Boy & Girl Scout Program
A Scout is reverent…
He or she is reverent toward God, faithful in religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. The Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA incorporate religious emblem programs of many faith groups within their Scout programs. Religious groups themselves have created the religious emblem programs to encourage youth to grow stronger in their faith.
The Orthodox Scouting Commission of the Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of America (the successor to SCOBA) has created four programs for Orthodox youth and leaders.
St. George Award – Grades 1 – 3
Chi-Rho Award – Grades 4 – 5
Alpha Omega – Grades 6 – 12
Prophet Elias Award – Adult Recognition Award
Information can be found at: www.eocs.org and information on obtaining the requirements booklets can be obtained at www.praypub.org Scouts can arrange with Father Peter or Father Joel to work on any of the programs, which should be completed in under three months.
When Father Joel began his ministry at Saint Barbara, he introduced us to the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting. In 2012, several young Scouts began working on their Eastern Orthodox Religious Awards, with 13 girls and boys earning their St. George or the Chi-Rho Awards in early 2013. All of these Boy and Girl Scouts are members of troops in their own hometowns, but when they are older, they will have an opportunity to be part of a new scouting group at the Saint Barbara Parish. Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is currently in the process of being approved as a chartered organization for a Venturing Crew. Venturing is a co-ed youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America, for youth, boys and girls, who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or age 14 through 20 years of age.
Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. By providing a program of exciting and meaningful activities, Venturing helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.
The Saint Barbara Parish’s new Crew 913 is focused on exploring the outdoors. They will participate in leadership training, camping, archery, and climbing in the next few months. They will begin meeting regularly at the Lightle Community Center and hope to hold their first official meeting on Sunday, September 8. They already have three adult volunteer advisors who have many years of Scouting leadership experience. Any youths interested in joining (or adults interested in volunteering) should email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our own liaison Zoe Wagner, the chartered organization representative for the Crew or Clio Nicolakis, our EOCS Coordinator.
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