Robert S. Oldowski (oldowski@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 15:36:37 -0600
Hi Laureen -
Saw your e-mail on the SCOUTS-L distribution, asking for Scout Sunday
ideas. Let me respond from the point of view of the Catholic Committee
on Scouting (CCS). I serve on the National CCS and also maintain the web
site for them.
Our (CCS) purpose is to promote use of the Scouting programs as Youth
Ministry. As you may realize, BSA charters its program to churches,
schools, etc. to use as their own youth programs. We encourage Catholic
parishes and schools to use Scouting and to complement it with a Catholic
At the Cub Scout level, that includes recognition of "A Scout is
Reverend" and the boy's duty to God. We offer two religious emblems
programs at this level, "Light of Christ" for Tiger and Wolf Cub Scouts
and the "Parvuli Dei" for Bear and Webelos Scouts. The details and
requirements for these are available at your Scout service center and
also at my Internet site.
In addition, the pack is encouraged to participate in Scout Sunday,
which, by the way, the BSA has designated as the Sunday that falls before
February 8th (Scouting Anniversary Day).
The pack I served with as Cubmaster arranged ahead of time with the
proper scheduler at the (Catholic) church and cleared it that we could
assemble in the back, in uniform, and parade down to the reserved seats
in front along with the priest (celebrant) when Mass begins. We arranged
with the priest that he would direct at least part of the sermon that day
to the Scouts. By the way, the parish's Scout Troop joins us that day.
We arrange ahead that Scout leaders in uniform are included with the
Eucharist Ministers for that Mass and even as Lector. And at the end of
the Mass, the priest presents the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei
recognitions to those Scouts who have earned them this year.
We note a week ahead in the bulletin that this will be Scout Sunday, and
invite Scouts from other packs and troops to join us, since there are
several Catholic boys in the parish who belong to other packs and troops.
We purposefully refer to our units as the parish's pack and the parish's
troop (e.g. St. Mary's Cub Scout pack, etc.) and play down the pack
number since that doesn't mean much to most people.
Many a time we have arranged for a pancake breakfast to follow this Mass,
and we invite the public to join us (for a small price). You can do a
small program at the breakfast too, perhaps even a quick report on what
the pack and troop have been doing that's exciting.
One added touch... One year we had a young associate pastor who also
served as our parish Scout Chaplain. We bought him a Scout uniform and
someone sewed a couple key patches on for him (like the Chaplain patch
and the council patch). He wore his uniform to church and at the start
of Mass paraded down IN UNIFORM! Then up at the altar, he put on his
Mass robes, and as he did so, he noted to the congregation that "I have a
uniform for Scouting, and I have a uniform for saying Mass!" He then
described each part of his Mass "uniform" as he put it on, and got a
chuckle out of the people when he put on the rope belt that priests used
to wear and talked about tying the right kind of knot in it!
You see, there are many things you can do on Scout Sunday!
National Catholic Committee on Scouting
On Wed, 5 Nov 1997 AL DEBENEDETTO <alcjjj@CLASSIC.MSN.COM> writes:
I am trying to find out information on Scout Sunday. .... I would be
interested in any experiences, procedures, activities, ceremonies, etc...
that anyone has in this area. Our Pack's Chartered Organization is our
town's Catholic Church.
YiS, Laureen De.
Knox Trail Council, MA
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