The Diocese of Gaylord has several religious programs available for scouts (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venture Crews.) We have supported scouting for over fifteen years. Contact the Diocese of Gaylord for information on the religious programs that we offer for youth and how to begin.
The Diocese of Gaylord has appointed Fr. Tyler Bischoff as our Diocesan Chaplain. Fr. Tyler’s example of living his faith combined with his scout experience is a great asset to our youth in scouting. He was a Cub Scout and earned his "Arrow of Light" before joining Troop 911 in East Tawas where his father served as Scoutmaster. Each year he attended summer camp at Paul Bunyan Scout reservation in Rose City. Because Fr. Tyler demonstrated leadership as a young scout, he was elected to both Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader of his troop by his peers. Fr. Tyler earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2006. His project was to repair and paint the white picket fence at Holy Family Parish in East Tawas. Fr. Tyler is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow (OA), known as the “National Honor Society” of scouting. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and scout spirit, and providing cheerful service to others. The Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Duty to God and Reverence are both vital parts of scouting.
Fr. Tyler continues to work with youth in our diocese by repeated participation in World Youth Days and as a helper at Christian Leadership Institute. He has been active in the Holy Family Parish youth group throughout Jr-High and High School and has attended mission trips to Guatemala and New Orleans (after Katrina). He is a registered BSA member of Troop 1 in Gaylord.
Every year, many parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord celebrate Scout Sunday to honor our boy and girl scouts. The level of participation in Scout Sunday depends on how active the scouting units are within a parish. Some parishes invite the scouts to greet parishioners before mass begins, serve as Altar Servers, proclaim the readings if qualified, bring up the gifts, usher or pass out bulletins.
For Boy Scouts, Scout Sunday is on or around February 8 which is the Anniversary of Scouting which began in 1910. This is a great time to award Religious Awards, such as the Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, or Pope Pious XI medals. This year, Scout Sunday falls on February 7.
For Girl Scouts, Scout Sunday is March 6. Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts’ Birthday, March 12.
If you see a scout dressed in uniform on one of those days, be sure to thank him or her for their service in scouting.
How do we keep our volunteers? Recognize them for their hard work and achievements! The National Catholic Committee on Scouting is a great resource for awards for both scouts and adult leaders.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.nccs-bsa.org/
For information on adult recognition, visit the link: http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/adult-recognition