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Annual Scout Camporee Registration Underway

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Registration is open for the 2013 Diocese of Raleigh Catholic Camporee. The event, which takes place March 15-17, 2013, is for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls and Venture Crew. For the first time in its decades-long history, Camporee will be held at Camp Mary Atkinson in Selma.

This year’s theme, “Witnesses of Faith,” is designed to celebrate the Year of Faith and teach campers about faith heroes such as St. George, patron saint of Boy Scouts, and St. Agnes, patron saint of Girl Scouts. Matt Peretin, a St. Thomas More parishioner and former Catechist and Scout leader, is the featured speaker.

Camporee is a combination of retreat, scouting and service experiences. “We try to have a mix of activities,” said Fr. Scott McCue, Diocesan Scout Chaplain. “There are unique things we think will be exciting … an Alpine climbing tower … archery.”

Fr. McCue will celebrate Mass for campers on Saturday afternoon. A living rosary is scheduled for that evening. Campers and their adult leaders have an opportunity to participate in a “Soup or Super” drive, where they donate either two cans of soup or a super-size package of disposable diapers to Catholic Parish Outreach.

“The 12th point of the Boy Scout Law says that a Scout is reverent, so reverence and duty to God and country has always been part of the mission … an event like this is a way for Catholic Scouts to celebrate their common Catholic faith,” said Fr. McCue, who added that scouts of other faiths are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Tia DeMaria, co-director, at (919) 387-8601 or tiademaria@gmail.com. To register, visit the Diocese of Raleigh's Catholic Scouting web page.