Earlier today, five Scouts from Troop 883 were awarded the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem. The Scouts, who worked for nearly a year to complete the requirements for the award, were presented with their Ad Altare Dei medals by Fr. Neville O’Donohue at Mass this morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Community.
The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (to the altar of God) program is to help Catholic youth of the Roman Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth.
The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.
Congratulations go to:
- Dillon K.
- Chris S.
- Nate J.
- Nathan C.
- Nathan B.
Special thanks to Assistant Scoutmaster Matt Carteaux, our religious emblem coordinator, who worked with these Scouts throughout the program.
Compel: Force or oblige someone to do something.
Delegate: To give or commit (duties, powers, etc) to another as agent or representative.
Empowered: Give someone the authority or power to do something.
The authority of youth leadership is not based in compelling young people to do something.
The authority in youth leadership is not delegated (One abiding myth of Scouting is that the adults are the source of all authority and delegate responsibility to youth leadership.)
The authority of youth leadership is built into the fabric of Scouting, they are empowered to lead.
Youth leaders are not servants, employees, or soldiers but volunteer players in the purposeful game of Scouting.
Scouting is something that Scouts do for themselves and adults have the honor of observing, coaching and encouraging.
Adult oversight is cooperative; we are there to aid our youth leaders by doing only the things they, by reason of their age, cannot do
Adult authority is provisional; we are there to assure things are safe, and that our youth leaders are playing within the bounds of the game.
Adult leadership is responsive and reciprocal to youth leadership: we provide assistance to developing leaders in the same way we teach someone to ride a bike, by letting go when they are ready to pedal on their own.
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What’s it like to spend a summer as a Philmont Ranger?
Incredible seems too weak a word, and amazing doesn’t quite cut it either.
When words fail, try video. That’s the approach Tucker Prescott took with his magical, transcendent short film called “Philmont: A Ranger’s Summer.”
It manages to be both understated and powerful by sharing what one Ranger’s summer looked like.
Enough words; just watch:
Philmont – A Ranger’s Summer from Tucker Prescott on Vimeo.
From last night’s Committee Meeting – here are links to Troop 883′s various fundraising opportunities.
- Panera – Dough for Funds
- Coordinator: Cindy Knies
- Details: eScripts
- Yankee Candles
Cub Scout Pack 392 is searching for a few Den Chiefs to support their Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Dens.
The Dens meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and the Pack meetings are on the 1st Friday of each month.
If you are interested, you should:
- Be 1st Class or above
- Have a Scoutmaster Conference with me to talk about the role of the Den Chief
- I will introduce you to Pack 392′s Cubmaster, and he will introduce you to the appropriate Den Leaders
- Commit to regularly attend the Den and Pack meetings until the end of the Cub Scout year (summer 2015)
- Complete the Den Chief Fast Start training (available on www.scouting.org)
- Bring a copy of your training certificate to the Den Chief Training (below)
- Attend Den Chief training at SJCC on Saturday, October 25 at SJCC
Those of us in Scouting see poison ivy as a campout-ruining nuisance. Goats, as it turns out, see it as a delicious treat.
Gavin Burseth, a 16-year-old from Bartlett, Ill., is training the animals to help clear poison ivy from campgrounds at the Blackwell Forest Preserve, about 30 miles west of Chicago.
Why goats instead of machines or chemicals?
“Goats are cheaper. They’re more eco-friendly. Generally they eat all day,” Gavin told the Chicago Tribune. “And poison ivy doesn’t affect them like it does people.”
Gavin, still a few steps shy of the Eagle Scout Award, is closing in on another rare BSA honor: the William T. Hornaday Award, which many call “an Olympic medal bestowed by the earth.”
The goat project is the third project of three required for theHornaday bronze medal. His others involved storm drains and water testing.
Once he finishes the necessary paperwork for the Hornaday Award, he’ll join an elite club. The BSA says about 1,100 Hornaday medals have been awarded since 1917. That would mean fewer than a dozen are awarded each year.
Read more about Gavin in the Chicago Tribune story.