Scouting @ St. Anthony's
“I will tell you something – but don’t let it go to your head! -- you are a precious part of the Church. Thank you! Perhaps the littlest ones among you don’t realize this well, but I hope the older ones do! In particular, you offer an important contribution to families for their educational mission to girls, to boys and to young people. Parents entrust them to you because they are convinced of the goodness and wisdom of the scout method, based on great human values, on contact with nature, on religiosity and faith in God; a method that educates to freedom in responsibility. This trust of families is not disappointed! And also that of the Church: I hope that you will always feel part of the great Christian community…"
June 15, 2015
Scouting in its different forms offers both girls and boys, all over the world, opportunities for growth, development, fun and learning - while making a difference for good in the world! Both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have a good relationship with the different religions, including the Catholic Church. While the religions do not "run" or control the scout organizations, we do support them, honor them and encourage our young people to join them. Scouting, in turn, offers our young people the chance to become the honorable human beings they were created to be.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend says it this way: "Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Venturing units should not be seen as outside groups using our church's facilities. Scouting is one way in which religion fulfills its mission. Scouting can be an integrated part of the parish's youth ministry ... whether the unit is chartered by the parish, by some other religion, by the Knights of Columbus ... or some other entity."
St. Anthony of Padua parish has a relationship with three scouting units:
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