Dear Young Men and Women:

    You represent the leaders for tomorrow.  God has blessed you by being citizens of the United States of America and by being members of its Scouting and Campfire organizations.  Profound gratitude to God should be ever on your lips for such a privilege.

    The Scouts and campfire organizations are traditions of moral courage and beacons of strength and virtue in a world we see increasingly wrought by conflict and fear.  In the future, the people of America will look to you for moral and spiritual leadership in responding to the critical issues that we face today.  May God steel you with fortitude and train your hearts in compassionate perseverance.

    I exhort you to be ever diligent in your pursuit of excellence in behavior and conscience.  Model for your peers obedience to the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus Christ.  Hold fast to the teachings from your parents, guardians, and your Scouting and Campfire leaders.  Be faithful to your responsibilities and endeavors, cultivating a deep prayer life and attending Mass every Sunday and Holy Day.  Recognize that our freedom of religious worship and practice as Catholic Christians can never be taken for granted.  Learn the lessons of forgiveness and love and never harbor bitterness.  We need you to exercise your intelligence and education for the betterment of the world, for social justice, and relieving pain and sorrow.

    As always, I ask for your prayers, for me and all the priests.  Pray that all of us may be one in the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                                                                                                  Sincerely yours in Christ,

                                                                                                                   Most Reverend Edward J Slattery
                                                                                                                   Bishop of Tulsa