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Scout Sunday At St. Thomas More R.C. Church Hauppauge

Scout Sunday at St. Thomas More R.C. Church in Hauppauge  - 2/4/2019

On Scout Sunday at St. Thomas More RC Church in Hauppauge (held on February 4, 2019). Fr Antony Asir who blessed the Scouts during the Celebration of the Mass was photographed with all of the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts from local troops. (Boy Scout Troop 343 photo)A Scout is Reverent…Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and adult scouting volunteer leaders participated in the celebration of the Scout Sunday Mass held at St. Thomas More R.C. Church in Hauppauge on February 4, 2019.  St. Thomas More R.C. Church, which sponsors Boy Scout Troop 343, was one of nine Matinecock District (BSA)’s Host Churches for the Catholic Faith during the start of National Boy Scout Week. In addition to the 6 volunteer uniformed Scouting Leaders for both the Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scouts from Troop 343 and Troop 214 participated in and attended the Mass.  Also in attendance were Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 589 (Hauppauge) and Cub Scout Pack 3333 (Smithtown), and several Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts from local troops.  Father Antony Asir, who was the Celebrant for the Mass, blessed the Scouts and their leaders during the service. 

As the Boy Scouts of America celebrate their 109th year of serving youths, local Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Explorers attended and participated in the annual “A Scout is Reverent” recognitions during the Scout Sunday Services at various local Catholic and Protestant Churches and at the Jewish Scout Sabbath services at area temples and synagogues during the month of February. 




Matinecock District Boy Scouts Winter Camporee  

Matinecock District Boy Scouts Winter Camporee  draws record numbers!

Annual event features a camping weekend full of Competition, Fun and Scouting Skills 

Shot from the top of the climbing tower – Scouts spell out “BSA” Photo: Rosemary Miller Boy Scout Troop 12 (Huntington) hosted the annual Matinecock District’s 2019 Winter Camporee at Baiting Hollow Scout Reservation over a weekend in late January. The Winter Camporee (formerly known as the Klondike and Polar Bear) is a winter event for Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews in the district.  The competition covers scout skills and scout spirit. This year’s theme was “Throne of Games” a twist on the name of a popular TV Series. It was the perfect backdrop for a series of medieval events.

Scouting Spirit

Two-Man SawAs you strolled about the sprawling Baiting Hollow Scout Camp you were treated to and greeted by the Host Troop festooned in sweeping black capes trimmed with broad fur collars. Each competition was marked with signs that evoked scenes from days of yore and the HBO show.

With the threat of nasty weather the two day event was truncated into an eight hour Fun Festival. A record eighteen Troops were handed their personalized hand made pouches to store the coins they were about to earn throughout the day. Gold, silver and bronze metal coins were handed out to each session competitors with special red coins awarded to Troops showing true Scout spirit. The Stations were a series of traditional Camporee competitions sprinkled with a few all-new “games” created by Troop 12. In addition to the main event at each station there was a secondary activity to entertain as well as instruct.

The six stations were -

  •  “Knight’s Challenge”- The Classic Obstacle Course and a 2-man saw timed event 
  •  “Take a “Bow” – Archery Target shoot and learning how to” haft an arrow” By the way, everyone attending the “Throne of Games” went home with a stone arrowhead. (
  •  “Storm the Castle” – also known as “Cross the Moat on a Boat” A new event designed to promote Teamwork – Four Scouts (of different rank) were placed on 4x6 sheets of plywood boards as they transferred rollers (pipes) back to front, using poles to move forward (a timed event). Scouts waiting were treated to the ever popular “Walk the Plank/Plank the Walk” event again emphasizing teamwork. 
  •  “En Guarde/On Guard” – Jousting on bouncy-ball horses and passing a ring between swimming pool noodles relay race! A new event introduced by the Scouts of Troop 12.) At this station they also got to shoot a Trebuchet built by Troop 12 just for the Camporee. 
  •  “Cure your ill humor - First Aid”  The competition section was the Scouts had to “build a travois and transport a scout” race. Scouts waiting to race were instruct in basic CPR training by Troop 12’s resident MD’s. 
  •  “Dragon’s Breath - Fire building”  Another BSA classic competition where Scouts have start a fire from scratch (no matches) and get it going enough to burn the string that is 18” above the ground (a timed event). Side table featured a “Winter Survival” challenge
  • Next to mess hall was the “Lava Pit” -  a bunch of coals on metal trays for the troops to prepare their mid-day meal and enter the Lunch Competition.
  • The Great Sled Race around the main circle.

Because of weather concerns the “Great Race” took place during a slightly extended lunch break. Troops pushed their wheel-mounted “Klondike” sleds in hopes of receiving the best time. These “machines” are colorful, Troop-personality vehicles that are outfitted with skis (just in case there is snow) as well as wheels. Top winners were Troop 218 (South Huntington) “Daisies” overall winner as well as the under 14 category, the Over 14 age quickest was Troop 78 (Huntington) with a special tip of the race helmet to Troop 403 (Commack) 

After a dinner break everyone gathered in the Mess Hall for presentation of ribbons to the top six Troops at each station as well as Golden Wheels being bestowed on the Winners of the Great Race. First place winners at each of the events were: Knight’s Challenge (Obstacle Course)  Troop 125 (Commack), Storm the Castle - Troop 539 (Kings Park),  Archery - Troop 474 (East Northport), Dragon’s Breath (Fire Building) - Troop 3 (Hauppauge), Travois Race (First Aid) - Troop 78 (Huntington), and En  Guarde/Jousting - Troop 360 (Greenlawn/Centerport). 

That only left the overall winner to be called up to the front. Their score was based on the total coins earned during the day for placing at a station, scout spirit as well as “honesty” coins turned in. The honor went to Troop 343 (Hauppauge). They surrounded the “Throne of Games” (a large chair fashioned out of Hockey Sticks, LaCrosse Sticks, Tennis Rackets, Baseball Bats and Golf Clubs). Their SPL sat on the Throne as he received the Golden Crown. 

Troop 12, led by SPL Will Barraco, would like to thank John Sandgren, Kurt Josephson, Andy Calev, Tali Powell, Don Ghee, Kurt Rosenhagen, Rody Carrillo and Laura Leary. 

The most coveted award, the Scouting Spirit award, was not announced until the Matinecock District Commissioner’s Staff told everyone that Troop 406 of South Huntington had won the award.  



Cub Scouts Receive Catholic Cub Scout Emblems

Local Cub Scouts Presented with Catholic Cub Scout Emblems during the Annual Scout Sunday Observance at St. Anthony of Padua on Sunday February 3, 2019.

The Matinecock District scouts and their volunteer scouting leaders participated in the annual “A Scout is Reverent Week”, in recognition of the Boy Scouts of America and the 12th point of the Scout Law, during the first week in February.  The youths attended and took part in leading services at all of the houses of worship both in the host Churches and Temples as well as at their local places of worship (some of which are the Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Explorer Post’s sponsoring organization).

Group photo of the recipients of the Catholic Cub Scout and Boy Scout religious emblems and many of their volunteer adult leaders at the Saint Anthony of Padua Church Parish celebration of the Scout Sunday on February 3, 2019.Cub Scouts from local Cub Scout Packs with the assistance of their parents, leaders and Chaplain recently completed the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei Catholic Scout Religious Emblems programs. These courses consist of activities and Bible studies designed to help the Scout become more aware of God’s presence in his daily life, especially within the home and community. By completing the requirements the Scout has strengthened their spiritual growth and religious knowledge. Presentations of the Catholic Cub Scout Religious Emblems were made during the Celebration of the Mass at St. Anthony of Padua in East Northport on Scout Sunday services.  The Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. Scouting has brought families and communities together for more than 100 years to prepare America’s youth to live, work, and play with character and integrity. Scouting is as vital and relevant today as it was when our journey began. The Scout Sunday tradition was started to make people in houses of worship aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out their “Duty to God” pledged each week.”Boy Scouts who had also been recognized during the presentation of medals to the Pack 5 (East Northport) Cub Scouts during the Saint Anthony of Padua Church Parish celebration of the Scout Sunday on February 3, 2019. Left to right: Ad Altare Dei emblem recipients Brendan Murray (Troop 474, East Northport), James Abruzzo (Troop 343, Hauppauge), Pope Pius XII recipients Luke Maciejewski and David Mastroianni of Boy Scout Troop 125 (Commack).

During the presentation of the Cub Scout Religious Emblems Sean Schools of Troop 5 (East Northport), gave the explanation of the medals and read each of the Cub Scout’s names for the Light of Christ recipients and the names for the Parvuli Dei recipients.

From the lectern, the Boy Scouts individually called up the youths and their parents to receive their award from Rev. Monsignor Joseph Mirro and lined up to be recognized by the congregation. There were 11 Cub Scouts who were presented with the Light of Christ and 2 Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts who received their Parvuli Dei Catholic Cub Scout religious emblems.  Light of Christ recipients are Cub Scout Pack 5 (East Northport)’s Bobcat Jonah Smith, and  Tiger Cubs Luna Piera Butler and Jordan Oriero, Wolf Cubs R.J. Carballeira, Will Dell’Aquila, Manny Esteban Jr., Tyler Farrell, Logan Freedman, Blake Nielsen, Jacob Oreiro, Jr., and Rowan Sullivan. Parvuli Dei recipients were Pack 5’s Bear Cub Scout Laila  Chiara Butler and AOL-Webelos Scout Eve Dell’Aquila.

Also recognized at the Scout Sunday services were Boy Scouts of the St. Anthony of Padua Church Parish, who had earned their Catholic Boy Scout religious emblems. The Ad Altare Dei Emblem (“to the Altar of God”) and Pope Pius XII Emblem recipients had been presented with their emblems by Most Reverend Andrzej Zglejewski during the 61st Annual Boy Scout Convocation in September 2018 at St. Agnes Cathedral of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The Ad Altare Dei emblem is offered to help to equip the scout to take his place in the world with an understanding to his Christian commitment, to recognize his advancement in the spiritual content of scouting and to help him fully live the Boy Scout Promise and Law.  The program strongly emphasizes the sacraments, for it is through the sacraments that one encounters Christ.” Life Scouts James  Abruzzo of  Troop 343 (Hauppauge) and Brendan Murray of Troop 474 (East Northport) were recognized during the Scout Sunday service at St. Anthony of Padua.

The Pope Pius XII Emblem is a program for high school age scouts which was developed in recognition of the need for Catholic lay leaders in the church and community affairs.  This emblem reflects the ideal of youth’s growing concern with the world of God as well as the world of humanity. Recognized during the Scout Sunday service were Life Scouts Luke Maciejewski and David Mastroianni of Boy Scout  Troop 125 (Commack).



Kings Park History - Howard Orphanage And Industrial School 1911-1918 

Article is written for the Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum 99 Old Dock Road Kings Park, NY 11754.
From 1911-1918 the Howard Orphanage and Industrial School mortgaged farmland from the Jewish Industrial Aid Society, also known as Indian Head Stock Farm in Kings Park, NY located on Indian Head Road.  The school would teach African American orphaned children life skills, such as, reading, writing, sewing, cooking, woodcarving and more. 
From 1911-1912 Mary Eliza Mahoney, was the director. She was the first African American Professional Nurse, a Boston Suffragette, as well as, one of the first women in Boston to vote after the passing of the 19th Amendment. 
By 1912, the school was looked at as the Tuskegee of the North.  Through the years, there was fundraising to keep the orphanage going. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funding, during the winter of 1918 pipes at the school froze and many children suffered from the affects.
To learn more about historic Kings Park, call 631-269-3305 for an appointment to visit the Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum or goto www.KPHeritageMuseum.net.
Article is written for the Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum 99 Old Dock Road Kings Park, NY 11754.



Troop 888 Participates In Scout Interfaith Weekend Celebration

A Scout is Reverent… Boy Scout Troop 888 participated in the scout interfaith weekend celebration. Scout Shabbat was held at Temple Beth Chai of Hauppauge on February 15, 2019. Services were led by Rabbi Rhonda Nebel.  Scout Sunday was held at St. Andrews Lutheran Church on February 10, 2019. The mass was led by Pastor Jonathan Pryer. Troop 888 enjoyed learning about learning about others religions and all that we have in common with each other.