by Erich Bayless, Assistant Scoutmaster
The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday. In the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. (except when our Troop is out camping)
The Scouting program at Chapel Hill is more than just an activity for our youth to learn about the outdoors. Scouting provides fun, fellowship, and training. It emphasizes honesty, self-reliance, and respect. Through a year-round program, it affects character, citizenship, and personal fitness. The success of Scouting depends on our volunteers, who serve so that our young people may benefit from this ministry. As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 109th anniversary, we salute the volunteers who serve as Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Venturing Advisors, and in other positions of leadership.
Volunteers give their time to deliver a quality Scouting program. Merit badge counselors help Scouts learn more about vocations and hobbies. Volunteers see that the Scout camps of the Last Frontier Council have the necessary facilities and that camp activities meet high health and safety standards. Volunteers serve behind the scenes so that community organizations can find leadership for their youth. Volunteers provide training for these leaders and offer continuing service to every Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, and Venturing crew. Many men and women offer their services through Scouting, but more volunteers are always needed to serve as leaders or share their special skills. All these people feel a sense of achievement through their work in Scouting. We congratulate all the volunteers who are active in Scouting and offer our thanks to the leaders of Troop 168, Pack 163, and Crew 2168 chartered to Chapel Hill.