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  • Scouting in the United Methodist Church

    Boy Scouts of AmericaInnovation & Research1325 W. Walnut Hill LaneIrving, TX 75038research.team@scouting.org Page 1 of 10

    Background IntheUnitedStates,theUnitedMethodistChurchisthelargestmainlinedenomination,thesecondlargestProtestantchurch,andthirdlargestChristiandenomination. o AccordingtotheUnitedMethodistChurch,thereareover40,000churchesacrosstheUnitedStates,Africa,Asia,andEuropewithapproximately11.2millionmembers.

    o Accordingtothe2010Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, thereare7.9millionU.S.membersin34,136churches.

    TheUnitedMethodistChurchisresponsiblefor: o 10pre-collegiateschools o 92four-yearandeighttwo-yearcollegesanduniversities o Oneprofessionalschool o 13theologicalseminaries ThemissionoftheUnitedMethodistChurchistomakedisciplesofJesusChristforthetransformationoftheworld.Thisisafour-foldtaskwheretheUnitedMethodistChurch:

    oReachesouttopeopleandwelcomesthemintothechurch oRelatespeopletoGodandhelpsthemdeepentheirrelationshipwithGod oNurturespeopleinChristianliving oSupportspeopleintheirministry TheUnitedMethodistChurchhasnocentralheadquarters,butmanyofthechurchsbiggestadministrativeofficesarelocatedinNashville,Tennessee. TheUnitedMethodistChurchisadecentralizedchurchwiththefollowingbranches:. oGeneralConference,thechurchshighestlegislativebranch,istheofficialgoverningbodythatconveneseveryfouryearstomakealldecisionsondoctrineandpolicy.Thevotingmembershipconsistsofanequalnumberofclergyandlaydelegateselectedbytheannualconferences.

    oCouncilofBishops,theexecutivebranchofthechurch,representsthetopleadershipofthechurch.AllactiveandretiredbishopsaremembersoftheCouncilofBishops.

    oJudicialCouncil,thechurchsjudicialbranch,rulesonquestionsofconstitutionalityinchurchlawandpractice.

    Attheendof2010,theUnitedMethodistChurchsinvolvementwithScoutingincluded: o235,672CubScoutsfrom5,136packs o127,419BoyScoutsfrom5,005troops o8,408Venturersfrom1,146crews

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    Religious Principles and Key Terms Book of Discipline:Fundamentalbookoutliningthelaw,doctrine,administration,andorganizationalworkandproceduresoftheUnitedMethodistChurch.OftenreferredtoasThe Discipline. Annual Conference:BasicunitoforganizationwithintheUnitedMethodistChurch,roughlyequivalenttoadioceseintheRomanCatholicChurchorasynodintheLutherandenomination.Theymaybepartofastate,awholestate,orpartsoftwoormorestates.Currentlythereare62annualconferencesthatrefertothegeographicalareatheycoveraswellasthefrequencyofmeeting. District:Oneof469regionalgroupsofchurchesorcharges,supervisedbyadistrictsuperintendent. Episcopal Area:TheannualconferenceorconferencestowhichabishopisassignedbytheJurisdictionalorCentralConference.ThebishopliveswithintheboundsoftheEpiscopalareaandpresidesovertheworkofoneormoreannualconferences.Currentlythereare50EpiscopalAreasintheUS. Connectional Table:Overseesthecoordinationofmission,ministries,andresourcesacrossthedenomination.Itiscomposedof47peopleandincludes: oEqualnumbersoflaypersonsandclergy oEqualnumbersofmalesandfemales oAtleast10percentyouthandyoungadults oAtleast30percentracial/ethnicminoritygroups oNolessthansevenmembersfromchurchesinEurope,Africa,andAsia Bishop:Anelder(ordainedminister)whoiselectedtotheofficeofbishop.Abishopservesasageneralsuperintendenttothedenomination. Resident Bishop:BishopappointedtoaspecificEpiscopalArea.ThisisthepresidingbishopofanyandallAnnualConferencesofthechurchwithinthearea. District Superintendent:Anordainedministerappointedbyabishoptooverseethepastorsandlocalchurchesinadistrict.Primaryresponsibilitiesrelatetooverseeingtheworkofthelocalchurch,including: oPresidingatchargeconferences oSupervisingtheworkofthepastors oParticipatingwiththebishopinappointmentsofordainedministerstoservethedistrictsandchurches

    Elder:Apersonordainedtoalifetimeministryofservice,word,sacrament,andorder.HeorsheisauthorizedtopreachandteachGodsword,toadministerthesacramentsofbaptismandHolyCommunion,andtoorderthelifeofthechurchformissionandministry. Commissioned Elder:Recentseminarygraduatewhoservesthreeyearsinafull-timeappointment. Deacon:Anordainedclergypersonwhoiscalledtoserveallpeople,particularlythepoor,sick,andtheoppressed,andtoequipandleadthelaityinministriesofcompassion,justice,andserviceintheworld. Local Pastor:Alicensedpastor,approvedannuallybythedistrictcommitteeonordainedministry,whoisauthorizedtoperformalldutiesofanordainedminister,includingthesacraments,whileassignedtoaparticularchargeunderthesupervisionofadistrictsuperintendent. Local Church Lay Leaders:Thelocalchurchofficial,electedbythechargeconference,whoservesastheprimarylayrepresentativeofthelocalchurch.ThelayleaderhasspecificresponsibilitiesdetailedinThe Book of Discipline.

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    Certified Lay Speakers:Serveintheirownorotherchurchthroughdistrictorconferenceprojectsandprograms.Theymayleadworshipwhenaministerisnotavailable. Baptized member:ApersonwhohasreceivedthesacramentofbaptismintheUnitedMethodistChurchorhasreceivedChristianbaptisminanotherdenominationandlatertransferredtotheUnitedMethodistChurch. Professing member:AbaptizedpersonwhohastakenvowsdeclaringtheChristianfaith.Professingmembersincludeallpeoplewhohavecomeintomembershipbyprofessionoffaithorbytransferfromotherchurches.

    National Association of United Methodist ScoutersTheNationalAssociationofUnitedMethodistScouters(NAUMS)wasformedin1986toprovideresourcesforScoutingandCivicYouth-ServingMinistry.Itisassociatedwiththe: GeneralCommissiononUnitedMethodistMen NationalAssociationofConferencePresidentsofUnitedMethodistMen

    Scouting Religious Emblems and RecognitionsP.R.A.Ys2010ReligiousEmblemsReporthighlightstheUnitedMethodistChurchsuseoftheGodandCountrySeriesreligiousrecognitions.In2010,recognitionswereearnedby: 2,441CubScouts 2,209Webelos 829BoyScouts 356Venturers 148adults

    Youth emblems

    God and Country SeriesGod and Me

    PurposeEncourageschildrentobecomebestfriendswithJesusandtelltheirstoryofGodandMetogether

    Eligibility Youthinfirstthroughthirdgrade

    Requirements Designedtobecompletedinfourtofivesessions YouthcompletessessionsonGodCreatedMe,JesusIsGodsGifttoMe,ICanTalkWithGod,BecauseGodCaresforMe,ICanCareforOthers

    http://www.umcscouting.orghttp://www.gcumm.orghttp://www.nacpumm.org

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    God and Country SeriesGod and Family

    PurposeHelpyouthunderstandtheimportanceoffamilyandGodsroleinahealthyfamily

    Eligibility Youthinfourthandfifthgrade

    Requirements Designedtobecompletedinsixtosevensessions Sessionsinclude: o WeareGodsFamily o FamilyHeritage,SpiritualHeritage o OurTalentsandGiftsStrengthenOurFamilies o InGodsFamilyWereLovedNoMatterWhat!BecauseWereLoved,WeFollowRules o BeinginGodsFamilyHelpsUsWhenThingsAreTough o InGodsFamily,WeShareasaResponsetoGodsLove

    God and Country SeriesGod and Church

    PurposeGivesyouthanopportunitytounderstandthechurchsstructureandobjectives,andtoparticipateinserviceprojectsthatwillgivethemabetterunderstandingofthemissionofthechurch

    Eligibility Youthinsixththrougheighthgrade

    Requirements Designedtotakethreetofivemonthstocomplete SessionsincludeMeetingChrist,WorshippingGod,andWitnessingandMinisteringforChrist Mustcompleteavideoorphotoalbumtosharewhattheylearned

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    God and Country SeriesGod and Life

    PurposeTeachesyouthtostudythelivesofmenandwomenintheBible,discoveringwhattheirlivesteachthemaboutGod,andchallengingthemtointegratethefaithofthoseintheBibleintotheirdailylives

    Eligibility YouthinninththroughtwelfthgradeswhodonotnecessarilyhavetobelongtoaBoyScouttroop

    Requirements Completionoffivesectionscovering: o HowGodcallsallkindsofpeople o Goddoesntexpectustodoitonourown o EachofusmustmakeapersonalresponsetothecallofGod o Godgivesstrengthtofaceadversities o GodcanaccomplishgreatthingsthroughthosewhoarewillingtodoGodswill

    The Good Samaritan award

    PurposeRecognizeanindividualyouthwhodemonstratestheattributesoftheGoodSamaritandescribedinLuke10:25-37,ministrytoothersthroughoutreach,humanitarianassistance,oradvocacy

    Eligibility RegisteredmemberofaBoyScouttrooporVenturingcrewcharteredto,sponsoredby,ormeetinginaUnitedMethodistchurch

    Studentingradesseventhrough12orbetweentheagesof12and20 ParticipatinginoutreachministrywithinthecontextofthelocalUnitedMethodistchurchgivingtheaward

    Requirements Candidateshoulddemonstratesignificantpersonalandselflesscontributionstowardothersorassistancetoindividualsinneed Mustbenominatedbyanadultfamiliarwiththeyouthsoutstandingservice RequiredsignaturesincludethelocalUnitedMethodistpastor,thelocalUnitedMethodistMensPresidentifchurchhasacharteredfellowship,andeitheraunitleader,youthministerorcoordinator,oradultmemberofthelocalUnitedMethodistChurchgivingtheawardwhoisfamiliarwiththeyouthswork(notarelative)

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    Adult emblems

    God and Country Mentor Program

    PurposeProvidesanadultwithadditionalopportunitiestomodelhisorherChristianfaithandtohelpayoungchildtalkabouthisorherbeliefinGod

    Eligibility ParentorguardianofayouthintheGodandCountryprogramseries

    Requirements CompletionoftheGodandCountrycurriculumworkingalongsideyouthparentorguardianisresponsiblefor

    God and Country SeriesGod and Service award

    PurposeAcknowledgedistinguishedvolunteerservicebyadultsinministrytoyoungpeoplebyservicethroughthechurchandtheBoyScoutsofAmerica

    Eligibility Minimumoffiveyearsofservicetothechurch MinimumoffiveyearsofservicetoBoyScoutsofAmerica EncourageandassistyoungpeopleinearningtheGodandCountryaward PromotereligiousobservancesatBoyScoutsofAmericafunctionsatalllevels Encourageyouthtoparticipateincommunityserviceprojects RecruitvolunteerstogiveleadershiptoBoyScoutsofAmericaprograms PromotetheorganizationofBoyScoutsofAmericaunitsamongachurchotherthanhisorherowncongregation BeapersonwhoseChristianexampleishighlyregardedbyothersinthechurchandwhoselifestyleisamodelforyoungpeople

    Requirements NominationapplicationandletterofrecommendationmustbesubmittedtoP.R.A.Y.

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    Cross and Flame award

    PurposeRecognizesadultleaderswhohavegivenexceptionalserviceintheuseandpromotionofScoutingprogramsforyoungpeopleorhaveservedchildrenandyouththroughtheUnitedMethodistChurch

    Eligibility AdultleaderwithatleastfiveyearsofserviceusingandsupportingScoutinginthelifeofthechurch ActivememberofarecognizedChristianchurch Givenfaithfulservicetothelocalchurchcongregationbyservinginchurchleadershippositions HasservedScoutingontheunit,district,council,orotherlevelbyactiveparticipationintheprogram Activelyandeffectivelypromotedthereligiousawardsprogram PromotedtheuseofreligiousserviceswhencampingorotheractivitiesthattakeScoutinggroupsawayfromthechurchduringregularlyscheduledworshipservices

    Requirements RecommendedtothelocalchurchbythelocalchurchScoutingcoordinator Applicationmustbeapprovedbythepastorandpresentedtothechurchadministrativeboard,councilonministries,oradministrativecouncilalongwithapplicationforapproval Ifapproved,applicationshouldbemailedtotheOfficeofCivicYouth-ServingAgencies

    Torch award

    PurposeRecognizesadultleaderswhoaremembersoftheUnitedMethodistChurchandhavegivenexceptionalserviceintheuseandpromotionoftheScoutingprogramlocally

    Eligibility ActivememberoftheUnitedMethodistChurchdemonstratingexceptionalChristiancharacter ContinuousrecordofusingandsupportingtheScoutingprogram(minimumof10years)inthelifeofthechurchatthedistrictandannualconferencelevel ServedScoutingontheunit(troop,club,etc.),district,council,orotherlevelbyactiveparticipationintheprogram ServedeffectivelyasamemberofadenominationalorinterdenominationalChurchCommitteeonScouting ServedasacampchaplainorhashelpedpromotereligiousserviceswithinoneoftheScoutingprograms

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    Requirements SpecialcommitteeappointedannuallybyConferenceCommitteeonScoutingreceivesandreviewsthenominationsandnamesrecipients AnnualConferencemaygiveoneawardeachyear,plusoneforeach100,000churchmembers,andmayconferanhonoraryawardinrecognitionofmeritoriousservicetopersonsnotmembersoftheAnnualConference Nominationsmaybemadebyanindividual,byalocalchurch,orbytheConferenceCommitteeonScoutingandforwardedtothespecialcommitteebyApril1eachyear

    Silver Torch award

    PurposeRecognizesadultswhohavegivenfaithfulservicetotheUnitedMethodistChurchattheregional,national,orinternationallevelthroughBoyScoutsofAmerica

    Eligibility RecipientmustbeChristianbutnotnecessarilyamemberoftheUnitedMethodistChurch Mustbenominated(noself-nominationspermitted)

    Requirements NominatormustsubmitapplicationanddetailhownomineesservicehasimpactedScoutingatthegeneralchurch,jurisdictional,orcentralconferencelevel,anddescribeofficesnomineehasheld

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    Church awards

    Bishops Award of Excellence

    PurposeRecognizecongregationsandunits/clubswiththeUnitedMethodistChurchthatextendtheirministrytochildrenandyouthbycreatingafaith-basedenvironmentforchildren,youth,theirfamilies,andtheirleadersparticipatinginScouting

    Eligibility LocalcongregationmustdesignateaprofessingmemberofthecongregationasthelocalchurchScoutingcoordinator. Inconsultationwiththepastor,Scoutingcoordinatorshallimplementaplantopromote,enroll,counsel,andmentoryouthintheGodandCountryreligiousemblemprograms. Scoutingcoordinatorshallincludethenumberofyouthwhoareworkingtowardsand/orhavecompletedtheGodandCountryreligiousemblemprogramswiththeapplication. Inconsultationwiththepastor,ScoutingcoordinatorshallarrangeparticipationintheScoutingMinistrySundayforBoyScoutunits. Unitshallcompleteaserviceprojectwithamissionalconnectiontothecongregationsministry.Theprojectshallbedevelopedinconsultationwiththepastororadesignatedstafforlayperson. Unitisencouragedtoparticipateinreligiouspracticesduringactivitieswhilefosteringrespectandunderstandingforallfaithswithintheunit.Religiouspracticesmayinclude,butarenotlimitedtothefollowing: o TheGodandCountryprograms o Prayeratmealand/ormeetings o Designationofanadultchaplainandayouthchaplain o Worshipservicesordevotionalsduringextendedactivities Scoutingcoordinatorandunitleader(s)shallmeetannuallytoreviewtheScoutingministryofthelocalchurchwiththepastorordesignatedstafforlayperson.Themeetingistoencourageaneffectivefaith-basedministrythatincludesprogramstandardssetbycivicyouth-servingorganizationsalongwithappropriateleadertraining,implementationofyouthprotectionstandards,andreviewofthesignedpartnershipagreement(s)eitherrequiredand/oroptional.

    Requirements ScoutingcoordinatorshouldsubmitapplicationalongwiththedocumentationoftheaboveeligibilitytotheannualconferenceScoutingcoordinatorafterJanuary1forthepreviouscalendaryear

    http://www.umcscouting.org/AWARDS/Bishops-Award-of-Excellence.pdf

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    Shepherd Church

    PurposeAnnuallyrecognizeschurchesthatprovideoutstandingScoutingministrytotheircommunitiesthroughsponsorshipofoneormoreScoutingunits

    Eligibility SponsoroneormoreScoutingunitstomeettheneedsofyouthandchildreninthecongregationandcommunity. OfferandencourageparticipationintheGod...

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