BETHLEHEM — Christ Episcopal Church on the Bethlehem green invited scouts and their leaders to a special ceremony during their church service honoring scouting on Feb. 24.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts came in uniform, with their leaders and flags. Troop 59 and Pack 459 from Bethlehem were represented, as well as Pack 28 from Morris.

As a prelude to his sermon, Father Thom Peters said that he had climbed up the ranks of scouting to become an Eagle Scout. He shared a story about the antics of a fellow scout and friend, cleverly weaving the topic of forgiveness into the narrative.

Kaylee Wheeler, who served as crucifer during the religious service, is part of a new take on scouting. Adam Wheeler, her father and scoutmaster, said “She’ll be joining the all-girls version of “Boy Scouts” which has just become available as of three weeks ago for girls in grades 6-12. There are only a handful of girl troops at present with the closest option in New Hartford. She is very excited about it.”

Past Girl Scout Evelyn Maddox brought along several vintage scrapbooks to share with church members and a celebratory cake was part of the reception that followed in the church hall. Father McIntosh announced that half of the Sunday offering would be donated to the Bethlehem food bank in honor of the scouts.

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