Holy Innocents' Scout Sunday
- The Rev. Grady "Buddy" Crawford
- Apr 14, 2015
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This Sunday we will recognize the Boy Scouts who call Holy Innocents home. For almost twenty-nine years (the charter was granted to the troop on 5/1/1976) there has been a scouting presence in our church community. In that time more than five hundred boys have participated in the pack. And while we acknowledge their presence, they will do what scouts do; they will serve the community. Some will read lessons, some will greet parishioners, and others assist the ushers. And during the Fifty Days of Easter/Service the pack will participate in our Sunday service project. So come and celebrate their lives among us and participate in serving the broader community with them. The article below is from Bill Preston, a parishioner and leaders of Pack 186.
~The Rev. Buddy Crawford~
“Each of the 70 Cub Scouts who are members of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church’s Pack 186 recites the Cub Scout promise at each formal meeting. The third line of the promise includes the words, “To Help Other People.” When it comes to helping others in our community, these Scouts have gone above and beyond.
In mid-December, the Scouts and their families gathered one Friday afternoon in Parish Hall to wrap toys and games they collected as part of a holiday toy drive for the children of Emmaus House. These gifts were for children who live in the “Peoplestown” area of Atlanta, just south of Turner field. Each year Emmaus House gives Christmas gifts to approximately 900 children and in some instances, this is the only gift the children would receive.
I had asked each Scout to try and bring at least one gift. Our target was 75 gifts and our stretch goal was 100. Later on that evening, when we were done loading the truck I had lost count at over 200 gifts.
These same Scouts have also frequented local senior living communities in years past to interact with residents, sing carols, and work side by side with their new friends on craft projects.
Recently, one of our dens launched a campaign to collect much needed supplies for an animal rescue organization. Old towels were made into dog toys or comforting aids for traumatized animals seeking new homes.
Service has always been core to the Boy Scouts. It teaches young boys the importance of considering the needs of others in how they approach their lives – an important character attribute.
This tradition will continue on Sunday, April 19th. Our Scouts and their families join the parishioners of Holy Innocents to help stuff backpacks with school supplies for children who might otherwise not have what they need to properly pursue an education.
Additionally, the Tiger Scouts (First Graders) of Den 12 have been busy collecting canned goods for the Community Assistance Center and will bring them to church that day.
We hope you will join us and if you have an extra moment, please consider bringing an extra canned good or two for the Community Assistance Center too.”