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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Scouts have big plans for Lake Coeur d’Alene Camporee

by Father Terence Tully, for the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 23, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Boys leading boys, a principle of Scouting dating back to Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting, will be applied in the Catholic Camporee, Saturday, Sept. 8, at Camp Easton, on the eastern shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. And by an echo principle “girls leading girls” likewise.

Emphasis will be on religious emblems instituted by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, and in the case of Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls, emblems instituted by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

Youth who have earned the emblems will be invited to tell other youth why they worked to pass the requirements and how this experience helped their faith and their spiritual lives.

Besides promoting the emblems the youth leaders will have a role in the campfire program, including the Trail of the Saints presentation, storytelling, and acting in skits.

And because the Camporee will be a camp-out, youth leaders will use their Scout skills in setting up camp and whatever other service is necessary to make the camp run well.

The Mass
My own contribution to the Camporee will be offering the Mass late in the afternoon. Because it will be the Mass of that Sunday I hope it can help the Scouts and other youth to see the importance of their participation in Mass at their parish church every Sunday.

The priest at Mass and the congregation at Mass form a community obeying the command of Christ to “do this in memory of me,” Christ’s words at the Last Supper.

I hope I can invite the youth leaders at the Camporee to bring everyone present into the action. No one should be passive. Clearly there are leadership roles for the youth as ushers, readers, altar servers, song leaders, and probably as Eucharistic ministers.

Some leadership and community roles may not be recognized, and I hope I can bring about recognition. There is the role the congregation has in the thanksgiving aspect before the Eucharistic prayer. The priest says: “Let us give thanks to the Lord.” The congregation responds emphatically with the words: “It is right to give him thanks and praise.” And the priest, as if stimulated by that response, recites the preface which begins with strong agreement, calling on God the Father and saying thanks should be given always and everywhere.

Another point where the congregation’s words have emphasis is at the end of the Eucharistic prayer, the four-letter Hebrew word ‘Amen’ which seems to offer to the priest the support, the belief, and the understanding which the congregation has in the central action of the Mass — that is, the Eucharistic prayer.

These points and others the youth leaders at the Mass can help the congregation recognize and participate in.

May I ask your prayers for the success of the youth leaders at the Catholic Camporee, especially perhaps in their leadership at the Mass.

Director of the Camporee will be Sam Richart, 5512 N. “F” St., Spokane, WA 99205; phone (509) 328-8448. He can answer questions about this event.

Coming Events
  • Catholic Camporee, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at Boy Scout Camp Easton on the east shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Theme: Religious Emblems for Boy Scouts, Girt Scouts, and Camp Fire Boys and Girls.
  • Bishop’s Recognition Day, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002. Bishop William Skylstad will confer religious emblems on Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire Boys and Girls.

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, chairman of Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, 303 W. 8th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204. Pager phone (509) 880-5498. Click here for the web site of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.)

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