SCOUTING AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
There are three major events for Disciples Scouters (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts U.S.A., Campfire U.S.A. and other Youth Serving Agencies, including Church School Classes and Youth Fellowship).
The Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be held at 6:30 a.m., Monday, July 11, at McKendree United Methodist Church, 523 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219, within walking distance of the Convention Center. The breakfast is only $15 per person. Reservations must be made by July 5th with the Rev. Robert Thornton by calling (937) 620-9517 or by emailing breakfast@DisciplesScouter.org.
There will be a Display Booth at the General Assembly with material for the various Religious Awards and DVD's for the publicity of the Religious Awards and also a DVD on why Scouting is Youth Ministry, especially in the area of evangelism.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 9 to 11 a.m., we will hold Religious Emblems Classes for young people who would like to begin their age-appropriate religious award (ages 7-8; 9-10; 11-13; 14-18;) at McKendree United Methodist Church. There is no charge for these classes, and each student will receive the age appropriate booklet to take back home and complete with his or her own minister. To order enough booklets and have them available, we will need reservations made to Rev. Robert Thornton by July 5th by calling (937) 620-9517 or emailing class@DisciplesScouter.org.
The association has a new name! We are now the National Association of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Scouters. The name change was approved at the association's annual business meeting at General Assembly in Indianapolis. Click Here to learn more.
- To encourage Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations to use the national youth agencies in their ministry with youth, thereby extending their programs of leadership training and community outreach;
- To promote the God and Country Program Series as a Christian Education Resource for youth;
- To recognize outstanding adult leadership through the God and Service Award;
- To provide the local church with trained youth leaders.
The congregation's ministries with children, youth and families can be enhanced through partnerships with youth serving agencies. The agencies stress the development of positive moral values as well as social responsibility through a variety of activities including a strong emphasis on service.
Congregations should consider partnerships with youth serving agencies because research has shown that:
- Youth who are involved in either church or youth agency activities report significantly lower involvement in at-risk behaviors, have more positive and life-affirming values, and assume more social responsibility by serving others.
- Youth who are involved in both church and youth agency activities possess an even higher number of these positive assets.
This research done by the Search Institute (Minneapolis, Minn.) strongly suggests that partnerships between churches and youth serving agencies offer a powerful resource for youth in their faith and daily life.
Membership in the Association will provide a network of support for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) leaders in the national youth serving agencies.
Membership is open to adults who are eligible to be members of the Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, or the Girl Scouts of the USA, and who are active members in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The membership fee is $30 for two years. CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW! Upon receipt of the registration form and payment by check, you will receive a wallet certificate, the Association's emblem, and a subscription to a newsletter to keep you up to date with the latest youth ministry resources available to your church by the national youth serving agencies.