Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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National Catholic Committee on Scouting recruiting for St. George Trek 2015

from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting

(From the February 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

The St. George Trek is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s high-adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, Religious and seminarians for 11 days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.

The 2015 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in Albuquerque, N.M., where the participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun, and pray. Then it’s off to Philmont Scout Ranch, where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains.

According to Deacon Dan Glatt, chaplain for the Boy Scouts in the Spokane Diocese, the annual St. George Trek “fills up fast.” Fundraising to pay to participate in the Trek often takes some time, said Deacon Glatt – hence the early notice for the 2015 event.

While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith, Scripture, and vocation in their lives as young Catholic men and women. Before returning home on Thursday, July 23, they will be asked to commit to their own continued discernment as well as bringing their experiences home to their respective dioceses, so they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow Scouts.

Each Arch/diocese is encouraged to conduct a search and nominate one or two Boy Scouts or Venture Crew members for participation in the Trek. Because the program can only accommodate 70 youth, only two participants per diocese will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection of participants is made by the individual Arch/Diocese and should be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential, an interest in the life of the Church, and an openness to the discernment of vocation.

The earning of Scouting’s religious emblems and the Scout’s involvement in church, school and Scouting activities should be given consideration. Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be 15 years of age on or before July 1, 2015, in high school in the fall of 2015, and committed to assist their Catholic Committee on Scouting when they return home. They must also have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont. No exceptions can be made to these expectations and requirements.

A female Ventures crew is planned pending sufficient female registration. Female Ventures members must be registered in a Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew.

The St. George Trek is a one-time only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible.

For more information, check out the St. George Trek’s web site:,or email Deacon Glatt:

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