Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Boy Scouts in archdiocese among a few to earn national designation

Published May 23, 2013

Tommy Treat, the leader of Scouting in the Atlanta Archdiocese, reported good news.

The Boy Scout program was notified it had received the National Catholic Committee on Scouting Quality Diocese award every year since its inception in 2002.

Out of 197 dioceses in the country involved with Scouting, Atlanta is one of only six to have received the award every year, according to Scouting leaders.

“Of course this award is indicative of the outstanding work of many dedicated scouters over these past several years. This honor is for all those who have worked with our committee and our Catholic Scouts over the years,” he said in an email. Treat is the chairman of the Atlanta Archdiocese’s Catholic Committee on Scouting.

There are 70 Boy Scout and Cub Scout units in the archdiocese with 3,776 youth members and 1,209 adult leaders, according to Treat.

The program received three patches to mark the Quality Diocese designation, with gold piping to indicate that it’s a special award. One patch will be given to Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, the other to scout chaplain Deacon Tom Gotschall, of St. Andrew Church, Roswell, and the third to the Scouting chairman.