The Scout Oath:
“On my honor I will do my best; To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight”
The church, supportive of youth ministry has recognized the core values of the Boy Scouts. St. Paul’s Troop 568 is one of a dozen scout troops in the metropolitan area that are chartered by Orthodox parishes. Founded in the early 1960’s, 55 young men have achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
Cub Scout Den 568:
The “junior” division of the scouting program, currently with 20 boys between the ages of 7 and 10 years old, introduces scout values by providing fun and activity filled events. Together with their peers and parents, the Cub Scouts work on their age appropriate badges and rank advancements, mastering new skills and abilities while developing self-confidence. Activities include building match cars for the Pinewood Derby, camping and hiking trips, visits to Home Depot, car repair shops, and science museums. The Cub Scouts also work with our clergy on two religious medals, the St. George and Chi-Ro.
Boy Scout Troop 568
The main program for boys ages 10 to 17 enables young men to learn life’s more serious lessons while having fun. The program combines active and participatory experiences such as camping, fishing, and hiking trips, sports and outdoor activities, the week long Summer Catskills camping trip, and numerous community service projects. Scouts learn life skills, such as swimming, first aid, camping, personal fitness, disaster preparedness, shooting sports, and personal finance.
With adult guidance, senior level scouts, providing an opportunity for all scouts to learn and test leadership skills and be active participants in the troop and their community at large, run troop meetings. The Scouts are encouraged to serve as Altar Boys, become involved with GOYA and provide manpower help at the parish’s Greek Festival and the Fall Family Festival.
Both programs meet Thursday evenings. For information, please contact the membership coordinators, Cathy Marinos for the Cub Scouts or Louis Yeostros for the Boy Scouts.