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Catholic Retreat, OA Fellowship, and Leader's Outdoor Training Combine For A Great Weekend 

Jon Moran


Ockanickon Scout Reservation, the Crown Jewel of Bucks County Council, hosted three separate Scouting events, this past weekend. And despite a dewy Friday evening, each was a gem, in its own right.

Outdoor Leadership Skills Training introduced a healthy contingent of Pennsbury District adult volunteers, and others, to the skills they will use to moderate a safe and exciting outdoor program for the youths who they selflessly serve. Bucks County Council Training Coordinator Gail Hill and her stellar staff showed the trainees the Boy Scout way to keep a clean and safe camp and introduced them to cooking, pioneering, orienteering and entertaining skills, as well. Boy Scouts is a boy led program, but with what they learned this weekend, these adult volunteers will be able to assure their Troops that they are being led in the right direction.

The Bucks County Council Catholic Committee on Scouting held its Annual Fall Retreat Weekend. And, once again, Pennsbury Scouts comprised about half of the total number of participants. An excellent program helped the Scouts to think about their personal strengths and weaknesses in a relaxed and supportive environment. Priests were present for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday morning, and for Mass that evening. The program used the patrol method and encouraged the boys to work on a personal journal, both alone and with their journal partners. Kudos to Rita Casey, Ronnie Simancik, Frank Kohler, Felix Curcuru and the rest of the Committee for the time, thought and effort that went into the weekend.

Ajapeu Lodge #33 of the Order of the Arrow help its Annual Fall Fellowship Weekend. And, yet again, the Pennsbury Chapter was a force to recon with. Good food, and plenty of it - good will, in abundance - and good works, as the Lodge assisted both the Leadership Training session and the Catholic Committee - were the hallmarks of this event. The highlight was the Brotherhood Conversion, which took place on Saturday Night at the Ceremonial Site. Over 30 Brothers sealed their membership in the Order, of which at least 11 hail from the Pennsbury Chapter.  The Brotherhood candidates included Pennsbury Advancement Chairman Bob Daubert, who had been inducted as an Ordeal Member in 1971. The fact that it only took Bob 31 years to learn the song should serve as a reminder to all of the value of a LaSalle degree This massive outpouring will put the Lodge one step closer to "Honor Lodge" status, which has eluded it for some time. We salute Ajapeu Lodge Chief Dave Friel and Pennsbury Chapter Chief Dan Gross for their leadership.

All agreed, we're glad we had that extra hour.