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Pack 125
BSA Cub Scout Pack 125: 7 to 12 year old boys

Pack 125 meets on the third Thursday of every month in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter's United Methodist Church from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM. The dens of scouts meet together the other three or four weeks of each month and occasionally take community trips or organize den camp outs.

The pack is a very active pack that usually schedules at least four family camp outs, and the annual pinewood derby competition, in addition to participating in the Everglades District and Gulf Stream Council organized activities each year. .
www.pack125.com


Cub master:
Assistant Cub master: Cubmaster@pack125.com

Troop 125
BSA Troop 125: 11 to 18 year old boys

Troop 125 meets every Tuesday night in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter's United Methodist Church from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM.

Troop 125 is also a very active group. Unlike the Cub Scout Pack, the boys are the leaders of the Troop. The volunteer adults are there only for support. The boys are usually on the go hiking and camping two or three weekends every month.

Link for Website:

www.troop125.net


Scoutmaster: scoutmaster@125.com



The approximately 150 youth who are members of Pack , Troop and Crew 125 are extremely grateful to the St. Peter's United Methodist Men's Fellowship for chartering us. Nationwide, groups associated with the United Methodist Church sponsor more youth in the Boy Scouts of America than any other organization. In 2001 and 2001 United Methodist Churches the number of youths involved were more than 415, 000.

History

The Scouting movement predates scouting in America. There was Scouting in America before there was a "Boy Scouts of America:' Many religious groups were using the Scouting program as a part of their ministry to the youth and families in their neighborhoods. Scouting developed as a movement and became a part of many religious groups' youth ministry.

Today, many churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples and their leaders, with other community organizations, use the Boy Scouts of America program. The BSA exists to give unity to the program and to provide support services for groups desiring to use the program.

During the first 6 years (1910-16), the Scouting movement became so popular throughout America that the Congress of the United States recognized Scouting potential as an educational resource for religious organizations and other groups interested in a positive program for youth. In 1916, Congress, representing the people of the United States, granted a charter to the Boy Scouts of America to make the program available through community organizations.

"The principles of Scouting, or values it stands for, are normally summarized in three categories:

"Duty to God" a person's relationship with the spiritual values of life, the fundamental belief in a force above mankind.

"Duty to others" a person's relationship with, and responsibility within, society in the broadest sense of the term: his or her family, local community, country and the world at large, as well as respect for others and for the natural world.

"Duty to self" a person's responsibility to develop his or her own potential, to the best of that person's ability. What is important to underline here is the exact function of the principles, or values, within Scouting.

At the level of the Movement as a whole, they represent Scouting's vision of society, the ideals it stands for and the image it projects. For anyone joining the Movement, the principles represent those elements which each individual must be open to accept and must be willing to do his or her best to follow. This initial acceptance does not, and certainly cannot in the case of young people, imply in any way an understanding of the full significance of these values; this can only be acquired through membership of the Movement over a period of time. By contrast, a rejection by an individual of these principles disqualifies him or her from membership of the Movement, which is open to all provided they agree with its purpose, principles and method.

Once a young person has expressed his or her initial acceptance of these principles, through making the promise, the whole educational process within Scouting consists in enabling the young person to gradually understand these values, adhere to them and make them his or her own so that they permeate the person's behavior throughout life. In the Founder's words "Self-education, that is, what a boy learns for himself, is what is going to stick by him and guide him later on in life, far more than anything that is imposed upon him through instruction by a teacher". In return, the Scout Movement requires a commitment from the individual member a commitment, first and foremost, to respect and act according to the fundamental principles of the Movement: duty to God, duty to others and duty to self. This commitment is made through making the Scout promise, which is the public expression of the willingness to do one's best to adhere to a code of living based on these ideals.

This voluntary commitment to the Scout Movement extends also to achieving the educational purpose of Scouting. This applies to youth members, insofar as their own personal development is concerned; indeed the voluntary commitment is an essential component of Scouting's educational process, influencing motivation and personal attitude, being in control of one's own personal development, setting personal objectives, self-drive, etc.

Adults in the Movement must also be committed to Scouting's purpose, principles and method, as their role is to help youth members, directly or indirectly, to achieve their full potentials. This leads to a strong sense of shared responsibility and partner-ship among all members of the Movement: youth and adult, volunteer and professional.

Also implicit in the fact that becoming a member of the Scout Movement is a voluntary act is the recognition that what the Movement offers to young people its educational proposal is not suited to everyone. Thus, not all young people are potential members of the Scout Movement; there are those who, for whatever reason, will never be attracted to it or find it possible to adhere to its fundamental principles. What is critical, however, is that the Scout Movement offers the possibility to join, to all those who wish to, and does not construct barriers to membership that are based on factors other than the fundamentals of the Movement.

It is important to note that what protects the Movement when it is threatened by outside forces is the fact that its nature and specific identity are internationally defined and agreed upon by all Scout associations. For example, challenges to the Movement's fundamental principles in any particular country can be defended on the basis of conditions of membership of the World Movement.

From: "The Essential Characteristics of Scouting", World Scout Bureau, 1998.

"Scouting in Practice: Ideas for Scout Leaders", World Scout Bureau, 1996 (revised 1997).

"Scouting: An Educational System", World Scout Bureau, 1998.


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