Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Good Press
Richard C. Ickler
Sun, 27 Jun 1999 16:22:22 -0700
I'm surprised that Tom Petrik hasn't mentioned this but I thought this =
was a real good example of good press for Boy Scouts. This is a news =
release from the Presbyterian Church (USA) News Service from the recent =
General Assembly in Fort Worth.
Note 5443 by PCUSA NEWS on Fri, 25-Jun-99 09:32 EDT (4028 characters)=20
Subject: #5443 from PCUSA NEWS on Fri, 25-Jun-99 =
Title: Scouts Honor Diaz For Service to Youth and God
Scouts Honor Diaz For Service to Youth and God
FORT WORTH The Rev. Frank Diaz, former interim executive director of =
General Assembly Council, remembers when the only world he knew was a
nearby borough known as "Little Mexico."
For the first 15 years of his life he had never left the =
until he discovered scouting. His awareness of the outside world and of =
values needed to rise to the top of church life all started with a =
camping trip and scrambled eggs.
"The first meal we had in the morning, the scout master went out =
and started a fire, we cooked some eggs, scrambled eggs," he told scouts
and scout masters Tuesday during the National Association of =
Scouters (NAPS) "Duty to God" breakfast at the Petroleum Club. "But it =
more than that. It really builds the values that I hold today. Values =
my Sunday school teachers imparted to us (as well as) pastors that I had
over the years."
Presbyterian churches are the fifth largest user of the scouting
program among the religious chartered organizations of the Boy Scouts of
America. Like Diaz, who never forgot his scouting days, scouting never
forgot him, as NAPS presented him with the God and Service award for his
dedication to youth and God.
"This is indeed a great honor. I accept this award with great
humility," Diaz, 65, said. "...This was my life for all these many =
Indeed, he has a long service record in scouting, not to mention =
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
A scout since his mid-teens, he soon got the chance to mold young
minds as an adult leader at age 19, an unusually young age for such a
responsibility, according to Russell Fury, past president of NAPS. He =
married and shared his leadership role, a position he held for 22 =
with his wife Shirley.=20
Diaz pointed out that the road to success consists of more than =
scrambled eggs, which he noted remains his favorite breakfast to this =
The graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary at age 46, Diaz
became a leader of local congregations and a church officer. He served
pastorates in Texas prior to joining the national staff in 1989.
Diaz, who became a Presbyterian when his mother was converted in =
crop fields of Texas, served as interim executive director of the =
Assembly Council (GAC) from 1996- 1998. Before that he was the GAC
associate director for seven years. Diaz most recently ran =
for moderator of the 211th General Assembly, finishing second to retired
theological seminary professor Freda Gardner.=20
"I recently joined a club in our Presbyterian Church called the
'almost club,'" he joked of his quest to become moderator.
NAPS represents the link between Boy Scouting and PC(USA), which =
stills helps promote by appearing on a video tape about the =
NAPS was formed in 1986 to encourage congregations to become chartered
partners with scouting in ministering to youth families although =
the relationship between Presbyterian congregations, their youth
ministries, and the scouting programs date back more than 86 years. =
there are more than 140,000 members in nearly 4,000 =
Boy Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams and Explorer =
"He himself and his leadership is an indication of getting things =
and getting people to work with him," said Fury. "His remarks, I must =
are a message to all of us and are indicating that scouting is a tool =
can be used to strengthen young people and also often is geared to open =
churches to youth in the community."=20
Former General Assembly Moderator Patricia G. Brown, who served as
emcee of the breakfast, said she had a plea for the scouts to continue =
work with young men and young women to show them the possibilities that =
different from the ones they may know now."
SA Troop 14
Long Beach Area Council (CA)