TOTUS TUUS is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The goal of TOTUS TUUS is to help young people develop their relationship with Jesus Christ so that there is an intimate friendship whereby he may lead them to the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit. Totus Tuus is for 1st grade through 12th grade.
Questions? Email TotusTuusDenver@gmail.com
This summer camp in the mountains of Colorado integrates the truths of the Catholic faith with exciting outdoor adventures in a way unlike anything in the Church today. The middle school and high school youth are offered a unique experience to grow spiritually, emotionally, personally, and physically, allowing them to experience their Catholic faith like never before.
For more information go to: camp-w.com
JPII Outdoor Lab
JPII Outdoor Lab is an environmental education program in the heart of the Rocky Mountains; serving youth from Catholic schools, private schools, and youth groups. Our experiential activities connect youth to the natural world through their faith, science, leadership, and fun.
For more information go to: jp2outdoorlab.org
Archbishop Aquila’s statement on Scouting
In April 2017 Archbishop Aquila issued a statement on the Boy Scouts of America. He has called for all scouting groups sponsored by parishes, including Girl Scouts, to reinforce their commitment to forming boys and girls into virtuous Christian young adults.
For groups that are supported by pastors and who continue to be affiliated in the Archdiocese of Denver, he has put forth established requirements. See Archbishop Aquila’s column on “Scouting in the Balance”.
Catholic Committee on Scouting
The Committee is dedicated to promoting “Duty to God” at each level of Scouting. We are affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS), an advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA (NCCGSCF) which is associated with the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).
Below are organizations that provide acceptable alternatives to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts and capture the essence of scouting:
Columbian Squire – boys only
This group is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus. Their mission is to develop young men into leaders who understand their Catholic faith. Squire circles are sponsored by a Knights of Columbus council or assembly. Current group at: Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Trail Life USA – boys only
This group is for young men 18 and younger. Their mission is to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. It is a faith-based outdoor adventure program that places emphasis on character development, leadership, and moral purity, for boys who aspire to live in accordance with the values expressed in the program’s Oath and Creed. Current groups at: St. Joseph (Akron), St. Mary (Littleton).
Fraternus Brothers – boys only
This parish based mentoring program provides a place for genuine friendship and brotherhood. Fraternus Chapters are born from and always pointed back to the parish life, because it is in the Eucharist that true Christian brotherhood is most manifest. Fraternus helps to recruit and train men in a parish to become “True Mentors” – mentors rooted in prayer and challenged to go and earn from the boys the right to be heard through building genuine friendships. (Currently no chapters in the Archdiocese of Denver)
Federation of North-American Explorers – boys and girls
This same gender, year-round program experience helps shape youth into honest, loving, Christ centered, happy young men and women in a fun and constructive manner. Boys and girls learn how to assume responsibility, leadership positions, to work hard within a diverse team and as individuals and to finish what they start.
Local chapter contacts:
Denver area group at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Fort Collins area group
American Heritage Girls – girls only
This organization for young women emphasizes character development for girls ages 5 to 18 that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. Formed in the mid-1990’s by a mother who was concerned about the moral and anti-faith direction that Girl Scouts was going. Their mission is: building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. Current groups at: Blessed Sacrament, Nativity of Our Lord, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Loreto, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Mary (Littleton), St. Thomas More.
Little Flowers Girls’ Club – girls only
This mother/daughter club is for girls 5 and up and their mothers. Girls learn about saints and virtues from their mothers and leader. They learn that they were created to know, love and serve God. Current groups at: Our Lady of Fatima, Shrine of St. Anne, St. Mary (Littleton) and St. Thomas More.