The Barnum Community United Methodist Church has been the Chartered Organization for Troop 169 for 3 years now. The Troop is very thankful for the support the church gives us, but there are many times where it seems like we’ve just not connected correctly with them. I say that because I see, hear and read about how many Troops have some awesome support from their Chartered Organization, and I don’t see that happening with ours.
Talking with some of the elders in the church, most of them are of the belief that Boy Scouts is just camping. I think that this misconception is what is causing this disconnect. And I’m pretty certain that the majority of the blame for that falls squarely on my shoulders. When I approached the church about chartering the Troop, I didn’t do a very good job of explaining just what we do in Boy Scouts or how we can be considered a mission or ministry. Trouble is, I’m still not totally sure how to go about it, so we can move closer to a working and supportive relationship. I know we teach camping skills, but we also teach morals, character development, and leadership skills. I realize I’m preaching to the choir here, so I’ll leave it at that.
I’m hoping that there’s some of you out there that might be able to point me in a good direction. Please, if you have literature, a website, or just some general advice to help close the obvious gap between the Troop and the church, I would really appreciate it. I would love to be one of the units to be able to brag about how wonderful the support from our Charter Org is! Don’t get me wrong, our church is doing what it promised to do, and for that I can not complain. I would just like to see our relationship grow and become stronger.
As far as what I did today for Scouts:
- I downloaded the leader’s guide and sub-camp information for Tomahawk Scout Reservation.
- Talked with our Committee Chair about Troop finances.
- I attended and participated in our Pack’s Blue and Gold banquet. We crossed one of three Webelos 2’s over into the Troop. Very thankful we crossed one over, we didn’t expect any this year!