Scouting News:

Scout Sunday 2016:

Names from back row: Keith Bradely,Tyler Sepcoski, Joshua Sepcoski, Fr. Phil,Austin Quick, Joey Babkowski
Middle row: Matt Fino, James Quick, Charlie Vermac, Alex Robbins, Brandon Collins, Dawn Phillps 
Front Row: Jason Phillips, Josh Phillps, Megan Schuster, Janice Sepcoski

Drew Hudsko of Venture Crew 2025  recently received the Pope Pius XII religious award from Bishop Bambera.  Drew is an Eagle scout and a Senior @ Lake Leman High School. He will be working at Cub Scout Summer Camp.  Other Scouts from Q.of A. who earned this award previously include: Tiffany and John Smith, Tyler Sepcoski and Chris, Mike & Blasé Twardorski .  Any Scout who is interested in the relious awards can callMr. Lazzari @570-825-2648.

The 2 boys in green on either end of the color guard are Matt and Drew from the Venture Crew.  They provided color guard service at 4 memorial day services in Avoca.

Shaun O’Malia’s eagle project was completed September 1st.  Shaun lead 33 people in an 8 hour project that repaired Dupont Borough’s Christmas lights.  Each of the 6000 L.E.D.  lights had to be cleaned, sealed and tested for this past season.  Mayor Dan Lello and the Lions club were very thankful for the effort.  Check out April 2014 on the Dupont recycling calendar.  That is a picture of the project in action.  Boy Scout Troop 316 is grateful for the church community’s support and looks forward to many more projects.  Shaun was awarded his Eagle pin on March 13th.  He will graduate from Pittston Area High School next month and plans to enlist in the armed forces.



This Parish has chartered Troop 316 Avoca since 2006

For almost 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to

  • ·         Try new things

  • ·         Provide service to others

  • ·         Build self-confidence

  • ·         Reinforce ethical standards.

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

To Be a Scout:

Scout age 12-18 call Matt Fino 905-4001

Cub age 5-11 call Tara 945-2456

Venture Co-ed age 14-21 call Janice Sepcoski 472-3253


Venture Crew 3701

Venturing Crew 3701 is an all girl crew chartered to St. Mary's R.C. Church in Avoca,  Pennsylvania.  We are part of the Two Mountains in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council.  We have been active since our beginning  June 2007. What a venturing crew does is limited only by the imagination of the youth and adult leaders and members of the crew.

The crew is open to girls who are 14 years through 21 years old. Or 13 and have graduated 8th grade. 

Advisors Phone 570-472-3253 Cell:570-527-0757



Venture Crew 2025

Venturing Crew 2025 is an all male crew chartered in Bear Creek Pennsylvania. However, we meet mostly in St. Mary's Church in Avoca, PA.  We are part of the Two Mountains District in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council. We have been active since our beginning June 2010.  What a venturing crew does is limited only by the imagination of the youth and adult leaders and members of the crew.

The crew is open to all male young adults who are 14 years through 21 years old. Or 13 and have graduated 8th grade.

Advisors Phone 570-472-3253 Cell:570-527-0757