Youth Organizations and Activities

Point yourself in the right direction now; when you are older, you won’t be lost

Joining a group will give you a sense of belonging. When you feel “at home” and “safe” at youth ministries, you are most likely to stay actively involved.Our youth activities and organizations are filled with meaningful teaching, discussion, worship, and relationships, everything that will keep you coming back.
Our groups will give you the opportunity to develop your skills through service or leadership projects with others of your own age.
If you are in grades 2 to 12, Saint Columba Parish has many ways for you to become involved. All activities are supervised by adults with state and federal clearances and each one meets in a Parish facility.
Take a look at the list below and see where your talents lead you. Get in touch with the organization’s contact person and be part of our Parish.

Aftershock

Aftershock is open to 7th and 8th graders. We meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Life Teen room upstairs in the St. Columba Parish Center.  Enter through the doors in the back by the school’s playground. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the mission of our ministry is to empower young people to develop a personal relationship with Jesus to they can live as disciples of Christ. Ours is an interactive program that uses technology and media in a manner that matches the skills and interests of our youth membership.

Our next Aftershock is Saturday, November 30. The night is called Museum” and is the third in a 6-part series called “The Artist.” You don’t have to be present at each of the nights. They are not hinged on each other. The goal of “Museum” is to show how the scientific realities of the created world bring us to the intellectual conclusion that God exists and creates with purpose and a plan. Food, faith, fellowship. Join us!

If you would like more information about our Edge and Life Teen youth ministries, feel free to contact Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459 or kekonkolics@gmail.com

If you would like to help with snack donations, it is best to donate snacks that are individually wrapped so that they are always fresh, or soda, water, or freshly baked items. Gift cards for Giant, Weis, or Walmart are always appreciated. Please drop or mail your donation to the Parish office or contact Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459. Thank you so very much!   

Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459
kekonkolics@gmail.com

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America (the BSA) is one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States of America and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers.

Scouts BSA are also inviting boys in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to join Troop 24. The troop meets every Tuesday evening as well from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the School Cafeteria. For more information, you may contact Ed Dilg at 570-204-2994, April Carl at 570-336-4281, or Rose Marie Rhoads at 570-854-1756. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you!

The BSA was founded in 1910, and since then, more than 110 million Americans have been participants in BSA programs at some time. The BSA is part of the international Scout Movement and became a founding member organization of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922.

The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.

Contact

Rose Marie Rhoads
570.854.1756

Ed Dilg
570.204.2994

April Carl
570.336.4281

Brownies

For girls in grades 2 – 3: Girl Scouts in the Brownie® program are ready to take on the world, and Girl Scouts lets them do just that! They want to learn new things and show off what they know. They want to explore the world and meet new people. And they want to do big things that make them feel great!

At Girl Scouts, she’ll take that first hike in the great outdoors, visit a science museum, and band together as a mighty Brownie team to sell cookies (and use some of the money to help others). Life is good when you’re a Brownie!

Contact

Carol Moore
e4moore@aol.com

Cadette Scouts

We meet on Mondays from 6-7:30 pm, upstairs in the Parish Center.

For girls in grades 6 – 8: Making true-blue friends, saving the planet, standing up against stereotypes, using their team power for the greater good—that’s what being a Girl Scout Cadette is all about.

Cadettes blaze new trails in the wilderness, write and direct their own movies, take the stage for public speaking, make delicious meals from around the world, and pick up tools to do some woodworking. Their curiosity and imagination lead the way as they try all kinds of new experiences.

Contact

Lori Traupman
e4moore@aol.com

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouting develops confident, faithful, moral, responsible, honest boys in our community. Our ministry began in the late 1980s to encourage boys 6-12 to do their best in fun activities with the purpose of developing positive characteristics and values.

SCOUTS BSA is inviting all elementary boys and girls to join the Scouts BSA at the St. Columba Church Pack 24. The Pack Meetings are held every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Church Cafeteria. All interested parties may contact the Columbia Montour BSA at 570-784-2700, April Carl at 570-336-4281, or Rose Marie Rhoads at 570-854-1756. We are looking forward to meeting you – bring a friend! We have a great time with outdoor activities and many more events.

We are affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and volunteers must have clearances.

We sponsor an annual popcorn and peanut sale, collect food for the food bank and clean up litter in our church as at Camp Lavigne.

Contact

Bill Harding, Lori Harding
570.336.0319

CYO Basketball

CYO basketball is a winter-long competitive basketball experience. We provide Biddy Basketball for Kindergarten through second graders in an instructional setting that begins in late February.
We also offer a third through sixth-grade basketball traveling program that is officially sanctioned by the Diocese but this option is for Parish participants only.
We do not require a registration fee to play CYO basketball but instead hold a month-long fundraiser in which players sell tickets.



Registration for Saint Columba CYO Basketball has begun. To be eligible to participate in the program, interested boys and girls from third through sixth grade must attend Saint Columba School or be a parishioner of Saint Columba Church and actively participate in the parish CYE program. Registration forms are available at both the school and parish offices. Inquiries can be directed to Scott Blake by e-mail at ssblakefamily6@gmail.com, or by calling 570-912-2607. Completed registrations can be returned to Saint Columba School or Parish Office. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Contact

Scott Blake
570.912.2607

Girl Scouts / Senior & Ambassador Level

Tuesdays in the cafeteria from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

For girls in grades 9 – 12 – Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who will make this world a better place. Girl Scouting is designed to build leaders from every girl through empowerment.

Each meeting is designed to allow girls to “discover, connect, and take action.”

Membership is open to all girls, regardless of nationality or religious affiliations. We sponsor monthly service projects and hold two national fundraisers including a Spring sale of Girl Scout Cookies.

Contact

Carol Moore
e4moore@aol.com

Jr. Girl Scouts

We meet on Mondays from 6-7:30 pm, upstairs in the Parish Center.

For girls in grades 4 – 5: Want to meet a real-life superhero? Just talk to a Girl Scout Junior who wakes up every day ready to play a new role.

Juniors are explorers when they go camping for the first time. They’re CEOs when they market and sell cookies. They’re scientists when they perform energy audits and go on nature walks. And they’re product designers and writers when they earn their Innovation and Storytelling badges. Not to mention change-makers, big-idea thinkers, and future leaders. Superheroes, indeed!

Contact

Carol Moore
e4moore@aol.com

LifeTeen

For students in grades 9 – 12: Life Teen strengthens our teens’ Catholic identity while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church. Life Teen is open to all high schoolers! We meet from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the LifeTeen room in the St. Columba parish center. Enter through the library in the rear by the school playground.

NO LIFE TEEN TONIGHT! (November 17) Next week, we will present the second in a 6 part series on Evangelization. The night is called “Own It.” We will talk about what makes a person authentic. Discussions, food, and a fun game. Hope to see you all there!

DONATIONS APPRECIATED If you would like to help with snack donations, we could use snacks of any kind. It is best to donate snacks that are individually wrapped so that they are always fresh. Soda and water is something we use every week. The teens also LOVE freshly baked items. We also make great use of gift cards: Giant, Weis, or Walmart. Life Teen provides pizza and snacks for the teens every week, so if you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. It is best to drop or mail your donation to the Church office. Or you can contact Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459 to make other arrangements. Thank you so very much.


Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a ministry outreach our church provides to educate children about God.

Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459

https://vbspro.events/p/events/www-saintcolumbachurch-org

Saint Columba School

St. Columba School welcomes every child of any faith background to its morally and spiritually rich environment which features exemplary academics, solid faith formation, leadership privileges, and community outreach opportunities. We have earned a fine reputation for inspiring our students to reach their potential and achieve personal success.

Motivated by consistently superior achievements, St. Columba School will continue to prepare students for the 21st century by offering an integrated approach that brings together mind and body, matter and spirit, knowledge and reason, science and religion.

Our goal of total student development implies that we will provide academic, spiritual, and physical development at high ethical and moral standards in all areas to all students. We are the transformers of lives while St. Columba School is the mecca of inspiration and innovation.

ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL wishes to thank the entire St. Columba Community for its support of the school’s fundraisers. The last large fundraiser for this school year will be the Race for Education and again the school hopes everyone will support the Race for Education. The following are the fundraisers and the profit from them: Fall Mums – $740; Yankee Candle – $561; Apple Dumplings – $910; TV Raffle – $1,915; Winterfest – $9,626; Magazine/Cookie Dough – $1,280; Greenery – $372; Gala – $11,147; Annual Gift $23,940; Leprechaun 5K $6,829; Capriotti’s – $556; Discount Cards – $1,000; Raise the Region – $2,439;Giant A+ Reward Cards – $3,009 – Total $64,970.

Following the annual St. Columba School graduation Mass, 8th Grade teacher Miss McKenna shakes graduate Alina Shannon’s hand before presenting her with a medallion to commemorate her academic accomplishment. Monsignor Lawrence and school principal Dr. Robert Marande also participated in the ceremonies.

Contact

Principal, Dr. Robert Marande
570.784.5932

8th Grade homeroom and Middle School math teacher Miss McKenna shared her reflections about the 2019 graduating class from St. Columba School at the June 12 program. Other speakers included school principal Dr. Robert Marande, and Student Council officers John Guerriero, Alina Shannon, and Reed Keck.