Catholic Scouting Committee Applauds Adding Girls, Other Catholics Not So Enthusiastic

Although the Boy Scouts of America has been offering co-ed options for Exploring and Venturing programs since 1971, the BSA's new decision to invite girls to join Cub Scout packs (ages 6-11) and to...

Duty to God is Essential to Scouting

The connection between a youth's duty to God has long been one of Scouting's tenets. The first Boy Scouts of America Handbook for Boys, published over a century ago, stated, “No boy can grow into the...
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Diverse Worldwide Religions Teach Scouts to Have Faith in God

Jamboree last July was full of surprises, but the one that caught me most off guard was participant interest in duty to God. The Jamboree had been open a couple of days when I...
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Scouting Chaplain Saves the Day at Jamboree 2017

Imagine going to one of the nation’s top youth events with one your friends and then getting lost in the crowd. You’re by yourself as thousands of others your age pass by you, and...

How Realizing God on a Daily Basis Can Help You Find Your Path

I had the amazing opportunity to help interview Eagle Scout, Richard K. of Charleston, South Carolina who was attending his first Jamboree at the age of 54. When the Coast Guard asked for volunteers...

Finding Common Ground Through Duty to God

"The Scout, in his promise, undertakes to do his duty to his king and country only in the second place; his first duty is to God. It is with this idea before us and...

Have You Ever Been to Church With 7,500 Scouts?

Today at Jamboree I attended Buddhist, Sikh, and Latter-day Saint services, but I missed the big one. The Catholic Mass filled the hillside at the AT&T Summit Stadium with nearly 7,500 Jamboree participants. I...

Islamic Readings Illustrating the Scout Law

Catholic leaders greeting Rizwan and Syed at Worship Center Friday, while at Jamboree, I had the opportunity to attend a Muslim worship service. Sadly we were a moment late to the Worship Center tent and...

The Time to Learn a New Program is Coming, the Time to Reflect is...

The time to learn a new program is coming soon.   The time to reflect is now. I do not criticize the new youth program  – I don’t even know what it is!   It will probably be...

What I Learned About God From My Father

Photo heymarchetti / Flickr To My Son and Son-in-Law: When I was about 10 years old, Grandpa Sillars left me alone on our acreage while he and grandma went into town. The last thing he said as...