Boy Scouts of America hold memorial service

On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Boy Scouts of America held a memorial service for recently deceased Boy Scout leaders. Organized by Mr. Bob Billick, the memorial service was enjoyed by a crowd of 73 visitors at the Camp Mountain Run Outdoor Chapel area, a lakeside arena dedicated to those scouts and scout leaders who have died. Those in attendance included parents and loved ones from St. Marys, Johnsonburg, Ridgway, Dubois, Falls Creek and other communities in the area. Troop 83 of Johnsonburg and the Order of the Arrow opened the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath, and the Cub Scout Promise. Pastor Craig Duffield performed the invocation. The names of deceased scouterswere read in a solemn tone and a candle was lit for each one. Pastor Craig Duffield and Covenant Minister David Woods led worship. David Woods, former member of Troop 93 of Ridgway, shared how the Boy Scout leadership molded and directed his life. Woods then shared his testimony of his life-changing relationship with Christ. Reverend Harold Hills gave the benediction after bringing attention to the gatherings around the United States in memory of the 9-11 attacks, and how, in memory of these great Boy Scout leaders who have passed on, we join an American cause praying unto the Lord. The motto of the ceremony was summed up in the statement: "Those whose names are engraved upon this stone represent lives lived in teaching and living the Scout Oath." Shown on top are members of Johnsonburg Troop 83 and Order of the Arrow leading the reading of the Scout Oath. Bottom left is Scouter Bob Billick welcoming guests to the Memorial Service and shown on bottom right is Pastor Duffield and David Woods leading worship.