Local Cub Scouts Presented with Catholic Cub Scout Emblems during the Annual Scout Sunday Observance
By Carolyn Flynn
(photo Rose Mangogna)
The Matinecock District scouts and their volunteer scouting leaders participated in the annual “A Scout is Reverent Week”, in recognition of the anniversary of Boy Scouts of America and the 12th point of the Scout Law, during 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).
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. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Kings Park, at Scout Sunday services. Said St. Joseph’s Scouting Coordinator Carolyn Flynn, “Scouting For 107 years, 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 over 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”
At St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church (Kings Park) Boy Scouts The Boy Scout Troops that participated were: Troop 75 and Troop 539 (Kings Park), Cub Scout Pack #75 (Kings Park), Pack #379 (Kings Park) from the Matinecock District, and Benjamin Tallmadge District Cub Scout Pack #326 (Smithtown)
Candidates for the Pope Pious XII Catholic award, assisted with the Mass with readings, medal presentations, gift bearing, closing song and guidance for the Cubs and Webelos. These boys are Cole Tekverk, Richard Mangogna and Kole Suhvosky from Troop 75, Kings Park and Paul Rome, Stephen Vellecca, and Andrew McMaugh from Troop 539, Kings Park.
Cubs Scouts Kieran Haggerty, Blake Petermann, and Jack McDermott from Pack 326 Smithton Myles O’Connell from Pack 379 Kings Park earned their Light of Christ medal. The purpose the Light of Christ program is to help the Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With the parents’ active assistance and participation in this program, it is hoped that the Cub will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend.
The Parvuli Dei (Children of God) medal recipients were Nathan Barbou, Andrew Gelfand, Ryan Jorgensen, Christopher Kovacs, Patrick McCarroll and Michael Puleo from Pack 326, Smithtown as well as Michael O’Connell and Kyle Wozniak from Pack 379, Kings Park. The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) program is to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of Jesus in their
daily lives as members of their families and parishes, and also to develop a good, positive self-image through the contributions they can make.
The Reverend Sean Gann presented the medals and invited the boys to line up for recognition by the congregation.
Scouts and all participants in the Mass participated in a “Souper Bowl.” Bins were set up to collect cans of food to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.