Awards

There are a number of awards available for recognition of youth, adults and churches in Scouting programs.

These include:

Good Samaritan AwardGood Samaritan Award

The purpose of the award is to provide United Methodist churches a means to recognize an individual youth who demonstrates the attributes of the Good Samaritan described in Luke 10:25-37.

This award recognizes ministry to others through outreach, humanitarian assistance, or advocacy.

Requirements:

  • The candidate should demonstrate “significant” personal and selfless contributions toward others or assistance to individuals in need.
  • It is the responsibility of the local United Methodist church to determine qualifications of the
    award recipient.

Good Samaritan Information

 

Cross and Flame AwardMethodist_CrossandFlame

The Cross and Flame program gives recognition to adult leaders who have given exceptional service in the use and promotion of programs for young people.

Requirements:

The recipient must have an outstanding record of service to children and youth as determined by the following criteria:

  • Is an active member of a recognized Christian church.
  • Has given faithful service to the local church congregation by serving in church leadership positions.
  • Has a continuous record (three years) of using and supporting the programs of the Civic Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting in the life of the church.
  • Has served these organizations on the unit (troop, club, etc.), district, council, or other level by active participation in the program.
  • Has actively and effectively promoted the religious awards program.
  • Has promoted the use of religious services when camping or other activities that take the scouting groups away from the church during regularly scheduled worship services.

Nominees must be recommended to the local church by the local church scouting coordinator. The application must be approved by the pastor of the local church and presented to the church administrative board, council on ministries, or administrative council along with the application for approval.

Cross and Flame Information

 

Shepherd ChurchShepherd Church Award

Recognizes churches that provide outstanding scouting/youth mentoring ministry to their communities through sponsorship of one or more of the following civic youth-serving agencies:

  • Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
  • Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)
  • Camp Fire USA (CFUSA)
  • 4-H
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS).

These churches welcome all youth and children, nurture them as they grow to become good citizens with a deeper relationship with God and work with them in service to others.

Requirements:

  • Sponsor one or more of the following groups: BSA, GSUSA, CFUSA, 4-H and/or BBBS to meet the needs of youth and children in the congregation and in the community. The 2012 Book of Discipline (¶256.4a) encourages churches to have signed partnership agreements.
  • Offer and encourage participation in the PRAY awards, a religious education program for youth and children, grades 1-12 (2012 Book of Discipline ¶256.4). For more information visit Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (www.praypub.org).
  • Observe a Scouting Ministries Sunday or conduct a separate Sunday service for each group.
  • Encourage each troop/group in the church to annually participate in at least one community service project. Service projects benefiting and in cooperation with the sponsoring church are encouraged.
  • Elect or appoint a scouting coordinator who reports regularly to the governing body of the local church (2012 Book of Discipline ¶253).

Shepherd Church Information

 

Torch AwardTorch Award

Recognizes adult leaders who are members of the United Methodist Church and have given exceptional service in the use and promotion of the Scouting program locally.

Requirements:

  • Is an active member of The United Methodist Church, demonstrating exceptional Christian character.
  • Has a continuous record of using and supporting the programs (for a minimum of 4 years) of the Scouting and Civic Youth-Serving Agencies in the life of the church at the district and annual conference level.
  • Has served these organizations on the unit (troop, club, etc.), district, council, or other level by active participation in the program.
  • Has a record of counseling young people enrolled in the religious awards programs.
  • Is actively recruiting men and women for leadership in these organizations and programs.
  • Has served effectively as a member of a denominational or interdenominational Church Committee on Scouting.
  • Has served as a Camp Chaplain or has helped promote religious services within one of the scouting programs.

Torch Award Information

 

Silver Torch AwardTorch Award

Recognizes adults who have given faithful service to the United Methodist Church at the regional, national, or international level through Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, 4-H or United Methodist Youth.

Requirements:

  • The Silver Torch may be awarded to an adult for exemplary service to scouting and/or youth ministry beyond the annual conference. The award may be presented to an individual who has given service at the central conference (international), general church (national) or jurisdictional (regional) levels.
  • Recipient must be Christian but not necessarily a member of the United Methodist Church.
  • Award is by nomination only. No self-nominations permitted. Any United Methodist adult may submit a nomination.

Silver Torch Award Information

 

Bishop’s Award of ExcellenceThe Bishop’s Award of Excellence is established for the purpose of recognizing congregations and units within the United Methodist Church that extend their ministry to children and youth by creating a faith based environment for children, youth, their families and their leaders to participate in the following civic youth-serving agencies: Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA, 4-H, and Boy Scouts of America.

The Bishop’s Award of Excellence is established for the purpose of recognizing congregations and units within the United Methodist Church that extend their ministry to children and youth by creating a faith based environment for children, youth, their families and their leaders to participate in the following civic youth-serving agencies: Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA, 4-H, and Boy Scouts of America.

Requirements:

  • Local Congregation shall designate a professing member of the congregation as the Local Church Scouting Coordinator. Note:¶253 2004 UM Book of Discipline Charge Conference may elect a Scouting Coordinator.
  • The Local Church Scouting Coordinator in consultation with the pastor shall implement a plan to promote, enroll, counsel, and mentor youth in the God and Country religious emblem programs.
  • The Local Church Scouting Coordinator shall include along with the application for Bishop’s Award of Excellence a report of the plan of implementation developed in criteria #2 with the number of youth working towards and/or having completed the God and Country religious emblem programs.
  • The Local Church Scouting Coordinator in consultation with the pastor shall arrange participation in the Scouting Ministries Sunday(s) for Girl Scouts and Boy Scout units. The congregation through the Local Church Scouting Coordinator should offer an appropriate celebration opportunity for Camp Fire USA and 4 – H units.
  • The unit shall complete a service project with a missional connection to the congregation’s ministry. The project shall be developed in consultation with the pastor or a designated staff/layperson.
  • The unit is encouraged to participate in religious practices during activities, while fostering respect and understanding for all faiths within the unit. Religious practices may include, but are not limited to the following: the God and Country programs; prayer at meal and/or meetings; designation of an adult chaplain and a youth “chaplain aid;” and, when appropriate, worship services or devotionals during extended activities.
  • The Local Church Scouting Coordinator and unit leader(s) shall meet to review annually the scouting ministry of the local church with the pastor or designated staff/layperson. The meeting is to encourage a an effective faith based ministry that includes program standards set by the civic youth-serving organization(s) along with appropriate leader training; implementation of youth protection standards (this includes any standards established by the local congregation); and review of the signed partnership agreement(s), either required and/or optional. Note: ¶256.4a 2004 UM Book of Discipline encourages signed partnership agreements.

Bishop’s Award Information

 

Messengers of PeaceMOP_Patch_Purple

Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using state-of-the-art social media, the initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they’ve done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities. The initiative is inspired by the World Scout Committee, administered by the World Scout Bureau, and driven by youth volunteers worldwide.

Requirements:

In terms of the MOP initiative, peace encompasses three dimensions:

  1. The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
  2. The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
  3. Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment

Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a qualifying project is eligible to wear a Messengers of Peace ring patch around the World Crest on his or her uniform.

Messengers of Peace Information

 

William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer AwardWD Boyce Award

The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award is presented to recognize volunteers who organize one or more traditional Scouting units. The award is a square knot placed over the three colors representing the three phases of the BSA program—Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing.

A volunteer can earn the knot by organizing one traditional unit, and a program device can be earned for up to three additional units organized.

Requirements:

  • With the approval of the district committee chair, the volunteer serves as the organizer and completes the successful organization of one new traditional unit (Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity team or Venturing crew).
  • The volunteer organizes the unit by following all procedures as published in the “New Unit Organization Process” (No. 34196), particularly ensuring that new unit leadership is trained, a program for the new unit is organized and in operation, the new unit committee is functioning, a unit commissioner is assigned, all paperwork for the new unit is completed and processed, and the unit charter is presented to the chartered organization.

William D. Boyce Award

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