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Ros-a-Ree Living Rosary



The Living Rosary was beautiful, and I was moved to tears.  -J.S. (adult attendee)

Wow!  The priest who is an Eagle Scout and a drummer was too cool!  -M.H. (youth attendee)

It was sweet camping with the bishop.  -R.J. (youth attendee)

I give it two thumbs up and 11 stars out of a possible 10 stars.  -T.D. (youth attendee)


Crew 3:16 and the Diocese Committee on Scouting wants to invite you to their annual Ros-a-Ree Retreat / Camp Out. The 2017 date has been announced! It will be the weekend of August 10th-12th, 2018 (it will ALWAYS start the 2nd Friday in August).  It will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church located at 901 N. Center Street, in Plano, Illinois.


 The theme for 2018 is Catholicism, the Highest Adventure, and the focus will be on What Catholicism and Scouting Have in Common.


High Adventure

This retreafulfills the retreat requirement for many of the religious recognitions, and it is HIGHLY recommended that those working on a recognition attend. There is also a SPECIAL Ad Altare Dei orientation that will be held at the Ros-a-Ree; however, you MUST sign up for this orientation before the Ros-a-Ree to attend. Those forms are here: AAD Workshop 


We are planning NEW and DIFFERENT activities, so if you were at the event in the past, (or heard how much fun you missed), you will want to attend the 2018 event for sure! To see some of the excitement and worship we had, then look below all the sign-up forms(just under the ‘Links to the Informational Flyers and Registration Forms’), and you will find a group picture and below that are some videos of the last two Ros-a-Rees.


The event is open to all registered American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Youth, Girl Scouts, & Venturers who will be entering the 6th grade (or higher) in the Fall. Space is limited so register your troop/youth early, (the early bird discount will end on 7/15/18, but you can still sign up provided there are still openings until 7/30/18).


ALL properly filled out forms must be received BEFORE August 1, 2018 – No Exceptions. It should be noted that it is required that ALL attendees, (this includes adults who will be setting the example for our youth), will stay for the duration of the event and participate in ALL activities, (an exception is made for the activities marked as 'optional' on the schedule). 


If you were at the either of the last events, bring your totem back with you to get new beads added! Space will be limited so remember to get your forms in early!


To receive updates about the 2018 Ros-a-Ree retreat and our quarterly newsletter, send us an email to jolietcatholicscouts@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email so we can keep you updated.


The 2018 Registration Forms and Information Materials are Below:


Flyer – Informational Flyer About the Event – Download and Pass it Out to Your Unit.


Registration Contest – Informational Flyer About the Contest for Signing Up Early.  You Could WIN and Get Your Registration Fee Refunded!


Instruction Letter – Letter to Individual and Group Leaders With More Information About the Event, Capacity for the Event, What to Bring, and Answers Many of the Most Frequently Asked Questions.


Registration Forms: Individual / Group Payment Form


At least one copy of this form MUST accompany ALL Adult & Youth Registration form packets, (those forms/packets are found below). It has payment, t-shirt size, and the mailing address information for all forms on it. The Individual / Group Leaders Signature and Certification are Required. NOTE: Additional Individual / Group Payment forms should be used if more than ten youth or adults are attending, but only the first form should contain the total remitted.


Registration Forms: Adult Packet – Registration Forms Needed by Adults. NOTE: An Individual-Group Payment Form, (found above), MUST accompany the registration forms for either the entire group, (or for an Individual), and include payment. Please be sure to fill out ALL information on the forms as it is all required (yes, some information is repeated on other forms but they each go different places and therefore all information is necessary).


Registration Forms: Youth Packet – Registration Forms Needed by Youth. A person is still considered a “Youth” until September 1st AFTER their High School graduation. Some Parental Signatures are Required. NOTE: An Individual-Group Payment Form, (found above), MUST accompany the registration forms for either the entire group, (or for an Individual), and include payment. Please be sure to fill out ALL information on the forms as it is all required (yes, some information is repeated on other forms but they each go different places and therefore all information is necessary).


Dress Code – Unless otherwise specified on the agenda/schedule that you will receive at Check In, (i.e. during mass, adoration, etc...), these dress code details will apply for the duration of the event. Be sure to bring the dress uniform for your organization with you!


Group Photo of Attendees, Speakers, Honored Guests in 2014:

          Ros-a-Ree Hats   Ros-a-Ree Patch - 2014  Ros-a-Ree T-Shirts - 2014

       Thanks to Matt Zadorozny for making our totems for us FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!


Short Video's of the 2014 Event You Can Play or Download: 





OPENING CEREMONY - Watch the Opening Ceremony and Venture Crew 3:16 Singing a Song They Wrote, "Savin' Your Soul Man" (You Might Recognize the Tune).

"I loved singing along with the staff!"  -J.K. (youth attendee) 







"Seeing that a Deacon was a scout too made me happy in my choice to be a scout."  -B.D. (youth attendee) 






LEADERSHIP GAMES - Youth and Adults Compete in a Game of Popping Balloons.  Great Fun for Everyone


"I liked being able to run around and have some fun"  -S.T. (youth attendee)








THE CAMPFIRE - The Youth Staff Entertained Us and Had Fun Doing It.  The Audience Enjoyed it Too.  Anyone Want to be a 'Post' When They Grow Up?


"I laughed VERY hard!  The staff obviously prepared well for this"  -T.J. (adult attendee) 






LIVING ROSARY - Candles, Prayers to Our Lady, and Worship With the Youth.  VERY Moving Video.


"The Living Rosary was beautiful and I was moved to tears"  -J.S. (adult attendee)








ROCK AND ROLL FATHER  - Watch Father Andy Playing the Drums With the White Horse Band. Could it be That Priests Are Just Like Us?


"Wow!  The priest who is an Eagle scout and a drummer was too cool!"  -M.H. (youth attendee)  





LINE DANCING - Youth and Adults Alike Praising, Dancing, and Worshiping Before the Lord Just Like David Did.

"I loved dancing.  You have to do this again next year!"  -M.L. (youth attendee)  








BISHOP CONLON - The Bishop Camped With Us, Celebrated Mass for Us Sunday, and Then Spoke at Our Closing Ceremonies.

"It was sweet camping with the bishop"  -R.J. (youth attendee) 








THE AWARDS SHOW - The Finale to the Weekend.   Want to Know Which Troops Walked Away With the Prizes?   You'll Have to Ask Someone Who Was There and be There Yourself Next Year!


"Great wrap up to the weekend and very funny."  -D.P. (adult attendee)