At national Jamboree, Scouts explore faith as well as outdoors
Published: August 2, 2010
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Msgr. John B. Brady says he got his vocation at the 1950 National Scout Jamboree. Sixty years later, the priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, a chaplain for with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, was one of more than 20 priests and deacons serving as chaplains at the Boy Scouts' 2010 national Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. As more than 30,000 Boy Scouts and Venturers gathered for the Jamboree marking the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, chaplains of different faiths were there to help guide them, discern what God wants of them and encourage them spiritually. Besides rafting, rappelling, swimming, canoeing and a host of other outdoor activities, the Scouts could work on their Duty to God patch. Msgr. Brady said one of the things the Scouts must do to earn their Duty to God patch is visit with a chaplain. "We get people of every faith coming, not just Catholic," he said, noting that the chaplains represent multiple faiths -- as do the patches. He said he tells the Scouts that duty to God "means they should have a personal relationship with God" -- talk to him and read the Bible or Quran.
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