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Religious Relationships

Greater Niagara Frontier Council Religious Relationships

Religious Relationships

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GNFC’s Religious Relationship Committees


The Religious Relationships Committee, being comprised of various faith organizations, promise to promote the spiritual development and growth of all Scouts and Scouters in the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.

A Scout is Reverent…….He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed Religious Emblems Programs.

The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these Programs and allows the Emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the Programs.


Catholic Committee on Scouting

nccs logoThe Buffalo Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting is a committee affiliated with the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry serving Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA within the 8 counties of Western New York.

The Committee is dedicated to promoting “Duty to God” at each level of Scouting. Learn more about Buffalo Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting website

Read past and present editions of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s newsletter:  The Bridge.

For a description of the various Catholic youth awards please view the following document:  Catholic Religious Recognition Programs.pdf

Another resource for Religious Emblems | Download

For more information on being a Religious Emblems Coordinator for your Pack, Troop or Crew please CLICK HERE» and scroll to the bottom.

For more information on the 2015 Catholic Committee Youth Retreat on November 21, 2015 please CLICK HERE»


Jewish Committee on Scouting

NJCOS-Logo-CircleR-300x291The mission of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) is to prepare young Jews to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of Judaism as expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

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Council Religious Emblems Coordinators

Gerald Hodgson
(716) 694-8364
gmhodgson@roadrunner.com

Jim Smyczynski
(716) 689-2804
jimsmyczynski@att.net

District Religious Emblems Coordinators

Onondaga District
Jim Smyczynski
689-2804
jimsmyczynski@att.net

Red Jacket District
Jim Heinrich
(716) 866-1942
jeheinrich@aol.com

Polaris District
Sandy Gworek
(716) 773-1338
gworekusa@aol.com

Katrina Overbeck
(716) 282-0347
greenbloodedgirlscout@roadrunner.com