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Scouts earn Religious Emblems

at 32th Annual Quest weekend


By TIM WENZL
Southwest Kansas Register

The 32th Annual Quest weekend was held on the campus of Dodge City Community College Feb. 13-15. The theme was “God – Is My Hero?” There were 13 Girl Scouts and 19 Boy Scouts and 10 adult leaders who participated in the activities.  
The scouts attending Quest 2011 used the retreat weekend to work toward the requirements for religious emblems and medals. Some youths begin work on the requirements during the Quest weekend, work on service projects and other requirements throughout the year, and complete the program the following year at Quest. The award programs cannot be completed in a weekend. Guest speakers included: John Hough, youth minister at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, who spoke on “Becoming Who You Are;” and Father Ted Stoecklein, diocesan scout chaplain and associate youth director, who spoke on “Saints – Heroes of the Faith.” Bishop John B. Brungardt celebrated the closing Mass for the Quest retreat in the Little Theatre on the DCCC campus prior to the awards ceremony.
Deidre Chaar and Zoe Lowry, both of St. Lawrence Parish, Jetmore, received the “I Live My Faith” medal. While working on this award, scouts learn to appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion hold in their daily lives. They become more aware of their potential as a growing person, a friend, family member, a citizen, and a participant in the faith community.
Rebecca Oberley and Blaise Jensen, both of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, received the “Spirit Alive” award. This program is designed to enable young women to understand that the Holy Spirit plays a big role in living out their faith daily, and that it is through the Holy Spirit that their faith comes alive in witnessing to others.
Colton Davis and Hayden Goudy, both of Christ the King Parish, Deerfield, received the “Ad Altare Dei” emblem. This program is designed to equip Boy Scouts in the seventh grade through high school to take their place in the world as maturing Catholics. The scout lives and applies the things he believes to his daily life and gains a deeper understanding of what it means to be a follower and disciple of Christ. The scout discovers that through the sacraments, he becomes a maturing disciple of Christ.
Zach Champlin of St. Dominic, Garden City; Avery Nichols of Mary Queen of Peace, Ulysses; Samuel Richetts of St. Alphonsus, Satanta; and Brendan Wenzl of the Cathedral Parish received the “Pope Pius XII” emblem. This program reflects the ideal of a youth’s growing concern with the world of God as well as the human world. It recognizes the need for Catholic lay leadership in the church and community affairs and of scouting’s potential in developing such leadership. The program helps form young adults in Christ with a desire for serious commitments to action and geared to their role as Christians.
Scouters were also recognized with adult awards at Quest. Coverage of the adult awards will appear in the March 13 issue.

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