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Londonderry Scouts hold special church service


Geyers United Methodist Church of Londonderry Twp. hosted a Scout Sunday service with Boy Scouts from Pack 97 and Troop 97.


The service was designed and conducted by Scouts from Troop 97 under the guidance of Pastor Donald Walters. 


Star Scout Christopher Kiessling welcomed the congregation to the unusual and special service.


tinyfour4 23 14Submitted photo - Members of the Order of the Arrow Sasquesahanough Lodge at the service included, from left, Troop 97 Eagle Scout Zachary Pauley; Tyler Roman, the order’s dance chief; John Farrell, the order’s dance team adviser; and Ian Parks, a traditional Native American Indian dancer.The Scouts were joined by members of the Order of the Arrow Sasquesahanough Lodge, an honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Members of the order’s drum and dance team delivered a lively children’s message, leading the kids and adults through a friendship dance that symbolized the importance of community.


John Farrell, the order’s adviser, shared the significance of religion to the Boy Scouts and Native Americans. 


The Scouts served as flag bearers, ushers and speakers, and demonstrated how  Scout Law is intertwined with the Bible through an interactive responsive reading conducted by Life Scout Matthew Pauley.


Life Scouts George Heberlig and Garrett Little delivered the morning Scriptures, while Scout Master Kevin Little discussed the importance of becoming one with God in nature during the morning’s sermon.


The Order of the Arrow performed a second time, with Tyler Roman, its dance chief, and Ian Parks, a traditional Native American performer, dancing while Eagle Scout Zach Pauley and Farrell performed on the drums.


Tyler Roman closed the service with an impressive performance of a spiritual song on a Native American flute.


 The Scouts provided refreshments during coffee fellowship as their way to say “thank you” to the Geyers congregation for being so supportive of Scouting in our community.


Upcoming events for Troop 97 include camping, touring and hiking at Penn’s Cave/Krislund Camp Ground; a Monty Python camp-out at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation; and a hiking/trail cooking trip. Pack 97 and Troop 97 are sponsored by Londonderry Fire Company.