We are seeing a resurgence of the Scouting program. There are now 65 Cubs and Senior Scouts at Troop 728. A new troop has formed to include girls, Troop 729. This will allow girls to seek the prestigious “Eagle Scout” award, and will encourage fathers to work with their daughters. With the leadership of Michael Harwood as Scout Co-ordinator and Brenda Walburn as Committee Chair, the interest and excitement for the character, and citizen building program has increased. They have recruited and supported outstanding leaders: Gary Hardin, Jr., Doug Foutty, John Desmarais and Amanda Hayes as Treasurer for Senior Scouts. Leaders for the Cubs are: Jennifer Black, Jason Murray, Carolina Zakamarek and Evan Thomson, Ann Murray as Treasurer.
Scouting came to America in 1910 from England where it was started by Lord Baden Powell. Mt. Carmel first Charter Troop was in 1942, That is 77 years of Scouting.
The Scouts had a predominate role in our worship service. They proudly posted the colors standing straight and tall. They lead the congregation in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, the Pledge to the Christian flag, and the Boy Scout Pledge. “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout law: to help other people at all times; and to keep myself physically strong, and mentally awake, and morally straight.
Michael Harwood was given “God and Service” in recognition for his long, consistent, and dedicated service as a Scout Master. The award was presented by Brenda Walburn.
Adam Cartwright, a 14 year old Star Scout, has been in scouting for three years. He told us what scouting has meant to him. He shared the many outings with the Scouts to have fun and build skills and confidence: indoor sky diving, go carting, canoeing, hiking, and riding bicycle along the Creeper Trail in Virginia. What he liked more than anything else was camping in all kinds of weather, usually too hot, too cold, or raining.
Working is another part of scouting. They picked up trash bags at the Fair, gave out fliers, at the Old Salem Sunrise Service, cleaned area parks, collected food for the annual scout food drive and a number of other chores. Adam said, “Most people consider this work, but as scouts we work together and make it fun”.
He contrasted playing organized sports with Scouting. Scouting is team work, physical and mental conditioning, fair play, helping not just the team, but others. The Scout Law encompasses more than competition, and only the best get to play organized sports. Everyone can participate as a scout. The Law states: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Scouting is great preparation for choosing a career field, and life time of success and good citizenship.
Dylan Lewandowski read scripture, Luke 6: 27-36, in preparation for Pastor Mary Miller’s sermon “Rise and Shine to True Love”. From the 2009 Pixar movie “UP”, Miller used the plot and characters of a lonely, elderly man Carl, whose wife Ellie had recently passed away to entertain and instruct everyone on how loving relationships matter. In the movie there is a young scout named Russell who comes along in Carls life, trying to earn his merit badge. They have a wild experience, flying his house with helium balloons to Paradise, Venezuela. Through adversity they formed a wonderful relationship. They find out that letting go of some things weighing them down, they are both able to find success and fly to new heights together.
Adam listed some of the many famous men who were “Eagle Scouts.” Mt. Carmel is very proud of one of our own Eagle Scouts. Rev. Rob Fuquay attended church here with his parents, brother and sister. He is now Senior Pastor of one of the largest churches in Indianapolis, Indiana. His sermons can be seen on the St. Luke’s website. His picture with in depth article is located in the Montsinger classroom where is mother Julie is the teacher.
The hyms for the service were: “Oh How I Love Jesus” (Because He first loved me). “O Jesus I Have Promised” (To love thee to the end as a Master and a friend).
Participating scouts: Flag posting commander-Connor Hayes; Prayer; Hasting Runnels.
Scout Oath: Chrisopher Stark and Ethan Murray; Scout Law: Malcomb Black and Reece Holder.
We can always accommodate more scouts. You can call our church office for more information.
The number is (336) 788-4183. The Scouts meet on Monday nights at 6:30. Facebook: CubScoutPack 728, and ScoutsBSAGirl Troop 729.