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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Bishop bestows religious emblems on Scouts, Scout leaders at cathedral ceremony

by Father Terence Tully, for the Inland Register

(From the March 1, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Twenty-one religious emblems were conferred by Bishop William Skylstad on an adult leader, a Girl Scout, three Boy Scouts and 16 Cub Scouts on Feb. 4, the annual Bishop’s Recognition Day in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Bishop Skylstad was pleased with his Scouts. He congratulated each one, and encouraged them and their adult leaders to keep up the good work.

Arthur C. Smalley, assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 80, received the Bronze Pelican medal for aiding the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Girl Scout Shannon Kestell received the “I Live My Faith” medal which helps a girl grow as a Christian person and become a more responsible member of family, troop, parish and community.

Boy Scouts Peter Lampert, Jonathan Schmitz, and Luke Shulman, all members of Troop 313, earned the Ad Altare Dei emblem by studying the seven sacraments as Christ-given means of spiritual growth.

To Cub Scouts Rickey Beal of Medical Lake Pack 307, David Sackman of Pack 506, Samuel Trudeau, Pack 171, Dustin Wight of Pack 307, and the following members of St. Mary Parish’s Pack 468 — Simon Alsager, Patrick Jones, Paul Entzminger, Philip Driscoll, B.J. Groh, Ben Walls, and Jeremy Weinand — went the Parvuli Dei medal, designed to make them aware of God’s presence in their lives, homes, and communities.

The Light of Christ emblem for Tiger Cubs and Wolf Cubs helps the youngest Scouts develop a personal relationship with Jesus, to see him as a real person and friend. This emblem was given to four Cub Scouts of Pack 258: Daniel Anderson, Jeffrey Birge, Michael Greene, and Andrew Kovash. All Cub Scout religious emblems are earned with active participation of the parents.

Retreat at Camp Easton

The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting has decided to hold our 2001 retreat for Scouts at a Scout camp, and has chose Camp Easton on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene. I have been there twice, and found it to be a place of beauty and provided with the facilities we shall need. The area is 215 acres and includes three-quarters of a mile of Coeur d’Alene lakefront.

The retreat program will be on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the conclusion of the campfire program. Scouts and leaders may come Friday evening and leave Sunday morning if they wish.

Program for the day is still being planned, but there will be emphasis on religious emblems and their requirements.

To get to Camp Easton, Sam Richart, director of the retreat, says: follow Interstate 90 east of Coeur d’Alene City. Take exit #22 (toward Harrison) on Highway 97 for 12 miles and you arrive at Camp Easton.


For information on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and its activities, contact Father Terence Tully, diocesan Scout chaplain, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd., Apt. 308, Spokane, WA 99202-1200, phone (509) 458-7674; or James Burgen, acting chairperson, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, 3303 W. 8th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204; pager phone (509) 880-5498. Click here for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s web site!

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