The twelfth point of the Boy Scout Law states “A Scout is Reverent.” Generally, this denotes that a scout is faithful to God, carries out his religious duties, and is respectful and knowledgeable of the beliefs of others.
The founder of Boy Scouts, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, applied great emphasis on the importance of the scouting mission to focus on God.
Reverence to God is a foundational principle of the scouting organization.
Scouts are taught the “Golden Rule” early in their scouting years. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In the book, “Scouting for Boys,” written by founder Baden-Powell, it states, “In doing your duty towards man, be helpful and generous, and always be grateful for any kindness done to you, and be careful to show that you are grateful.
“Remember again that a present given to you is not yours until you have thanked the giver for it.”
Every February, coinciding with the Boy Scout of America’s (BSA) birthday, scouting organizations across the world celebrate “Scout Sunday.”
Boy Scouts attend a church service in uniform and participate in the various duties of the Mass.
This Mass recognizes and honors the contributions of Scouts to the community and its chartered organization (in most cases, a local church).
Many Scouts receive religious awards or medals at the church service as well.
Recently, members of Boy Scout Troop 132 and Cub Scout Pack 126 gathered for a special Scout Mass.
This year, the service was held at St. Eulalia’s Church in Elmhurst on February 19th.
In procession, the Scouts entered the church in full uniform.
Three of the Scouts participated as Altar Servers during the Mass.
Other Scouts read the Old and New Testament readings and brought forth the gifts during the Mass.
Monsignor Jordan shared a beautiful homily and story with the Scouts on the importance of service and scouting and “doing the right thing by not taking the easy way out.”
Monsignor also thanked the Boy Scouts for their service to God, their dedication to the community, and their commitment to scouting.
See Ya ‘Round the Korner! -Jimmy