International Peace Light Coming to the Juniata Valley Council
Boy Scout Troop 113, in Bayport Minnesota, is planning a rather amazing project this holiday season. Scouts are taking part in an International Scouting program to distribute what is called the Peace Light that originates from the grotto manger where Jesus was born in Bethlehem to the rest of the world.
The Peace Light is something the Transatlantic Council in Europe started several years ago. They transport the flame from Bethlehem to Vienna Austria where it is distributed throughout Europe. A few years ago, the Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens, & International Committee, GNYC BSA & Units of the Transatlantic Council BSA, found a way to bring the Peace Light flame from Vienna to New York City.
This last summer some of the Troop 113 Scouts attended the International Scout Jamboree in Iceland were they met a few people from Europe who are involved in the Peace Light program. Since then, they have been planning to be a part of the flame distribution between NYC and Saint Paul Minnesota.
The Peace Light flame is scheduled to arrive at JFK in NYC on December 10, 2008. Roger Knuteson and another Scout Leader Joe Reding from Troop 113 are driving to NYC to meet the flame. On the way back they are planning to stop at the Boy Scout Councils in Reedsville, PA; Toledo, OH; Chicago, IL; Madison, WI and finally Saint Paul MN so they too can distribute the Peace Light flame to other Scouting Units (Boy Scout & Girl Scout), churches, community organizations and indiciduals.
On December 11, 2008 the Peace Light flame will be shared with the Juniata Valley Council from 8:00am to 9:00 am at the Juniata Valley Council, BSA Service Center Everyone is welcome to come to the Service Center where the flame will be shared and distributed. Those wishing to take the Peace Light flame will need a vessel is to transport it.
Visit the Official Peace Light Website