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Local Scouts Participate in Catholic Scout Retreat Weekend

Boy Scout retreat was held in Huntington during the last weekend of October.

Group shot from the Diocesan Catholic Retreat. Credit: Courtesy of Paul Casciotta
Group shot from the Diocesan Catholic Retreat. Credit: Courtesy of Paul Casciotta

Members of local scout troops were among those attending the annual Diocesan Catholic Boy Scout Retreat at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington on the weekend of Oct. 25.

The program, whose theme was “Belong More Deeply," was attended by 110 people, including 70 Boy Scouts and Venturers — 90 of which were scouts from East Hampton and Southampton troops — staff and adult leaders. The retreat program was run by scouts, and seminarians from both the Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Archdiocese of New York.

“It was an awesome weekend. Congratulations to the Committee who put in a lot of hard work to make this retreat a success. Thank you to the priests and seminarians who joined us, it wouldn't have been the same without you!," Kim Fontaine, one of the volunteer adult scouting leaders, said.

Among the many activities were prayer opportunities, talks from the seminarians, a rope relay activity, hiking to the waterways of Lloyds Neck and a campfire complete with songs and skits, a traditional Boy Scout activity.

The Celebration of the Mass was held on Saturday evening. The Principal Celebrant was Bishop John Dunne. Concelebrants were Father Gerard Gentleman, retiring Diocesan Scouting Chaplain and Father Frank Zero, incoming Scouting Chaplain both of whom are Eagle Scouts.

Each participant received a special commemorative patch for the 2013 Catholic Scout Retreat Weekend.

Was your child at the retreat? Tell us how they enjoyed it. Leave a comment below.

susan November 09, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Did I miss something? When did the Boy Scouts become a Catholic organization? Are there not scouts of various faiths in the group?
ssharpelletti November 09, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Scouts are REVERENT. There are opportunities in scouting for scouts of all faiths to learn more about their connection to/with God. This particular event was for scouts who are Catholic.
christie nicolle November 09, 2013 at 11:55 AM
AND the boy scouts should be allowed to Not have homosexual scout leaders... isn't that what whining liberals want: freedom of choice?
lynngrace November 09, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Perhaps it was for troops from Catholic schools or parishes?
susan November 10, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Oh Christie come on. It's 2013. Have you learned nothing??? Then I'll fill you in: gays are gay, not perverted. Read the news. Most pedophiles are straight guys who pray on innocent kids. Shame on you
christie nicolle November 10, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Wrong...data shows most pedophiles are homosexual...meaning, Catholic priests are 99% male on male. It's only political correctness that bans the truth that it's a mental disorder.
highhatsize November 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM
to christie nicolle: Your ignorance never ceases to astound . Do you EVER do the slightest research before you post?------------------------------------------------------ In reality, the incidence of heterosexual pedophiles to homosexual pedophiles is calculated to be 11 to 1.* *http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1556756
christie nicolle November 11, 2013 at 07:21 PM
more LIES from another whining leftist...it Is 99% male on male pedophilia -- a.k.a. part of the homo club... like your darling homo president. Now please go back in your closet... the world was a cleaner place then.
highhatsize November 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM
to christie nicolle: NOW I understand. Good luck.

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