February 25 is Scout Sunday at PPC

We welcome the scouts – both boys and girls – to our worship service on February 25. They are greeting worshippers, and will be handing out bulletins. The congregation will also greet them. they are important part of the church’s mission in the community.

The Pennington Presbyterian Church scouting programs are thriving! As a part of its youth mission in the community, PPC hosts Girl Scout Troops 70121 and 70073. The girls currently involved are at the “Brownie” level (3rd grade). PPC is also the Charter Organization for: Cub Pack 44, ages 7 to 10; Boy Scout Troop 44, ages 10 to 18; and Venture Crew 44, ages 14 – 21. In total there are nearly 100 active youth nourished by these programs and nearly forty active adult leaders who have done various levels of specialized training for their roles. Among other things, in each scout meeting youth and adults affirm their Duty to God and Country and the value of Reverence.

Troop 70073 is one of the Girl Scout troops that meets at Pennington Presbyterian. We are very grateful for the space! Girl Scouts is about building courage, confidence, and character in many different ways. Hopewell Valley Girl Scouts has over thirty troops that vary tremendously in what activities they like to do. Troop 70073 is excited to support many causes that are part of the PennPres mission. For example, we baked food for TASK and HomeFront. We are learning about how to love and save water, and have talked about the work that PennPres supports with Living Waters of the World. We recently worked on ways to teach people to save water at home and at school. We also love exploring nature, singing songs, making cards, learning First Aid, and selling cookies.

The mission of Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Cub Scouts do activities such as: a pancake breakfast, pinewood derbies, rocket launches, ice skating, and banquets. Boy Scouts develop a wide variety of skills through merit badges, camping, hiking, cycling, participating in jamborees, attending summer camp, selling popcorn while advancing in rank towards Eagle and developing leadership skills. The Venturers are co-ed teens and almost entirely youth-led, with gentle adult support. Crew 44 has done camping in winter and summer, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing. All Scouts perform community service projects at their ability level.

All the scouts and their leaders are grateful for the space and support from Pennington Presbyterian Church.