For over 50 years, Boy Scouts of America have encouraged respective religious denominations having Scout members to develop programs of Faith achievement to underline the Twelfth Point of the Scout Law (Code of Conduct), "A Scout is Reverent."
In 1960 the newly-formed Standing Committee of Canonical Orthodox Bishops (now known as the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the USA) blessed the establishment of the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting. The EOCS asked Very Rev. Joel McEachern of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to develop an Awards Program. It is comprised of three levels:
- St George, for grades 1-3
- Chi Rho (ΧΡ), for grades 4-5
- Alpha Omega (ΑΩ), for grades 6-12
This Program is for both Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts and Campfire. Each level has a faith-based learning program and a service component. Ziv Kaputa has recently completed the requirements for the Alpha Omega Award. In addition to developing a prayer life and Scripture study, Ziv has demonstrated solid knowledge of Orthodox history, liturgics and faith customs.
His Service Project involved working with his father, along with Bob Dolan, rewiring light sockets in the nave of the church. This morning after Liturgy, Ziv was presented with his Alpha Omega Scouting Award.
Axios, Ziv, and Many Years!