“Sponsor” or “Partner?”

Technically, a church COULD just “sponsor a Scout troop” — but if your church does, you’re missing out.

"Sponsor" a Scout GroupMany churches simply sign the charter agreement and allow a Scout troop (or Venturing Crew, or Cub Pack, etc.) to meet in their facilities, instead of taking advantage of a unique opportunity to (a) connect with the families involved and shape young lives and (b) offer an opportunity for church members to live out servant leadership in front of and among the community.

From the very beginning of the chartering process, the church should be intimately involved in the Scouting program. The Charter agreement says the Charter Organization will conduct the Scouting program according to its own policies and guidelines, as well as those of the Boy Scouts of America. Another part of the agreement is that the Charter Organization will include Scouting as part of its overall program for youth and families. Continue reading

Scouting can grow your church

Scouting can grow your churchNearly one-half of the 371,400 scouts who meet weekly in 6,700 United Methodist churches are from unchurched families, but few churches do much to strengthen ties with these units. More than 1.5 million participants and family members are estimated to be affected by scouting ministries in the United Methodist Church. Scouting ministries provide local congregations the opportunity to mentor children and youth in the community in the areas of spiritual and character development through service projects, Bible-based resources such as religious- emblem awards provided by Programs of Religious Activities with Children (P.R.A.Y.), citizenship training, and by teaching new skills, connecting children to nature, providing leadership opportunities, and building healthy peer and intergenerational relationships. Continue reading