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Jun 10, 2017
2017 Scout Retreat at Auriesville Shrine
Jun 10, 2017
2017 "Duty to God" Scout Retreat

2017 "Duty to God" (Auriesville) Retreat

Dear Scout Leader,
I would like to invite your unit to join the Catholic Committee on Scouting for our annual
Auriesville Retreat to be held at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville NY on
Saturday June 10, 2017. The Theme for the year is “Duty to God”. We will have several people giving
personal reflections and leading the youth in activities throughout the day.
The retreat is in the spring this year due to scout leaders telling our committee that a weekend in
September is hard as a lot of units are just starting back up for the new year. We also switched to a one
day format to try to make the weekend easier for units that may not have the interest or equipment to
camp out. There is still the option to camp if you would like but it is not required.
This year we will be opening the retreat to Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, American
Heritage Girls as well as Youth Ministry programs from the Catholic Churches around the diocese. The
schedule can be found below but the plan is to break youth into age brackets and have them rotate
between three sessions. We have a Priest, a religious sister and several committee members that will be
giving 15-20 minute talks on their own duty to God. They will then lead youth through various
experiences with the story of the Martyrs killed on the site, or Stations of the Cross, or possibly some
Native American lore. The culmination of the day will be Mass with Bishop Scharfenberger and the
presentation of the religious emblems earned by the Catholic youth around the diocese.
The Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Albany Diocese will be providing Hamburgers and
Hotdogs for dinner Saturday night but the rest of the meals for your group will be left up to the unit to
provide.
The cost of the day is $7/person to cover the cost of the patch and ribbons for the unit.
We are excited to be trying this new format, and will work each year to improve on it. Like any new
adventure, I expect there will be some bugs to work out over the course of the retreat. We would
appreciate any feedback or assistance you can give over the course of the day/weekend.
To register please go to: http://www.rcda.org/Offices/Scouting/events.html and click on Register Online
about half way down the page. Also to stay up to date on what the Catholic Committee of Scouting is
doing please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RCDAScouting/.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at peter.derway@rcda.org or call text me at
518-791-8095. I hope to see you at our retreat.
Peter Derway
Chairperson
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

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