CYFUSA Opens 2015 Grants

The Catholic Youth Foundation USA has opened its Annual Grant Program for 2015. The application materials and other helpful resources are available on the Grants Apply page of the CYFUSA website.

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014

2015 Saint George Trek: Apply Today

The St. George Trek is a high adventure leadership program (offered every other year) for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. Designed to develop organizational and relational skills for leadership, as well as nourishing the scout's spirituality, the program brings together Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking on the trail including three days of intensive leadership training at a back-country base camp.

The 2015 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. Then it's off to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith and scripture in their lives as young Catholic men and women. Before returning home on Thursday, July 23, 2015, they will be asked to commit themselves to bring what they have experienced home to their respective dioceses, so they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts.

Each Arch/diocese is encouraged to conduct a search and nominate one or two Boy Scouts or Venture Crew members for participation in the Trek.  Selection of participants will be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential, an interest the life of the Church and an openness to the discernment of vocation.  The earning of Scouting's Religious Emblems and involvement in church, school and scouting activities should be given consideration.  Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be fifteen years of age on or before July 1, 2015, in high school in the fall of 2015 and committed to assist their Catholic Committee when they return home. They must also have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont.

The Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Committee on Scouting is currently accepting nominations from scouts interested in attending the 2015 St. George Trek. So, if you know of any older scout who may be interested in the 2015 St. George Trek, please provide them with a copy of the Info Sheet and Application Form.  The application deadline is October 15, 2014.

The Diocese of Wilmington Office of Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry will cover the $750 Participant Fee for up to two (2) scouts to attend the trek from the Diocese of Wilmington.  Please realize that this covers only a portion of the total trip costs.  Candidates selected to attend the 2015 St. George Trek will be responsible for all other fees and related costs (e.g., transportation to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico; personal gear; normal personal expenses).