Dear Catholic Scouters,
Summer is upon us! School is out for the summer and we find ourselves participating in a number of summer vacation activities along with our family and friends. We rejoice because we have some extra time to rest and relax.
For the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, this summer is full of activities for Chaplains. We have another Saint George Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch from July 8 to 23. There will be 78 youth walking the backcountry of the ranch along with 16 adult advisors that include priests, seminarians and religious sisters. At the Philmont Catholic Chaplaincy we will have five chaplains that include Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger "Padre", three priests and a seminarian. This year our Seminarian will be Cole Bestgen from the Archdiocese of Saint Louis Missouri.
At the Philmont Training Center another Scouting in the Catholic Church training course will take place from July 19th to 25. The faculty will include George Sparks, Father Michael Hanifin, Deacon Tommy Watts, Roselito de los Reyes, and Kathy Polowski. Many scouters will receive training on how to use scouting as a way to minister to youth in the Catholic Church.
This year BSA celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Order of the Arrow. There will be a National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University from August 3 to 8. There will be two priests who will function as Catholic Chaplains: Father Mark Springer and Father Frank Basa.
This summer in Kirara-hama Japan a World Scouting Jamboree will take place from July 28 to August 8. Immediate Past National Chaplain Father Stephen Salvador will represent the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
It was announced that Bishop John C. Wester will become the new Archbishop of Santa Fe. We wish to congratulate this great supporter of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. We also offer our best wishes and gratitude to Archbishop Michael Sheehan for his many years of service to the Catholics of the archdiocese and his support of scouting, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and especially his support of Philmont Scout Ranch.
Father Michael Hanifin
NCCS National Chaplain