W. D. Boyce Award

W. D. Boyce Award


W. D. Boyce Award

St. Philip, St. Joseph, & St. Jerome Catholic Churches

A Scout is Reverent! A Scout does his/her duty to God! Those phrases come from the Scout Law and the Scout Oath. Each recited by Scouts across the United States at the opening of their troop meetings.

Beginning in 1923 the Scouts of Troop 325 (previously Troop 25) and later the Cub Scouts in Pack 325 have called St. Philip home. As St. Joseph and St. Jerome’s were built in 1942 and 1957 respectively, the Catholic Churches of Battle Creek became home to a vibrant and active Troops and Packs. Through the years the Scouts have done numerous service projects and assisted the Churches and Schools in many activities. Hundreds of boys (and now girls) have learned lifelong lessons and skills from their time in the Troop and Pack. As of today, Troop 325 has seen 169 scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting. Many of these Eagle Scouts owe a great big thank you to the Priests, staff and parishioners of St. Philip, St. Joseph, and St. Jerome, who generously supported their Eagle Scout projects with their time, talent, treasure, and prayers.

Scouting is not the only way that the Battle Creek Area Catholic Churches serve youth. For more than 100 years St. Philip Catholic Central has been educating the youth of your community. Now through the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools, children attend St. Joseph Elementary, St. Joseph Middle School, and St. Philip Catholic Central. This combined with each church’s religious education programs, means that hundreds of children every year are learning what it means to be Reverent, how to serve others, how to serve their community and how to do their duty to God.


On Tuesday  December 13th, the Boy Scouts of America recognized all three Battle Parish’s (St. Jerome, St. Joseph, and St. Philip) with the W.D. Boyce Leadership Award.  The recognition was for demonstrated leadership in service to the youth of Calhoun County in three ways:  1)  Exhibiting leadership that impacts area youth in a positive way, 2)  Exhibiting leadership in a positive fashion for the good in Society, and 3)  Creative leadership.  Rev.  Ankley  was present to represent St. Joseph and St. Jerome Parishes.  Rev. Richardson was present to represent St. Philip Parish.

Additionally an individual W.D. Boyce Award was presented to Hon. John Hallacy.  He is a member of St. Joseph Parish.  He serves on the Committees for both Cub Scout Pack #325, and Scout Troop #325, both of which are sponsored by all three churches.  Judge Hallacy has also served on the Diocese of Kalamazoo Catholic Committee on Scouting for many years.

W.D. Boyce is the Chicago businessman who formally organized the Scouting movement in the United States in 1910.