Blessed Junipero Serra will be canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on Sept. 23 in Washington, DC. Why not mark the occasion by earning a patch inspired by this soon to be Saint?
Catholic organizations offer patch programs for both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls of all ages. A patch honoring Blessed Junipero Serra is available through the Footsteps of American Saints patch program from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. It is open to both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all levels.
Blessed Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary priest who ministered in present-day California in the 18th century, was a Spanish missionary who baptized thousands of Native Americans, may be a controversial figure, but it shows that even Saints are human in nature.
What I appreciate about these religious activity scout patches is that not only do you learn the biography of a saint, but you also learn about his or her values and do service to our community.
For the Junipero Serra patch, one such option is to pen and participate in a fundraising event like a 5k for mission work in your community. It’s in honor of the fact Fr. Serra traveled 900 miles before starting his first mission.
Interested in learning more about other Catholic saints? Read more about other Catholic patch programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, including Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.
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we didn’t have these kind of scouting programs when i was growing up, that’s for sure
nice that you mentioned Camp Fire Girls – i remember them when i was growing up 😀
These patch programs sound cool, and a great way to learn some church history!