SHAMOKIN - Krystof Josef Lapotsky received the Parvuli Dei award from the Diocese of Harrisburg in a ceremony Sept. 29 at Mother Cabrini Church, with the Rev. Martin Kobos presiding.

The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) award is to help Catholic Cub Scouts discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes. Krystof was mentored by parish youth director Judy Surak.

Now a Boy Scout in Troop 250, of Clark's Grove Church, Paxinos, Lapotsky earned the award while a Cub Scout in Pack 3250, Paxinos. While a member of Webelos Pack 3250, under the direction of Daisy James and Angela Rice (Cubmaster), he also received the super achiever award for having earned all 20 activity pins. He completed all of the Cub Scout belt loop awards, received the Outdoor Activity Award, World Conservation Award, Leave No Trace Award and the Super Nova Award for science.

Lapotsky is also a recipient of the Arrow of Light Award, which is the highest award in Cub Scouting.

Lapotsky is a son of Lorelei Duke, of Trevorton, and Christopher Lapotsky, of Coal Township, and a grandson of Thomas and Dolores Duke, of Coal Township, and Luke Lapotsky, of Kulpmont. He also resides with his stepfather, Stanley Romanoski, and siblings Katianna and Nastissja Lapotsky and Zoya and Stanley Romanoski.

He is a sixth-grade student at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School. In addition to scouting, he is actively involved in forensics, drama, band and chorus in his school. He is studying piano and trumpet and is a member of the Anne Miles Children's Theater and Anthracite Citizen's Theater (ACT), having recently stared as Charlie in ACT's production of "Willy Wonka."

A member of Mother Cabrini Church, Lapotsky is actively involved in his parish, as both a member of the children's choir and an altar server. He is working on the Ad Altare Dei Award (To the Altar of God) in scouting, which is designed to help Catholic youth of the Roman rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is based on the seven sacraments as a means toward spiritual growth.