Eastern Orthodox Scouting
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting of Greater St. Louis serves to provide spiritual enrichment and guidance to Orthodox Christian Scouts, Scout leaders, and Scout parents living in the St. Louis region. The Committee operates in affiliation with the national Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting, which was founded in 1960 and functions as a pan-Orthodox ministry under the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). The committee serves the needs of Scouts from all Orthodox jurisdictions, including Greek, Antiochian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and the Orthodox Church in America.
Mike Gertken, Chairman
Fr. Michael Arbanas, Chaplain
Zoran Lazic, District Director
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting supports Orthodox youth through an extensive Religious Award program. The program is designed around a Scout’s spiritual life. It gives the Scout a chance to work closely with Scout leaders, parents, and their parish priest to earn their award. The learning and unique bonds formed during this process helps to form a solid spiritual foundation that will last for the rest of their lives.
|St. George Award||Boys grades 1-3|
|Chi-Rho Award||Boys grades 4-5|
|Alpha Omega||Boys grades 6-12|
|Prophet Elias Award||Adult Recognition Award|
How do I earn a religious award?
- You or your Scout leader orders the award booklet from P.R.A.Y. Publishing by calling (314) 845-3318 or by visiting www.praypub.org. The EOCS-St. Louis can provide these books at a nominal cost.
- Work on the booklet during various Scouting activities and under the guidance of your parish priest.
- When completed, the priest signs the form in the booklet and it must be returned to P.R.A.Y. for the medal & certificate. There is a modest fee for the medal.
How is the award presented?
It is recommended that the award be presented twice, once at the unit level and also at the conclusion of a Sunday church service along with a Scout leader to emphasize that Scouting is a valued part of Orthodox Youth Ministry.
The national Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting has a scholarship program for deserving Scouts and is issued yearly to two Scouts. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund or apply for the scholarship, go to eocs.org.