One of the outstanding associations of the United Methodist Church, and more specifically Dunwoody United Methodist Church, is the relationship we share with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). As a part of that association, each year, we set aside the second Sunday in February to recognize and celebrate our Boy Scouts.
Most of us are familiar with the Boy Scouts of America. Like me, you may have participated as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Order of the Arrow or one of the other programs within the organization. Others may have a child or a sibling participating.
Here in the United States, BSA is one of the largest youth organizations with 2.3 million youth members and approximately 1 million adult volunteers. Since its inception in 1910, about 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.
The goal of the Boy Scouts of America is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of activities and programs. Through an informal educational program called the “Scout Method,” they seek to instill these scouting values. They strive to help young people develop their outdoor skills through actives such as camping, hiking and aquatics.
On a personal note, I can tell you as a pastor I have watched many young people participate in the Boy Scouts. In virtually every case it has had a very positive impact on their lives. Some have gone on to receive their Eagle Scout Award and almost all have used what they learned in Boy Scouts in adulthood.
The Boy Scouts first came to DUMC in November of 1951 and for the last 69 plus years, Troop 266 has been an integral part of this congregation. The first Scout Master was Hugh Spruill and the first Committee Chair was Glenn Austin. Currently, Scott Madden serves as Scout Master and Wright Dempsey as Cubmaster.
In addition to recognizing them during the worship services this Sunday, they will be participating by reading the Scripture and assisting with Communion and ushering. We are grateful for Troop 266’s participation in this service and for those who give their time to lead them.