The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. Click here to read more about Scouting in The United Methodist Church.
The Scouting Ministry Specialist Programs have Scouting Coordinators in each of our four Districts and are a viable component for the growth of Scouting programs here in the Desert Southwest Conference. The UMC supports over 600,000 Scout youth in 8000 United Methodist Churches participating in Scouting programs across the nation. The United Methodist Church is the second largest faith based sponsor of Scout units (Troop & Pack) in the nation. Scouting membership is growing and the opportunity to bring unchurched youth and their families into the United Methodist Church is great. Surveys show that 300,000 youth come from unchurched families, creating an evangelistic opportunity for Scouting and the United Methodist Church.
"After the tragedy of the nineteen Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30th, Scouts paid tribute to those valiant and courageous fire fighters who lost their lives battling the 8,400-acre Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott, Arizona. One hundred copies of "Strength For Service Daily Devotional" (click here to download this document) were distributed to Prescott Fire Chief, Dan Fraijo to comfort the family members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew and on July 14th a Vespers Service at Camp Lawton was dedicated as a tribute to the 19 firefighters. It was a powerful moment to pay our respects to those brave fire fighters." -Doug Wright, Conference Scouting Coordinator and member of Strength For Service Task Force
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