BRUSSELS -- Feb. 4 marked the 2018 Boy Scouts of America Scout Sunday, a kickoff event to celebrate 108 years of Scouting in America. Traditionally, this observance is held on the first Sunday prior to Feb. 8, a day that is meant to mark the founding of the scouting movement in the United States.

Services like this were conducted by the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts located around the globe. They offered an opportunity for their congregations to honor scouts and their leaders. In addition, the event highlighted the scouting movement and the value of scouting as a youth program.

Dozens of local scouts and their families from Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 457 gathered at the Community Chapel on U.S. Army Garrison Benelux in Brussels to observe the milestone event and Communion Sunday service under the guidance of former Boy Scout, Chaplain Rickey Brunson, and leadership of Elijah Morris, the troop chaplain's aide and first class scout.

Brunson's message of selfless service and sacrifice was purposefully tied to the spirit of the Scout Oath and the 12 tenants of the Scout Law. His powerful message was conveyed through the heroic story of the four chaplains who gave their lives to save fellow service members when their transport ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat. The story spoke about the importance of helping other people at all times by putting others' needs before self.

In his sermon, Brunson acknowledged that as a Boy Scout, the Scout Oath was instrumental in his personal decision to become a chaplain and in his commitment to God and service to others.

"Events like this are meant to cause our Scouts and Scouters to reaffirm their commitment to the Scout Oath" said Jerry Beck, the Cub Scout Pack 457 committee chairperson. "I am so thankful for our local community and their continued efforts to support scouting at events like this."

The crowning event marking the 108th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America will be the annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the 3 Star Recreation Center in Brussels. For more information about the local scouting program or attending this event, please email event organizers at cubscoutpack457brussels@gmail.com.