2nd Annual Orange District Duty To God Religious Knot Series 2012-13

Starting in mid-November 2012, through the gracious volunteer help of our District Duty to God Counselors, Orange District will offer our Scouts the opportunity to earn their Youth Religious Knot – as a District.

Currently, the Duty to God programming offered through the District will be for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in 6 areas of religious study: Cub Scout Catholic, Cub Scout Protestant, Webelo Catholic, Webelo Protestant, Boy Scout Catholic and Boy Scout Protestant. These District Youth Religious Knot Programs will be scheduled over a series of afternoons and evenings during the months of November, December and January (through April for Boy Scout Catholic due to the extensiveness of this study) in preparation for Scout Sunday in early 2013.

All the important initial details concerning your Duty to God program are all noted at http://www.orangedutytogod.com. Please take the time to review all the posted information concerning the Duty to God programming associated with your faith. Complete the application by November 15th if you find yourself interested in earning your Youth Religious Knot. The $30 fee associated with this program will be used to cover the materials, session supplies and awards for the attending Scout.

If you do not find the program associated with your faith or if you are an adult that would be interested in helping the Orange District scouting youth that share your faith, please contact Robert Shaw West, Orange District Program Chair and Duty to God Program Chief at westandco@earthlink.net.

Troop 505 God and County Youth Religious Knot (7 of 7) Meeting Oct 19

Our next Troop meeting will be held October 19th at St. Benedict’s Catholoic Church at 870 Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill, NC, 27514, from 7-8:30pm.

During this meeting we will complete work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require seven 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these seven sessions was held at our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scout.

Those Scouts not interested in this Knot or those who already have this Knot should plan to work on Eagle Scout Project Planning with the attending Eagle Project Counselors.

Troop 505 God and Country Youth Religious Knot (6 of 7) Meeting Sep 28

Our next Troop meeting will be held September 28th  at the American Legion Chapel Hill Post 6. During this meeting we will continue work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require 6-7 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these 6-7 sessions was held at our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scout.

Those Scout not interested in this Knot or those who already have this Knot should plan to work on the American Legion Lakeside Fishing Area Preservation Project. Those planning to work on this community service project should wear class B work clothing and bring a clean-up tool of their choice. Heavy-wieght gloves, a PFD and protective eyewear are required by all the participate lakeside. Small brush saws or clippers will be most useful at this project.

Troop 505 God and Country Youth Religious Knot (5 of 7) Meeting Sep 7

Our next Troop meeting will be held Sept 7th  at the Meadowmont YMCA. During this meeting we will continue work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require 6-7 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these 6-7 sessions was held at our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scout.

Any Scout not interested in this Knot or those who already have this Knot should plan to work on their Eagle Projects. Eagle Project Mentors will be attending this Troop meeting and at the disposal of our Eagle Project Scouts.

Our Personal Fitness Merit Badge Counselor will be at our meeting from 7:30-8pm to review requirement progress for any Scout working on this Merit Badge.

Our last meeting at the YMCA will be Wednesday September 14th from 5:30-7:30pm, when the YMCA will be opening the swimming pool for a private Scouting farewell party. Troop 505 will be supplying a pizza dinner. I hope everyone can attend!

After our regular Troop meeting, any Scout planning to attend the Uwharrie National Forest Trek on Sep 24-25 will need to plan on sticking around for an additional 30 minutes to start planning trip logistics.

Our regularly scheduled PLC will follow our Troop meeting from 7:30-8pm.

Troop 505 God and Country Youth Religious Knot (4 of 7) Meeting Aug 24

Our next Troop meeting will be held August 24th  at the Meadowmont YMCA. During this meeting we will continue work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require 6-7 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these 6-7 sessions was held at our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scout.

Those Scout not interested in this Knot or those who already have this Knot should plan to work on their Eagle Projects. Eagle Project Mentors will be attending this Troop meeting and at the disposal of our Eagle Project Scouts.

Troop 505 God and Country Youth Religious Knot (3 of 7) Meeting Aug 17

Our next Troop meeting will be held August 17th at the Meadowmont YMCA. During this meeting we will continue work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require 6-7 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these 6-7 sessions was held at our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scout.

Those Scout not interested in this Knot or those who already have this Knot should plan to work on their Eagle Projects. Eagle Project Mentors will be attending this Troop meeting and at the disposal of our Eagle Project Scouts.

Troop 505 God and Country Youth Religious Knot (2 of 7) Meeting Aug 10

Our next Troop meeting will be held August 10th at the Meadowmont YMCA. During this meeting we will continue work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require 6-7 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these 6-7 sessions was held at our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scout.

Troop 505 God and Country Youth Religious Knot Meeting Aug 3

 

Our next Troop meeting will be held August 3rd at the Meadowmont YMCA. During this meeting we will begin work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require 6-7 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these 6-7 sessions will be our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. the remainder of these 6-7 sesssions will have to be completed alone and brought back to the Troop once complete. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scouts.

The Scout Oath and the Scout Law ask a Scout to pledge his honor to do his best to do his duty to God and his country and to be reverant. Here is what one of America’s most famous movie actors had to say about duty to God and country and about reverance:

Actor John Wayne, who was a Scout in his youth, was honored by President Ford, an Eagle Scout, at the same black-tie, benefit dinner where Jimmy Stewart spoke. (The proceeds were for the purchase of land to be called the John Wayne Outpost Camp at the Lake Arrowhead Scout Camps in the Los Angeles Area Council.) President Ford said, “It occurs to me that John Wayne, like so many other great Americans, has never lost the sense that there is a higher good, something outside the individual, which each of us should seek to achieve.”

John Wayne recited the Scout Law and commented, “Nice words. Trouble is, we learn them so young we sometimes don’t get all the understanding that goes with them. I take care of that in my family. As each boy reaches Scout age I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down for him with a few things I’ve picked up in the more than half century since I learned it.”

Commenting on “Reverant,” John Wayne put it simply, “Believe in anything you want to believe in, but keep God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful experience. Without Him, you’re just biding time.”

For a summary of requirements for individual religious emblems, please visit:

 http://usscouts.org/scoutduty/index.asp.

Requirements are listed by religion.