Mass a part of five week summer camp for Catholic scouts
SOMERSET – At the Westmoreland Fayette Council Boy Scouts of America Camp Conestoga, over 1,000 Scouts are attending camp over 5 weeks.
During their time at the camp, they are participating in fun activities, getting physical exercise, and earning merit badges in a wide variety of subject areas.
Evening Vespers are held weekly. This year, the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting has arranged for Catholic Mass to be celebrated by priests from the Diocese of Greensburg every Monday evening. The idea was brought to the attention of Chaplain Fr. George Saletrik, Pastor at St. Regis, Trafford, and Chair Chuck Boyer.
Priests volunteered, and arrangements were made with the Camp Director, Paul Rock.
Scout leaders were very gratified and spoke highly of the effort to offer Mass at Camp. Additionally, the committee has arranged for a display of all Scouting religious emblems in the main hall for the duration of camp and Committee members and clergy are staffing the display during family visitation days weekly. Promotion of Catholic Scout emblems and participation in them is being emphasized as a key element of the 12th point of the Scout Law – A Scout is reverent.
Additionally, Quo Vadis , a four-day vocations discernment camp for young men of high school age, is being promoted.