Dave Zinder (dj91040@GOODNET.COM)
Fri, 13 Feb 1998 15:06:17 -0700
I've been asked about our Scout Sunday program.
For a miserable rainy day, it went quite well. We had about 200 boys
recognized for earning their religious awards in the past year and about
five adults for being awarded their respective awards. The ratio among the
boys was about 90% cubs IMO. Not many boy scouts finish their awards.
This year's service was at St. Helen's Catholic Church in Glendale. Not
only did they furnish excellent facilities, they had an outstanding band of
musicians for us. The violinist, (fiddler?), picked up my Jewish song so
quickly that I was amazed at the feeling he put into it. Many times we are
lucky just to have a pianist, and several times I have had to lead my song
with my off key, uncontrolled voice. This time we were very fortunate.
Our real problem is finding the boys who hsve earned their awards. P. R. A.
Y. in St. Louis is a clearing house for many of the awards, but not Catholic
or LDS. This year the list from P. R. A. Y. was a little late so that we
couldn't get our invitation letters out to everyone. Fortunately, many of
us in the various religious committees are aware of our own boys who have
earned their awards, so we act somewhat independently as well as from the
formal lists. I know that I have presented most of the Jewish boys' awards
myself and keep my own list. Also, our Catholic committee is quite strong
here, and they have a good handle on their boys' awards. The LDS folks
seldom participate even though they have many boys earning awards and make
up half of the boys in our council.
We have had mixed results with having a featured speaker to encourage the
boys. This year we had none, just a few remarks from our committee
chairman. And this year for the first time in several years, our CE wasn't
able to join us. He usually gives the best speech of the day. Our council
sponsor, Dave Ampha, represented the council as said a few words. He is a
new DE from the Mesa district.
So there you have it. A mixed bag, but impressive for the boys to be
recognized in front of their peers from the entire council. Next year? Who
knows? We're working on it.
Dave Zinder, secretary, Interfaith Religioous Recognition Committee, Grand
Canyon Council, greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona. I used to be a
bear..., but always an Eagle
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City