Local Cub Scout Pack 3283, winner of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) Gold Medallion in 2009 and finalist in 2007 and 2008, present the Rosary Hike program. The Gold Medallion Award Program by NCCS was established to identify and recognize the outstanding Catholic Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, and Venturing Crew in each of the 15 Episcopal Regions of the United States. It is also intended to promote the NCCS initiative to increase Scouting units, youth members and adult leaders. National Gold Medallion winners epitomize those units that excel at providing youth with quality programs including religious activities, religious emblems participation, outdoor activities, and special events that encompass the religious, vocational and educational aspects of Scouting under Catholic auspices. The program was chartered by Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Belmont. Cub Scout Pack 3283 and Boy Scout Troop 283 are offering the Catholic Rosary Hike to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venturers. After participating in 10 Rosary Hikes, Scouts and adults will earn a handmade Rosary walking staff. Come join the fun and fellowship. The following outline explains the Rosary Hike Program: 1. Set aside one day a month and hike three miles (all kinds of weather, year round). 2. During the hike, pray the Rosary. 3. After 10 hikes, participants are awarded a Rosary staff. The staffs are handmade from sassafras, and each has 10 indentations or markers for prayers. 4. After 25 hikes, award them a Staff Badge. 5. Make July a Rosary Bike Hike. (You do not pray the Rosary while biking.) 6. Incorporate the Footsteps of American Saints Program and the Rosary Patch Series by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The 2011 schedule, subject to change, is as follows: • Jan. 2, Assumption BVM, Belmont, 10:30 a.m. • Feb. 6, Assumption BVM, Belmont, 10:30 a.m. • Feb. 27, John Ball Zoo, 12:00 p.m. • Mar. 6, Assumption BVM, Belmont, 10:30 a.m. • Mar. 27, Assumption BVM, Belmont, 10:30 a.m. • May 1, Assumption BVM, Belmont, 10:30 a.m. • June 5, Assumption BVM, Belmont, 10:30 a.m. • July 3, Assumption BVM, Belmont, (Rosary Bike Hike) 12:30 p.m. • Aug. 5-7, GRCCS Retreat, Franciscan Life Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell • Sept. 11, Assumption BVM, […]
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Blood drive, free activities highlight many merchants by BETH ALTENA “Remember when I said to expect this group to do big things in the community? This is one of those big things,” said Tony Griffin, owner of BC Pizza in Belmont, referring to his great expectations of the Belmont business community, which he believes is a unique and diverse group that will surprise many. Participants in a first Heart of Belmont family festival and blood drive on Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. should prove his point. Activities take place on the closed street of Belmont Center Drive and in and around the nearby businesses. Although Belmont seems a smallish business community, its members collectively are impressive, and over a dozen merchants and service providers will pitch in to make a day of fun for those who come out to see what Belmont has to offer. Participating stores, salons, restaurants, medical and dental care providers and others will have free giveaways to anyone who donates blood through the Michigan Blood bus. Michigan Blood, in turn, will donate $10 for each donor to local Boy Scout Troop #283. Participants can also be on the National Bone Marrow registry. For those who choose to donate or not, the day has something for everyone, from free health assessments by Snap Fitness, to a car show located at Milestones Child Development Center and organized by Belmont Grocery. All car show participants receive a free small pizza from B.C. Pizza. Invited to sign up ahead of time or at the 10:45 registration are owners of old cars, classic cars, race cars, fast cars and just plain cool cars. Trailside Treats, a seasonal gem tucked away a short jog from the White Pine Trail, will provide music with the live band Retrospect. A bounce house provided by the Blast Factory Eccentric Entertainment will keep the little ones hopping, and massages—free to donors or for a dollar a minute to others—will soothe adults. Griffin said he admires all blood programs, but is really excited about Michigan Blood, because all donations stay in the area. He also explained that donating bone marrow also has the potential to save the life of another person, an amazing gift to be able to […]
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.