Here's a summary of the Parvuli Dei program that I put together to share with interested parents at Pack meetings and at an orientation session. It's actually a Word file (which included a clip of the medal and the religous knot patch), but I can't figure out how to incorporate that into this posting. Here's the text, which you're welcome to copy into Word and edit as your needs dictate:
St. Perpetua Church
Parvuli Dei Award
The Parvuli Dei (“Children of God”) program is designed for registered Bear Cubs or Webelos of the Catholic faith. The program dates to 1953 and over the decades approximately 450,000 Cub Scouts have earned this emblem. The Parvuli Dei program is designed to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes. Boys are encouraged to develop a positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the community.
Each participating Cub Scout works with his parents on the activities in the Parvuli Dei Activity Book. Parents must be actively involved in working through the Activity Book with their sons. The Religious Emblems Coordinator, _______, is available as a resource, but parents play the key role for this program. We will have an orientation session in September, with follow-up meetings in the fall.
The Activity Book has various sections dealing with God and his creation, the boy’s relationship with God and Jesus, and the boy’s relationship with Jesus, the Church the community at large and other Cub Scouts. When the boy has completed the Activity Book, the parents should contact ___________, who will arrange for a review of the Activity Book and an interview. Following this, the parish will send the completed application form (located in the back of the Activity Book) to the Diocese Committee on Scouting for final approval. Note: In order to receive the Parvuli Dei emblem, all requirements must be completed by before the start of 6rd Grade (and ideally before the end of 5th Grade).
The Parvuli Dei Emblem and Religious Knot Patch
The parish will receive the Parvuli Dei medal or emblem from the Diocese on behalf of the boy. This emblem recognizes the effort of the Bear Cub or Webelos in advancing his faith. We anticipate that the emblem will be presented to the boy during the Scouting Sunday Mass in early February. In addition to the Parvuli Dei medal, the boy is entitled to the religious knot patch and the Parvuli Dei “device pin”, which is worn on the uniform. The religious knot patch should be presented at the Pack’s Blue and Gold Banquet.
Contact Information for _________
Woodbadge WE3-23-08 (Beaver Patrol)
ASM, Troop 277
Pleasant Hill, CA