a chance to share among each other and prepare themselves for the Christmas season.
Our document this year is simple and will take you day by day through prayers and reflections; it can be found by clicking here.
Charles John Priest - 28th December 1929 to 6th March 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Charles John Priest who died on Tuesday 6th March 2018.
Charles was a much valued long standing member of the NCSF.
A Requiem mass was held recently celebrating his life.
Our thought's and prayers are with his family - RIP.
NCSF Newsletter - January 2018
Newsletter from our newly appointed manager, Matthew Hewitt, giving an update on the status of the NCSF and information on upcoming events.
The newsletter is in the "Resources" - "Guidance and Information" section of the website but can be accessed directly by "clicking here".
Bronze Wolf Award
Congratulations to Fr. Jonathan How for being given the Bronze Wolf Award.
The Bronze Wolf Award is bestowed by the World Scout Committee (WSC) to acknowledge "outstanding service by an individual to the World Scout Movement". It is the highest honor that can be given a volunteer Scout leader in the world.
New Leader Appointed for Catholics in Scouting
The Scout Association (TSA) has appointed Matthew Hewitt to the role of National Manager of the NCSF.
Matthew is the Group Scout Leader (GSL) of the 11th Wallington Scout Group, in Sutton District.
He is excited to take on this new role and looks forward to meeting everyone in due course.
Patrick Warren receives the ICCS Good Service Award.
Patrick Warren has been given the ICCS Good Service Award - "For Dedication and Commitment to Catholic Scouting".
The NCSF would like to congratulate Patrick for getting the award and also thank him for all the hard work he does for Catholic Scouting.
Appointment of New National Catholic Scout Chaplain
We are delighted to announce the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has appointed Fr. Jonathan How as the new National Catholic Scout Chaplain in succession to the late Fr. John Seddon.
Fr. Jonathan wil be known to most of you. He is a priest in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and Director of Studies at the seminary at Wonersh.
He is also an active Scouter in Surrey and acts as an adviser to WOSM.
We look forward to working with him in the future.
What is a Kiro Badge and it's Origin's
Two questions that the NCSF is often asked are "What is the Kiro?" and "Where is the Kiro Badge Worn?".
You can read the answers in detail by "clicking here" or visitng the Resources - Guidance and Information section on this website.
A brief explanation is given below :-
The Kiro is a symbol and not a thing.
The KIRO is made up of two characters superimposed on each other.
These two characters are the Greek letters X and P.
The Greek letter X is written ‘ch’ and pronounced ‘ki’; P is written ‘rho’ and pronounced ‘row’.
The Kiro Badge of any stocked colour is normally worn as a Group Badge
on the point of the Neckerchief or on the shirt sleeve below County and District Badges.
Reporting on the 90th Anniversary of the International Scout Catholic Pilgrimage to Rome.
In 1925 over 10,000 scouts from Europe, Australia, New Foundland, Malta, the Middle East, the USA, England and Ireland travelled to Rome on a Catholic Scout Pilgrimage.
This report outlines the events when a smaller contingent returned to Rome some 90 years later in honour of the first pilgrimage.
Our base with modern facilities was a 13th century monastery, Villa Palazolla owned by the English college of Rome.
Situated on a hill some 18 miles from Rome overlooking Lake Albano, a dormant volcano and the Pope’s summer palace in Castel Gandolfo on the opposite shore.
The other outstanding highlight to write home about was a visit for afternoon tea with the British ambassador His Excellency Nigel Baker OBE to the Holy See,
whose top floor apartment overlooked Rome.
Out of this world! As was the tea and cakes served on Minton china.
Ann Ingleby the NCSF badge secretary continued her hobby of having photographs taken with celebrities,
With the ambassador being her latest achievement.
But, how does this compare to the photo taken with Bear in 2014?
You can read the whole report by "clicking here" or look for it in the Resources - Guidance and Information section.
Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.
Our liason bishop, Rt Rev Richard Moth, currently Bishop of the Forces, has been appointed as the new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.
We wish him all the best in his new role.
The 90th Anniversary Badge Order Form is now available for download...
2015 sees the 90th anniversary of the NCSF’s founding body, the Catholic Scout Advisory council.
To mark this occasion, a special anniversary badge has been produced for all Catholics in Scouting to wear on their uniform.
You can access this form directly from here.
You can now download an order form from the Resources, Guidance and Information section which you can print off and indicate the quantity of badges you require.
You must then send this to the address indicated on the form and remember to include your remittance in the form of a cheque.