Boy Scout Troop 283’s Nathan Christensen of Belmont proudly displayed the Bishop Baraga medallion as the Grand Rapids Catholic Committee on Scouting hosted the annual Scout Recognition Mass at the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids on Sunday, Feb. 28. Christensen was the first Boy Scout to earn the Bishop Baraga award, commemorating the celebration of 100 years of Scouting as youth ministry.
More than 140 Scouts and adult leaders were recognized as recipients of Catholic religious awards at the Scout Recognition Mass. Recipients were recognized by the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to individuals who have performed exceptional service to the Scouting program through their contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth.
Recipients of the Bronze Pelican Award were Michael Lenz, Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 3208 of Holy Spirit; Daina Luczyk, Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 283 of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Pete Luczyk, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 283 of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Kevin Meyers, Scoutmaster of 275 and Advisor of 2275; and Bill Mullholland, Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner of the Gerald R. Ford Council/Boy Scouts of America.
Receiving the St. George Award from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and recognized for their outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of the Catholic youth were Scott Harvey, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council, Charter Organization Representative of Pack 3283 and Troop 283, Finance Council Chairman of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Larry Wilson, Scoutmaster of Troop 230, High Adventure Advisor for Section C-2B of the Order of the Arrow, member St. Jude Church Christian Formation Committee, Fourth Degree Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus.
Honored for the Pope Paul VI Catholic Unit Award for the third straight year were Boy Scout Troop 31 of Marne and St. Mary and Cub Scout Pack 3283 of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Pope Paul VI was also awarded to Boy Scout Troop 283 for their outstanding efforts in Catholic Scouting.
Plans also are underway to celebrate the 100 years of Scouting with a Cub Scout Activity Day scheduled for Saturday, June 5, and a Catholic Boy Scout Retreat on August 6-8 at the Life Process Center in Lowell.