It’s been great to see all you scouts in Class A gathered for our Zoom meetings and I encourage you to stay engaged and invite your parents to join in too if they are willing and able. We had our second on-line meeting this week led by your SPL Simon with help from all of the leaders as we use this new format to advance our scouting program. Alex Cancio joined to talk about school and Navy ROTC as part of our Scout Alum program. Lincoln led a section on knife sharpening and Ben led a survey to get some feedback on topics of interest for future meetings. Lucien gave a short presentation on climate change and Ben completed the meeting with another Kahoot game.
Mr Rzepczynski followed the meeting with the on-line Public Health Merit Badge and he will be joining me as co-councilor for the Family Life Merit Badge. For Family Life, this is a great opportunity to do this merit badge now since you are home. Please drop me an email and I’ll sign you up (virtual blue card) and get back to you with some dates and times.
This time of year is a good time to put into practice the 12 points of the Scout Law; Reverent - A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others. Baden-Powell believed that Scouting should be independent of any single faith or religion, but still a belief in spirituality and a belief in a higher power are key to the development of young people.
Maybe at mealtimes, you could start with grace or simple prayer/reflection. There are many forms and many prayers, especially during these times of pandemic. Go online and find one that is special to you and your family and offer that up before a meal. Let us also offer a special reflection for our healthcare workers who are on the front line. Especial thanks to Mr. Sprague who is helping patients battle this disease locally at Emerson Hospital.
Here is The Philmont Grace.
For food, for raiment,
For life, for opportunities,
For friendship and fellowship,
We thank Thee, O Lord. Amen.
Have you done a good turn? If you have done a good turn, please send it to Simon and me can describe or highlight one each week.
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