Here’s a link to a nice article about how local churches are leveraging the scouting program to benefit young men and their local communities through service efforts:
Quotes from the article:
- “Several Baptist churches in Florida have embraced scouting as a ministry to children and youth…
- Dan Ford is chairman of the Troop Committee for First Baptist Orlando’s Boy Scout Troop 40 which numbers about 40 boys with 15 adult volunteers…he achieved the Eagle Scout rank at 15 under the leadership of Navy chiefs/scoutmasters.
- His three teenaged children are homeschooled and are active in scouting. About one third of the members of Troop 40 are homeschooled children, Ford said…“From my perspective, I see the troop as a ministry and an outreach. We reach a cross section of the community,” he said. “We are training our young men to be our future leaders.”
- The church is also the focus of many of the troop’s service projects. The Boy Scouts helped build a playground for elementary age children and “repainted, resealed and re-stained” a playground for preschoolers. They built bat houses and planters on the church campus and built clothes racks for the church food pantry.
- Bob Bridges is scoutmaster of Troop 474 that was chartered by Fruit Cove Baptist Church in 2004 with four scouts and their leaders.
- Forty-five scouts and their 15 adult leaders now meet on the church campus on Monday evenings…
- “It is a constructive and wholesome activity for the boys, something with outdoor activities. It also builds friendships—sometimes outside their school classes and church groups,” he said.