Robert Baden-Powell founded Boy Scouts in London in 1908. American D. Boyce brought Boy Scouts to the United States on February 8, 1910. Since that time, Scouting has grown in the United States from around 2,000 Boy Scouts and leaders to millions of participants today. ZPC is delighted to have many Scout families in its congregation and to benefit from several Eagle Scout Projects. On Sunday, February 12, we celebrated Boy Scout Sunday at ZPC and recognized and honored Scouts and their commitment to God.
One of the 12 Scout Laws is “A Scout is Reverent.” Carson Castle, 11, explains what it means to be reverent. “Reverent, to me, means to be full of worship and to have full respect for everyone including your enemies.” Carson’s brother, Bryce, is an Eagle Scout. ZPC benefitted from Bryce’s Eagle Scout Project, which was building a 266-foot split rail fence that divides the upper and lower ZPC parking lots. Bryce’s project was a continuation of another Eagle Scout Project that Michael Argentine, who is now a student at Purdue, completed a few years earlier. Michael‘s project built steps that connect the parking lots, providing a safe place for people to walk from one parking lot the other.
To Eagle Scout Ryan Carr, 18, being reverent means “you have a solid
relationship with God, but you respect the beliefs of others around you as well.” Ryan’s Eagle Scout Project built a fence around the ZPC dumpster on the east side of the church to remove it from view. The fence replaced the existing trees that served as a screen. These trees died every few years and needed to be replaced frequently. Ryan’s brother Jason, 15, is also involved with Scouting. He indicates that to him being reverent means “to do what God has planned for you.”
Another part of the Scout Law reinforces Scouts’ duty to God. For 12-year-old Brady Forler this means, “that through tough things, even political crisis, you should always do your best to be connected with God.” Thomas Wallbank, also 12, states “This phrase means to me that you will help everyone at all times and be a good citizen. I will not despise someone because of what they look like.”
These Scout values that we highlighted on Sunday strengthen character in family, community, and faith. Zachary Schwarz, 14, lives this out in his daily life. Zachary says, “I try to be respectful of others and be a good neighbor. God teaches us to love one another.”
Scouting brothers, Ian Ray, 15, and Bryan Ray, 12, agree with Zachary stating “reverence and a duty to God and others should be a part of all that we do.”
In addition to these important values, Scouting also helps educate boys on saving lives, serving others, developing character, encouraging conservation, and growing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) leaders. Thomas Burgess, 17, was able to utilize these values when he completed a 12 X 16 foot storage shed for his Eagle Scout Project. The shed was for the Boys and Girls Club West and sits near the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association fields.
ZPC was proud to honor this group of young Scouts for their commitment to God and to our community.