Reverend Gary Gudzik​​​​​​​
The Chapel of Saint Valentine

Boy Scout Leadership

Photo Credit: Coco Pops

On Being a Scout Leader

Mount Sinai Troop 1776 Website
Mount Sinai Pack 1776 Website
Having been both a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in his youth, Reverend Gary appreciated the program that Scouting offers to boys of all ages. The lessons learned in Boy Scouting include valuable skills and a strong work ethic, which propel young men on an adventure-filled journey that lasts a lifetime.

Being a Scout Leader is one of the more rewarding jobs Reverend Gary has held. He started as an advisor for the Port Jefferson Fire Department's Junion Company (a BSA Explorer Post), and later became a Den Leader for his eldest son, Harrison. He served as Cub Scout Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, and Pack Treasurer for Pack 390 in Mount Sinai, NY.  Reverend Gary became Chaplain of Troop 1776 when Harrison crossed over into Boy Scouts, and serves on the Committee of the Troop.

In the late summer/early fall of 2016, he and a number of other dedicated parents formed a new Scout unit, Pack 1776, and Reverend Gary became its first Cubmaster.  His son Kenny was one of the Founding members of the new Pack. In January 2019, Mount Sinai Packs 1776 and 390 merged into the new, united Pack 2166 (1776+390). 

Reverend Gary is a registered Merit Badge Counselor for Citizenship in the Community, Coin Collecting, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Genealogy, Motorboating, Public Speaking, Rifle Shooting, Safety, Shotgun Shooting, Water Sports, and Welding (that's some eclectic list, eh?). He has received "Position Specific Training" for Cub Scout Den Leader, Cubmaster, Pack Committee Member, Troop Committee Member, Merit Badge Counselor, and of course, Chaplain. He has also received Basic Adult Outdoor Orientation (BALOO), Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Trek Safely, and Weather Hazards training and he maintains biannual Youth Protection Training status.

Reverend Gary was appinted District Chaplain for the Benjamin Tallmadge District, Suffolk County Council in August 2017. In this position, he acts as a coordinator between faith groups and religious committees, promotes the religious emblem program for all faiths, encourages each Scouting unit to have a Chaplain and Chaplain Aide, and ensures the availability of clergy or lay leaders to facilitate worship services at campouts and other events.

Watching the boys grow, learn and develop important skills, teaching them good manners and respectful behavior, helping them make good moral and ethical decisions, and watching them become upstanding young citizens...these things are what makes the Scouting Program so valuable for the boys...and rewarding for its leaders.

Reverend Gary's youngest daughter, Maddie, was a Brownie and a Junior Girl Scout. In the fall of 2018, Maddie became one of the first female members of Pack 1776 when girls were allowed to join Cub Scouts for the first time in history!

Benjamin Tallmadge District Website
Suffolk County Council BSA Website
As Chaplain of the Boy Scout Troop, Reverend Gary works with the Chaplain Aide to promote the Twelfth Point of the Scout Law..​​​​​​​​​.A Scout is Reverent. He assists in leading devotions before and after meetings, encourages Scouts to earn the religious medals for their faith, and supports the spiritual health and well-being of the Scouts. 

Photo Credit: Laurie Dziadowicz