‘On My Honor’ • Catholic Boy Scouts proclaim their oath during the March 29 awards ceremony in Epiphany Church. About 33 boys and their adult leaders attended the annual ceremony in the Brick church.  Jeff Metzner photos
‘On My Honor’ • Catholic Boy Scouts proclaim their oath during the March 29 awards ceremony in Epiphany Church. About 33 boys and their adult leaders attended the annual ceremony in the Brick church.  Jeff Metzner photos

By Christina Leslie | Staff Writer

Catholic Boy Scouts from around the Diocese gathered in Epiphany Church, Brick, March 29 for the annual Court of Honor awards ceremony. About 35 boys and their adult Scouting leaders were presented with awards by Father Michael A. Santangelo, diocesan Scouting chaplain and pastor of the Brick parish.

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The ceremony, traditionally slated for early March in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, had been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The religious awards program, instituted by the National Catholic Committees on Scouting over three decades ago, recognizes the efforts of Scouts ages six and up who incorporate their Catholic faith into their daily lives. Individual and troop projects focusing on both Church and community allow the young men to earn diocesan level and national awards.

The Catholic Boy Scout Oath proclaimed by the boys during the ceremony reflected their twin pillars of faith and service: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Boy Scout Law: to help other people at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”