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

For students in grade 8: 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.

Life Nights focus on Catechesis, specific issues, and building community. The Core Team for Life Teen consists of adult Parishioners, all who have the required clearances for Youth Programs.

The title of our Aftershock night on April 27, is “Created Women.” The goal of this Edge Night is for middle school girls to learn more about what it means to be a woman and the importance of sisterhood. 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.

Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459

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.

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

Ed Dilg
570.784.080

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.

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.

Contact

Scott Blake
570.912.2607

Daisies K – 1st

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

Don’t we all wish we could look at the world through a Daisy Girl Scout’s eyes? Everything they do—from planting a garden to putting on a skit to proudly adding that first petal to their vest—sparkles with that “first time ever” newness!

Along the way, they’ll use their Daisy exuberance to help others—and they’ll never forget how that feels. Every Daisy meeting is an adventure filled with giggles, energy, and excitement. As a Daisy, she might.

Contact

Regina Wolfe
e4moore@aol.com

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.

Alleluia! He Is Risen!!! Next week is # 4 in the Holiness series: “Eight Keys to Holiness.” Chapter three of Gaudete et Exsultate focuses on the Beatitudes, which Pope Francis refers to as a Christian’s identity card. The Beatitudes are a simple explanation — given to us by Jesus — of how to live a life geared toward holiness. They challenge us to make decisions that purify our hearts and teach us to love God above all things. In order to be a true disciple of Christ, we have to be more than a “nice” person. We have to live out the Beatitudes. Come and find out some ways to live out the Beatitudes at 6:00 p.m. next Sunday in our Life Teen room. Enter in the back by the school playground. 

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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019

This summer’s VBS, “Roar!!  Life is Wild – God is Good!” is scheduled for July 15 – 19 from 9 to noon.
 
Pre-school program is for 3 and 4 year olds
Looking for someone to help our current Pre-School station leader.
 
The Elementary program is for K through 6th grade. 
Always in need of Crew Leaders – Moms or Dads or friends who travel with a group of 5 or 6 children for the week, leading and interacting with them in each station of VBS. 
 
If you are interest in being a Crew Leader, a pre-school helper or volunteering in any way, please contact Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459. Volunteer clearances are needed for all positions.
 
It is easy to apply for clearances. Just go to our Diocesan web site.
www.hbgdiocese.org/safeyouth/background-certificates-and-youth-protection-requirements/
 
Anyone in Grade 7 through Grade 12 can be a student volunteer. No clearances or special forms are necessary. Simply show up in the cafeteria on July 15 at 8:30 am and see Karen Konkolics about where you would like to help.
  
Check the bulletin for more details as summer approaches. Looking forward to all of you joining us.
 

Contact

Karen Konkolics
570.441.3459

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.

SCHOOL PANERA BREAD FUNDRAISER: On Wednesday, April 24, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., please join us at Panera Bread in Bloomsburg. A percentage of sales will be donated back to St. Columba School. Flyers are back by the sacristy. These flyers must be presented for the school to receive credit. Please contact the school at 570-784-5932 for further information. 

Contact

Principal, Robert Marande
570.784.5932