St. Paul’s Episcopal Church celebrated Scout Sunday on February 2. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts took part in every aspect of the service, and senior Girl Scout Joleen Ricci delivered the sermon. In it, Ricci spoke of her 13-year experience as a Girl Scout, beginning as a 5-year-old Daisy.
The foundation for Ricci’s remarks was the Girl Scout Law: I will do my best, to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Among other examples, Ricci shared the impact that each part of the Law has had on her life. Scouting has offered Ricci a safe place for being honest and fair with herself and others. Selling cookies taught, among other things, that the kindness of a friendly hello often makes the day for a harried commuter passing a sales table in a subway station. Moving outside her comfort zone taught that most of the time, Ricci ended up having a lot of fun.
In conclusion, Ricci reflected on her 13-year scouting career, realizing that the delights and challenges have enriched her life. ” Scouting is a wonderful thing, and I strongly encourage all of you younger scouts to stick with it and to take advantage of the opportunities that it provides,” she said, “Amen.”
St. Paul’s Scouts include
- Girl Scouts: Madelyn Anderson-LaPorte, Calista Barber, Taylor Hallett, Alyce Judge, Keira Pandya, and Joleen Ricci,
- Boy Scouts: Parker Anderson-LaPorte, Alex Brough, John Mitchell, Quinn Ricci, and Nicholas Terry
- Cub Scouts: Noah Anderson-LaPorte, Owen Brough, Nathan Jeffrey, and Samuel McDonald.
The community also thanked all of the congregation’s adult Scout leaders for volunteering their time to sustain and develop Scouting in Bedford and surrounding towns.
In a separate part of the service, Caroline Holt Larson, a longtime member of St. Paul’s and a lifelong mentor for Girl Scouting, received the St. George Episcopal award for her service to the Church and scouting.