SCOUTING IN THE METHODIST CHURCH

 


 

There are over 34,000 United Methodist churches with about 8 million members in the United States. At the end of 2009, the United Methodist church’s involvement in Scouting included:

 

·   235,708 Cub Scouts in 2,069 packs

·   125,362 Boy Scouts in 5,066 troops

·   8,663 Venturers in 1,146 crews

 

 

For more information see BSA Fact Sheet: Scouting in the United Methodist Church: http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/operating_orgs/Methodist.aspx

 


METHODIST SPONSORED SCOUT UNITS IN GSLC


CUB SCOUTS

Christ United Methodist Church

2375 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City

(801) 486-5473

Pack 3410

Tigers - Weebelos (Grades 1-5), Meet 3rd Friday at 7:00 p.m. http://pluto.matrix49.com/15641/?subpages/Scouting---Welcome-Page.shtml

Hill\top United Methodist Church

985 East 10600 South, Sandy

(801) 571-5777

Pack 3411

Tigers - Weebelos (Grades 1-5), Meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. http://www.hilltopumchurch.org/mod/group/view.php?group_id=13

Mountain Vista United Methodist Church

8931 South 3200 West, West Jordan

(801) 280-4148

Pack 4012

Tigers – Weebelos (Grades 1-5), Meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. http://www.mtnvistaumc.org

Trinity United Methodist Church

4290 West 5415 South, Kearns

(801) 968-6891

Pack 4720

Tigers – Weebelos (Grades 1-5), Meet Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. www.gbgm-umc.org/kearnsumc

BOY SCOUTS

Christ United Methodist Church

2375 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City

(801) 486-5473

Troop 410

11-17 years. Meet Monday 7:00 p.m. http://pluto.matrix49.com/15641/?subpages/Scouting---Welcome-Page.shtml

Hill\top United Methodist Church

985 East 10600 South, Sandy

(801) 571-5777

Troop 411

11-17 years. Meet Wednesday 7:30 p.m. http://www.hilltopumchurch.org/mod/group/view.php?group_id=13

Mountain Vista United Methodist Church

8931 South 3200 West, West Jordan

(801) 280-4148

Troop 1012

11-17 years. Meet Tuesday 7:00 p.m. http://www.mtnvistaumc.org

Trinity United Methodist Church

4290 West 5415 South, Kearns

(801) 968-6891

Troop 231

11-17 years. Meet Wednesday 7:00 p.m. www.gbgm-umc.org/kearnsumc

VENTURE SCOUTS

Christ United Methodist Church

2375 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City

(801) 486-5473

Crew 9410

Young men and women. Emphasis is on outdoor activities and service projects. http://pluto.matrix49.com/15641/?subpages/Scouting---Welcome-Page.shtml

Hill\top United Methodist Church

985 East 10600 South, Sandy

(801) 571-5777

Crew 9411

Young men 14-20 years of age. Emphasis is on outdoor activities and shooting sports. http://www.hilltopumchurch.org/mod/group/view.php?group_id=13

Trinity United Methodist Church

4290 West 5415 South, Kearns

(801) 968-6891

Crew 9231

Young men and women. Meet Wednesday 7:00 p.m. www.gbgm-umc.org/kearnsumc

 

 

RELIGIOUS EMBLEM RESOURCES FOR METHODIST SCOUTS:

 

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. Below are the Methodist religious emblems:

 

·   Cub Scouts (Grades 1-3): God and Me  

·   Cub Scouts (Grades 4-5): God and Family

·   Boy Scouts (Grades 6-8): God and Church

·   Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts (Grades 9-12): God and Life

·   Adults: God and Service

 

God and Country resource materials: God and Me - #33604 for student, #33603 for counselor, and #33606 for mentor; God and Family - #33597 for student, #33598 for counselor, and #33595 for mentor; God and Church - #33599 for student, #33600 for counselor, and #33596 for mentor; God and Life - #33609 for student, #33610 for counselor, and #33605 for mentor. Adults may be nominated for the God and Service award. For more information: http://www.praypub.org

 


 RESOURCES FOR METHODIST SCOUTS/SCOUTERS

 

·   Boy Scouts of America national website. General information on scouting in United Methodist churches including information links and information on religious awards: Scouting in the United Methodist Church: http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/operating_orgs/Methodist.aspx

·   PRAY-Programs of Religious Activities With Youth: Partner for United Methodist religious awards: http://www.praypub.org

·   Training for United Methodist Scout Leaders at BSA’s Philmont Training Center. See conference listings for courses available at: http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/PTC.aspx

·   Association of United Methodist Scouters. Broad variety of information regarding scouting in United Methodist Churches. http://www.umcscouting.org

 


Ten Reasons to Consider Scouting and Civic Youth - Serving Agencies as a Ministry of the Local Church 1/

By Larry W. Coppock, CFRE General Commission on United Methodist Men
Mildred Keeney, Missouri Annual Conference Scouting Coordinator, Contributing Editor

 

Outreach - The ministry of Christ revolved around the profound concept of reaching out to others. Modeling Christ’s example, scouting and civic youth-serving agencies seek to touch lives with the compassion of Christ. We have found that when we reach out to others, the blessings of God are returned to us.

 

Evangelism - Statistics indicate that of all the youth who join scouting through the church, 25 percent are United Methodists, 25 percent are members of other denomi- nations or faiths, and 50 percent come from unchurched families. Reaching out to families that do not have a church home is not a new concept. Scouting is one potential entry point for persons to join the church, which then has the opportunity to introduce, nurture, and strengthen a relationship with Jesus Christ. Scouting provides a great way for the local church to serve its local community and in the process offer new and exciting pro- grams that the church may transform into ministry to, with, and through youth.

 

Intergenerational - Scouting and civic youth ministry offers opportunities for older adults as well as youth. So often congregational members become isolated from one another because we tend to spend time with people of similar age groups. Scouting offers older adults a chance to become merit-badge counselors, mentors, or committee members who plan activities with and for youth. In these ways, and more, older adults can become an integral part of a youth’s life. The experiences are ones that will be cherished for a lifetime.

 

Coeducational - Some scouting programs exist for both girls and boys alike. Camp Fire USA (CFUSA) is coeducational for ages 1 to 21, while Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Venturing division is for ages 14 to 20. These programs are a great complement to any church’s United Methodist youth ministry and also serve to encourage older Boy Scouts to participate in scouting for a longer period of time. Conversely, girls may participate through Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (GSUSA) in many of the high adventure activities that boys do.

BSA Venturing crews offer a high degree of flexibility for their members. Some crews elect to focus on helping others through activities like building homes for Habitat for Humanity, while other crews enjoy the benefit of camping, hiking, and high adventure. Local BSA councils offer the use of their youth protection training and leadership training in addition to low- cost liability and accident insurance for their members.

 

United Methodist Men - United Methodist Men’s groups have traditionally been the “standard bear- ers” of scouting and civic youth ministry. United Methodist Men’s units have been a source of manpower and volunteer leadership as well as a link between the church congregation and the youth agency. United Methodist Men have assisted in fundraising events, work days, special events, and a variety of mentoring opportunities.

 

Mission - A variety of mission opportunities are made available through the four youth agencies. Camp Fire USA, through Gift of Giving, Teens in Action, and Extending Our Reach educate and nurture children in projects that encourage their participation and commitment to volunteerism in a uniquely spiritual atmosphere. Similar opportunities exist within the various programs of BSA, GSUSA, and 4-H.

 

God and Country Program - An age-appropriate study series, the God and Country program, invites youth to become better acquainted with their church and community and enhances their relationships with their pastor and congregation. The God and Country series focuses on education, spirituality, and service to others and brings recognition and increased self-esteem to the youth and teenagers who participate.

 

Develop Servant Leaders (Friends, Followers, Fishermen) - Each youth organization that we work with has inherent “building blocks” that the local church can transform into effective ministry. For example, they require service projects that offer opportunities to begin to cultivate effective servant leaders. By starting as “friends” (members of a troop or club), progressing to “followers” of Christ (older youth who are setting the example), and culminating in “fishermen” (youth who do service projects to meet requirements), we can envision how this is a true beginning for servant leadership in the church, community, state, and nation.

 

Intentionality - The scouting program can be an effective, intentional outreach ministry of the local church. Through intentional planning, the church has the ability to transform these scouting programs into important youth ministries similar to other important ministries and initiatives. As a result, scouting always should be on a level with other church ministries. It has the potential to be a far-reaching, positive outreach youth ministry for the immediate community.

 

Make Disciples - By considering one or a combination of the previous reasons, a local church may develop a consistent list of prospects for the Lord. Nurturing children, teens, and families through outreach and evangelism and incorporating them into the life of the church may have tremendous, eternal results for the youth, their family, and the church.

 

Scouting as a New Ministry - If you, as a church or scouting leader, are interested in using these resources to establish a new ministry to the community, contact the local office of the youth-serving agency of your choice. You will find them willing and able to assist you in the mechanics of organizing a program designed to meet the specific needs of your church and community.

 

If you have any questions pertaining to how civic youth-serving agencies might be used as an integral part of your church’s outreach ministry, please contact the Office of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting (OCYSA/S). Additional resource information is also available from P R.A.Y.
  

          From: The National Association of Methodist Scouters. http://www.naums.org/INFO/GCUMM.HTM

 

 

 


 

 

             

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