At Saint John Vianney Parish and School, we have a rich tradition in Scouting. Scouting programs for boys and girls were founded for the parish in 1961. The Scout programs are open to parish and community members. Youth do not have to be Catholic to join the parish Scouting program, nor do they need to be members of Saint John Vianney.
When the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910, Americans were driving Stanley Steamer automobiles, earning an average of $750 a year, and paying little more than 30 cents for a gallon of milk. The national debt was a mere billion dollars.
While all of these things seem out of place today, Scouting remains a vital organization with a mission and purpose that is more relevant today than ever before. In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America celebrated its centennial anniversary milestone with a rallying call that was heard across the nation. In 2012, the Girl Scouts of America will have their celebration.
Having served more than 100 million members since its founding, the Scouting has made a lasting and positive imprint on the fabric of the nation. Its mission—“to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law” — enables Scouting to address many issues that are important to young people and families, including health, civility, education, leadership, diversity and service to others.
Scout Sunday at SJV
Saint John Vianney has a rich history in the Scouting tradition. The first Sunday of February commemorates the anniversary of Scouting in America.
Girl Scouts is for girls in kindergarten through high school. Each Troop operates at the grade level. Parent volunteers lead the girls through activities. There are many levels of Girl Scouting.
- Girl Scout Daisies (Grades K–1)
- Girl Scout Brownies (Grades 2–3)
- Girl Scout Juniors (Grades 4–5)
- Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6–9)
Cub Scouts is for boys in grades 1–5. Each Den operates at the grade level. Parent volunteers stay with their den as they progress through the years.
- Tiger Cub Scouts (Grade 1)
- Wolf Scouts (Grade 2)
- Bear Scouts (Grade 3)
- Webelos I and II Scouts (Grades 4 & 5)
Boy Scouts is for boys in fifth grade and beyond. The boys join a Troop and within the age / grade level Patrol, work together to advance individually through the ranks hopefully obtaining the highest award, Eagle Scout. Saint John Vianney Troop 71 is proud to recognize over 177 boys who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout since 1961.