Boy scouting, which came to America one-hundred years ago this month is and has been a significant part of Catholic youth programs in the Diocese of Dallas and throughout the nation.
Boys do not become scouts because it builds character, which it does; they become scouts to have fun, to explore, to discover and be with friends. Thanks to a proven program and the leadership of Catholic scouters, the men and women who volunteer to work with scouts, scouting offers all these things while it builds character and develops self-confidence and leadership qualities.
Through the religious awards program, scouts also grow in their faith. Many are on retreat at Camp James Ray this weekend. I congratulate our scouts and scouters on this centennial year and thank our Diocese of Dallas Catholic Scouting Committee for coordinating the more than 60 scout units in our diocese.
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