October 6, 2019: Scout Me In

by Dale Lewis, Troop Committee Chairman

Next Sunday, October 12, will be our first Scout Sunday. I hope you are planning to join our Scouts and their families at a special open house in the undercroft between our two services (9:30-10:45am). Our 11am Mass will also include the Scouts in various ways. Since most of you have not had any exposure to this significant, new All Souls ministry, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you.

Why would All Souls host one of the very first all-girl Scout BSA troops? In the past few years, the Boy Scouts decided to open the program to LGBTQ Scouts and leaders. They also rebranded themselves as Scouts BSA and opened up to girls. This new level of inclusion made hosting Troop 248 possible for us.

Scouting has taught values for 110 years that we can gladly endorse. It really hit home to me how much Scouting had influenced the course of my life when I said the Scout Oath (“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight”) for the first time in many, many years at our troop’s founding ceremony.

Part of why we are doing this is directly tied to impact in terms of “…loving nurture of both members and neighbors.” 23 Scouts went to summer camp and earned a total of 103 merit badges (I earned a whole 2 merit badges at my first summer camp. Let’s be blunt: this is about better Scouts, not easier merit badges!). We’re just a few years away from our first Eagle Scout. In a more established Scout troop, the Scouts learn by teaching and leading. Our Scoutmasters are already beginning to turn leadership over to the Scouts; the Scouts just elected their first Senior Patrol Leader. There’s a lot of learning and growing in Troop 248 which would not be happening without All Souls!

On Scout Sunday, we’ll ask you to consider supporting our Scout troop. We have committed that no girl will ever be turned away because they can’t afford to be a member. We are already subsidizing 5 scouts by way of $2000 grant from our endowment distribution this year. We are also equipping our troop; tents are $120 and stoves are $75. We also need merit badge counselors: I’m going to be recruiting!

At the founding ceremony, a Scout Executive gave me a pin that I now wear on my lanyard at work. It reads, “Scout me in.” I am really glad I took him up on that and I hope you’ll consider it.

Last Published: October 4, 2019 4:14 PM
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