Dear Catholic Scouters,
We are in the Advent Season and Christmas is around the corner. The year 2013 was a memorable year with the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve in Mount Hope West Virginia, the Saint George Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Scouting in the Catholic Church course at the Philmont Training Center. This last May was the year that the Boy Scouts of America had its annual meeting in Grapevine Texas where the voting membership revised its youth membership standards. This action led the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® to create a Frequently Asked Questions paper to address concerns from Scouters from around the country. It was a busy and challenging year. May God bless you for your support and all of us in our efforts to bring Scouting to all Catholic youth. Here is to an adventurous 2014!
Best wishes for a Merry and Blessed Christmas,
National Chaplain (2013-2016)
Father Michael Hanifin