The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. It is a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. is an educational resource program which teaches youth to respect God, his country, his home and man. Scouting is an overall program for youth and families. The traditional Scouting divisions are CUB SCOUTS for boys ages 7 to 10½ years and BOY SCOUTING for boys ages 10 1/2 to 18. Activities for each group involves adventures, activities, learning of life skills and receiving awards for achievements. But most of all, they learn Core Values that will guide them for the remainder of their lives. These values are:
- Citizenship – Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state and national communities.
- Compassion – Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
- Cooperation – Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal
- Courage – Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences
- Faith – Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God
- Health and Fitness – Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
- Honesty – Telling the truth and being worthy of trust
- Perseverance – Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult
- Positive Attitude – Being cheerful and other resources to their fullest
- Resourcefulness – Using human and other resources to their fullest
- Respect – Showing regard for the worth of something or someone
- Responsibility – Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people and ourselves
St. Mary’s Parish is proud to host the local Boy and Girl scout troops in our facilities. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Scouting program, please contact Bunny Cherniwchan at 518-542-4215.