Chaplain's Corner



On the last camp out of 2018, I challenged the attending Scouts to make 2019 a special year by observing one “special point” of the Scout Law.  Of course we are held accountable for all the law, yet I want scouts to have their “special point” to concentrate in 2019. 

The scouts learned on Saturday, that “A Scout is Kind” is my special point of the Law. I noticed some of the faces think that one point is sure easy.

It could be easy if they are nice to you. I was working with one of my therapists that was not nice to me. In fact, I personally believe she was down right mean. I told the scouts I think she ate rusty nails for breakfast. There were a few times I wanted to hide my Scout Shirt and give her a good verbal lashing. However, a scout leader must set the example by obeying all the Scout Law not just one or two points. 

I eventually had to ask a former leader to offer me assistance because I couldn’t do it myself. Sometimes we need help of other people. This retired leader did that for me. In the end I did follow that point “A Scout is Kind”, but let me tell you it wasn’t easy. On my last day the therapist and I hugged each other and said good bye. It is not always easy to follow the points of the law, but it does pay off in the long run.

Let’s make 2019 a great year by picking one point and concentrating on it. Next year when we gather around our camp out Christmas table we will all be able to share how we helped make 2019 a great year. 

Have a happy and healthy New Year.

Mr. Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Sugar Grove Boy Scout Troop 41  (December 2018)

"The Miracle Mile"

Last February 21st, while wintering in the State of Florida, I fell on a Pickle Ball court and hit my head.  I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The doctors had to open my head a remove a clot the size of your palm and 3/4 of an inch thick.  They were able to find the small vein that was leaking and cauterize it.  

The reason they could find the small vein amongst so much blood was because many people were praying for me and believing that Jesus would save me.  The doctors told my wife that I had a 3% chance of ever functioning like I used to do before my TBI.  Those doctors didn't know the healing power of Jesus.

I had my own private Learjet (air ambulance) to transport me from Florida to Chicago.  It took two hours and I was in my next hospital, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, where I spent 5 weeks rehabilitating.  After discharge from this beautiful downtown lakefront of Chicago hospital, I spent 9 weeks doing out-patient rehab, 3 days a week for 3 hours a day.  

I am so thankful for the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab both in Chicago and in Burr Ridge, IL.  However. I am really thankful and blessed by all the prayers said for me.  

Today, I still use a walking stick and a device I used in the Sugar Grove 5K race this summer called a rollator walker.  I also believe my health is back because of all the people interceding to God for me on my behalf.

God is always around us.  He was with me, surrounding me with His grace.  I was at perfect peace as His love and presence were there.  Pray for your family, Mom, Dad, brother and sister.  (Don't forget your grandparents, too.)

What does "A.S.A.P." stand for?  "Always Stop and Pray"

Mr. Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Sugar Grove Boy Scout Troop 41  (August 2018)

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab



Being an old scout leader, I enjoy reading old Boy Scouts Handbooks for boys. In the very first Scout Handbook published in 1911 (by the way this was not my Handbook that I personally used as a scout) on page 250 it states, “The Boy Scouts of America maintain that no boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God.” 

It goes on to state, “The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe, and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings is necessary to the best type of citizenship and is a wholesome thing in the education of the growing boy.” I personally believe those words hold true today, 107 years later. 

On this Scout Sunday let us gather together as brother Scouts and Scouters to worship this great God who created the universe and then created you and I in His image. We were created to pay homage to this God not only in this life but through out all eternity. 

If it be ever so possible to worship as a Troop on this Scout Sunday at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, it will be a holy gathering. However, this may not be possible for us to do, (I for one will be in Florida).  Let us attend our house of worship together in the Spirit. Let us pray on that Sunday for our Scoutmaster and all the Scouters of the Troop that God would direct Troop 41 in 2018 to give Him the glory. 

As the psalmist states, “My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge” (Ps. 62:7). The Scout oath states “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God”. Let us do our duty to this Great God as we worship together on this Scout Sunday 2018. 

~ Mr. Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Sugar Grove Troop 41           (February 2018)


The Scout Oath states, “to keep myself physically strong”.  According to the Scout Handbook, “Taking care of your body prepares you for a lifetime of great adventures.”  The Bible also encourages us that taking care of our body is a spiritual discipline like prayer, going to church, or reading and studying God’s Word.


A minister once stated that the Bible embraces three incredibly important truths about keeping physically strong. 

1.     God made your bodyPsalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

2.     Jesus paid for your body.  The Bible says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You don’t belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.”  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

3.     The Holy Spirit lives in your body.  If you’re a Christian (a follower of Jesus), the Bible says your body is God’s temple and that His Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16).  Being physically strong is one way you take care of God’s Temple.


As Scouts and Christians, we need to eat properly, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.  Taking care of your physical body is one way to honor God.  Let us worship this God who made us and loves us by keeping physically strong.


~ Mr. Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Sugar Grove Troop 41           (October 2, 2017)

The latest toy craze among young people today are fidget spinners.  A fidget spinner is a small, rotating device that was originally designed to help children cope with anxiety, ADHA and Autism.  However, now may people enjoy the sensory effects of fidget spinners.  
The most common one is the tri-spinner ranging in price from $5 to $20, available at most stores.  The more expensive ones have better bearings and overall better construction.  Users of the spinners may hold them in one hand and use the other hand to spin it or hold it in the same hand and just flick it to spin it.  Some fidget spinners have changing colors as they rotate.  
The centrifugal force, along with the visual stimulation of the rotating device can provide a calming effect on the human mind, which is something we need in a world where many people are stressed out and overstimulated by technology.
I enjoy seeing the expressions on the young folks’ faces when they see an old man playing with a fidget spinner.  I approach this object as a spiritual symbol rather than just a toy.  The tri-spinner has 3 holes representing the Holy Trinity:  one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit.  When spinning, you cannot identify one hole from another, just as you cannot identify which person of the Holy Trinity is working in your life. 
The centrifugal force is representative of God’s Spirit moving in and around a person.  The colors of the spinner represent the beauty of our God that surrounds us daily.  The spinning reminds me to pray to this great God who loves us and who is alive in this crazy world we inhabit. 
Instead of a fidget spinner, I labeled this a “CPW” or a “Christian Prayer Wheel”.  People have used tangible objects like beads to pray with in the past, such as Buddhist Prayer Beads, Catholic Rosaries, and Protestant Prayer Beads.  These are all used to help us while we communicate to an invisible God, so why not a spinner?  
So the next time you see a person with a fidget spinner and conclude they might have ADHS, remember they just might be communicating with God.  By the way, how is your personal prayer life?  A Scout is Reverent.
~ Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Troop 41   (July 10, 2017)

If I were to ask that question to scouts in Troop 41, some might answer, "It's baskets filled with chocolate bunnies", or "coloring hard boiled eggs for a floppy-eared rabbit to hide", or my favorite, "a whole lot of brightly colored Peeps".  

The Easter story really begins with a baby born in Bethlehem by the name of Jesus.  According to the Bible, this Jesus is the only one who can bridge the gap between a righteous God and a fallen human race.  He was born so that we may have a personal relationship with this Holy God.  He paid the price for your sins and my sins (Yes, Scout leaders do sin!) when He died on the cross on that first Good Friday.  Sin is anything that turns us away from God.  However, He did not remain dead.  He rose from the grave on Easter Sunday and conquered the devil and sin once and for all.  Today, we can enjoy God personally, if we ask Him to come into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

So enjoy those chocolate bunnies, the brightly colored eggs, and those wonderfully tasty Peeps.  Jesus has risen from the grave so that we may have eternal life.  

Happy Easter to the scouts and their families of Troop 41.

Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Troop 41, Sugar Grove, IL (March 2017)

This is the time of the year when we can say "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas".  Some say that to be politically correct, the former is the proper greeting.  However, let's take a closer look at what this time of year is all about anyway.

On December 25th the world remembers the birth of a Jewish baby by the name of Jesus in a small town of Bethlehem.  The baby, according to the Bible, is God's son incarnate in a human body.  Jesus entered our world not like a human, but as a human.  The Bible states He was not only a sinless man but a Messiah and Savior of man's eternal soul.  

Christmas begins what Easter celebrates.  A child born in a barn, laid in the cradle became the King of the cross.  In the darkest time of the year, He is the light of the world.  Christmas is about Jesus the Christ (Messiah or Redeemer).  This season isn't about "Santa-mas" or "shopping-mas" or "reindeer-mas", but "Christ-mas".  Christmas is more than just a holiday; it is a Holy Day.  Let's recognize the birth of the King, King of Kings by wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas" for Jesus is the reason for the season.

A very Merry Christmas to all Troop 41 Scouts and their families.

Dave Seraphin, Chaplain
Troop 41, Sugar Grove, IL  (December 2016)


How strong is the Scouting spirit in your life? What is the Scouting spirit?

It is simply the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan being lived out in our lives daily. It is what binds us together with our brother scouts and scout leaders. For a strong spirit of scouting to be established in our lives, it takes time and lots of it. An oak tree takes years to grow and mature. A mushroom doesn’t take much time at all.

When we first joined our troop, we were very enthused an excited. We thought we had a strong Scouting spirit with our new friends and our sharp uniform. Later that spirit waned and our advancement took a second place to our other activities. We became discouraged.

The Scouting spirit will remain alive and woven into our lives as we continue to attend weekly meetings and monthly campouts. We will begin to see our character take shape and become strong like a mighty oak tree by practicing the Scout Oath and Law.

Will the Scouting spirit ever reach a pinnacle in our lives? That I cannot answer since it is still growing and developing in my life after 33 years. I personally believe it is a lifestyle. Be patient with yourself as the Scouting spirit changes your life.

God takes 6 hours to make a mushroom and 60 years to make an oak tree. Do you want to be a mushroom or an oak tree? You decide.

~ Mr. Seraphin, Chaplain, Troop 41 (September 2016)

"A scout cares for other people."  (Boy Scout Handbook, pg. 24, 12th Edition). If you think only of yourself, you are a selfish person.  Selfishness destroys our relationships with other people, while selflessness will strengthen relationships.  Selflessness means less of "me" and more of "you".  The Scout Oath states, "help other people ALL the time."  Selflessness brings out the best in other people.  Everything you have in life is a gift from God because He is unselfish with you.  Let us make an effort to practice selflessness today and see the results in your life and the lives of other people.  A scout is helpful.

~ Mr. Seraphin, Chaplain Troop 41 (July 13, 2016)


A good New Year's resolution would be to do an act of kindness for at least one person everyday. An act of kindness, no matter how small is never wasted. Have you ever thought about praying for someone? Prayer not only has blessings now but also for eternity. Mr. Baden-Powell said we should do a "Good Turn Daily". Kindness changes the one who receives it, but it also changes the one who gives it. How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. A scout is kind.

~ Mr. Seraphin, Chaplain Troop 41

Troop 41 donated an engraved paver to honor Dave Seraphin's 30 year tenure as our Scoutmaster.  The Order of the Arrow and Lowaneu Allanque Lodge #41 is selling them to raise money for the new archery range at Camp Freeland Leslie in Oxford, WI.  You can also donate by clicking here.

Read David Seraphin's Thank You message to the Troop below or by clicking here.

~April 24, 2016~

Let me express a very sincere appreciation to Troop 41's Committee for purchasing an honorary brick in my name to be placed around the flag pole at Camp Freeland Leslie. Serving as a Scoutmaster for 30 years could not have been accomplished without the support of an ancillary committee. When I assumed the office of Scoutmaster, I also, simultaneously managed the positions of Committee Chairman, Troop Treasurer, Advancement Chairman, Quartermaster, and Chaplain. I had a very good Assistant Scoutmaster who worked second shift and could only attend weekend campouts.

As time progressed a very energetic committee blossomed. This strong, vibrant troop panel of Scout leaders were extremely supportive during my tenure as Scoutmaster. Some of those men are still serving the Troop today. The efforts of Joe Rubo, Dan St.Jules, Mike Hauge, Gerald Long and my "Brother Bear" and man of God, Marv Hauge assisted me in this ministry.

I believe I was an ordained Scoutmaster; that is one called by God to serve the youth of Sugar Grove. There are two books which are important in a Scout's life: the Bible and the Scout Handbook.

My appreciation is extended to this Troop Committee, particularly to the above mentioned Scouters, who assisted me in this calling. For that I am forever grateful.


Dave Seraphin Chaplain
Troop 41
Sugar Grove, IL 60554