According to the Boy Scouts of America Handbook, boy scouts are to be “Reverent” among the qualities both showcased by and strived for among its ranks.

“A scout is reverent,” said the handbook. “A scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

Combining religion and scouting might not always be such an easy task. However, the troop running out of Corpus Christi Parish in Upper Gwynedd has found skillful ways to do just that.

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“A Scout is Reverent” is a program operated by The Cub Scouts of Pack 303 and the Boy Scouts of Troop 303, along with scout parishioners. The groups of boys took time out to celebrate the 105th anniversary of scouting Sunday, Feb. 1.

“The date also marked the 21st anniversary of Troop 303 and the 25th anniversary of Pack 303,” said Stanley P. Jaskiewicz, who shared the news via email with TAP Into North Penn.

Through the special program, the scouts focus on service with the community via the church.

“Since ‘A Scout is Reverent,’ scouts served as altar servers, cantor, lector, and offertory gift bearers,” said Jaskiewicz. 

By assisting with church needs, the scouts give back to both the communities they aim to serve, but also the church, which sponsors their pack.

The troops are also always welcoming new members to join in on the fun.

“Boys and their parents who want to join for the fun, challenges and service of Scouting should contact Troop 303 Committee Chairman Joe Rakszawski at JoeRak@aol.com or 610-584-0333,” said Jaskiewicz.