Jubilee Scouting at SFDS

The Cub and Boy Scouts became affiliated with St. Francis de Sales in 1988. Initially, the boys held their meetings in the Den Leaders’ homes. The Girl Scouts formed one Brownie Troop in 1990. As the population of boys and girls grew, the need for more troops and meeting locations increased.  Father Tom Phillips allowed the troops to meet at St. Francis de Sales in the 1990’s.

Since the Scouts’ inception in 1988, adults from our community stepped up and became certified trainers in both Boy and Girl Scout principles. They guided the Cub Scouts from Bobcat all the way to the highest honor of an Eagle Scout.  The Girl Scouts advanced from Daisies to Ambassadors.  Through their journey, Boy and Girl Scouts performed tasks and are rewarded with pins and badges for completing their goals. The many service projects are evident all around St. Francis de Sales. The Prayer Labyrinth, Kiduff Hall’s fresh coat of paint, maintaining the landscape of our grounds and planting trees, cleaning the desks in the education building, to name just a few. Our Girl Scouts added many new troops and conducted service projects, including parish clean ups and collecting items for the Outreach Pantry. The Scouts learn how to care for our environment by participating in camping trips. Some of these trips to landmark places increased their awareness of our history.

On April 24th of this year Scout Sunday will be celebrated at the 9 am Mass. Scouts will gather to receive a special blessing. Some Scouts completed a voluntary program with their parents at home, and will be recognized with a Religious Awards Medal at Mass. Scout Sunday is a golden opportunity to support the spirituality of our Boy and Girl Scouts. The future of Scouting at St. Francis is bright because the Scouts in our programs are guided by principles and a devotion to their faith. The family and friends who give of themselves are key elements to the success of Scouting.