Local scouts sought for opportunity to attend St. George Trek 

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The St. George Trek is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s high adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. This Youth Ministry program brings high school-age Catholic youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for 11 days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.

The Fall River Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting is conducting a search to nominate two Boy Scout or Venture Crew members for participation in this biennial trek. Because the program can only accommodate 70 youth, just two participants will be accepted from any one diocese. Selection is made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential, an interest in the life of the Church and openness to the discernment of a vocation. The earning of Scouting’s Religious Emblems as well as a meaningful involvement in Church, school and scouting activities is also examined. The final decision for inclusion is made by the National Catholic Committee based upon a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2019 St. George Trek begins on July 3 in Albuquerque, N.M., where participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. They then travel to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike and camp the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking they will experience a program designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, Spirituality, faith, Scripture and vocations in their lives as young Catholic men and women.

Before returning home on July 18, the Scouts will be asked to commit their own continued discernment, as well as to pledge to bring their trek experiences home to the Fall River Diocese so they will become effective, contributing peer leaders and role models for their fellow Scouts and their parish family and willing to commit to assisting the Fall River Catholic Committee.

Candidates must be emotionally mature high school-age adolescents who must be at least 15 years of age but no older than 18 on or before July 1, 2019. They must also have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont. No exceptions can be made to these requirements. A female crew is planned pending sufficient female registration.

The St. George Trek is a one-time only experience for youth and previous St. George Trek participants are not eligible. Scouts and Venturers submitting a Letter of Interest will be interviewed by the Fall River Catholic Committee to determine suitability. 

Most importantly, the Fall River Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting will provide airfare as well as trek fees for the selected Scouts or Venture Crew members.

Letters of Intent forms may be requested by emailing Michael@FallRiverScouting.org or by calling 508-998-1218.

Letters must be received no later than Aug. 3, 2018. You may request a fillable PDF or paper form.

Additional information about the 2019 St. George Trek is available on the NCCS website at http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/st-george-trek.

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