History of Scouting Ministries at Arlington UMC
Cub Scout Pack 452 started in 1999 at Arlington Elementary School and moved to Arlington United Methodist Church as its chartered organization in 2000 founded by Scott Borgmier and Jim Vineyard. Pack 452 started with only 7 boys, adding Boy Scout Troop to AUMC’s scouting ministry in 2002. The God and Country religious emblems program for scouts was added in 2003. The Pack has grown from its roots with 7 boys to more than 100 cub scouts grades 1-5. And, Boy Scout Troop 452 currently has 55 active scouts in middle school and high school grades 6-12.
Scouting as a ministry of the church reaches out to people and welcomes them into the church, relates people to God and helps them deepen their relationship with God. The teacher of the gospel is like the sower in the scriptures. He does not make his seed; it is given him by his divine Master. The teacher learns the gospel from the Master, and fills his basket with the good seed of the Kingdom. He then goes forth in his Master’s name and scatters precious truth. He has to leave the seed in the care of the Lord who gave it to him, for he is not responsible for the harvest, he is only accountable for the care and industry with which he does his work. The sower will be rewarded by His Master if he had planted the right seed with a careful hand.
• Scouting as a ministry offers moral training and discipline
• Scouting offers churches a community outreach “TOOL” to encourage youth and adults to be involved in the community
• Scouting also opens opportunities for “intergenerational ministry,” allowing adults to work with young people in a way they can’t in other programs
• And, finally, scouting has afforded the youth a hands-on opportunity for service in the Mission field through such projects as Reelfoot Toys for the Christmas Store in rural Northwest Tennessee; Blessings Bags for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home; Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society; and, for a “good turn project,” scouts built sections of split rail fencing for a local historical site, two wheelchair ramps for Methodist Hospice, picnic tables for the church and the local baseball fields, and picnic tables with a wheelchair accessible notch cut out and raised garden boxes for 8 assisted living facilities managed by Golden Cross Senior Ministries, a conference connectional ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Pack 452 is for young boys in grades 1-5. Cubs are grouped into dens by grade for the following levels:
Tiger cubs (1st Grade), Wolf cubs(2nd Grade), Bear Cubs (3rd Grade), Webelos (4th Grade) and Arrow of Light (5th Grade).
The 5 Dens are part of the Pack, and Chartered Organization Rep Teresa Rector, Cubmaster Buddy Burkett and Troop Committee Chair Frank Seery as “Key 3” work side by side with assistant cubmasters, den leaders and many other committee members and parent volunteers who take on special tasks throughout the year. Cub Scout Den Meetings are held each Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. in the Arlington UMC gym with Pack Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the church Sanctuary where scouts and families come together to celebrate the scouts receiving awards earned in the prior month. Cub Scouting teaches boys confidence by learning to do for himself, relationships by interacting with other boys as well as adult akelas or mentors, offers a chance for quality family time, instills values and teaches one to make moral and ethical choices and teaches leadership and citizenship.
For more information or to sign your son up for cub scouts at Arlington United Methodist Church, contact Chartered Organization Rep/Religious Coordinator Teresa Rector firstname.lastname@example.org 901-335-8050 cell or Cubmaster Buddy Burkett email@example.com 901-488-7554. Both Teresa and Buddy are members of the church and can assist you with information on scouting ministries at Arlington UMC.
Troop 452 is for young men, grades 6-12. The scouts lead the troop in conjunction with trained adult volunteers. A patrol leaders council comprised of scouts in supervised leadership roles are elected by their peers. The Troop “Key 3” are Chartered Organization Rep. Teresa Rector, Troopmaster Will Jerden and Troop Committee Chair Val Barratt. Troop Meetings are held each Monday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the church gym. Courts of Honors celebrating rank advancement, merit badges and other scouting awards are usually held quarterly in the church sanctuary on dates to be published via email. A Troop leaders’ committee meeting is held the first Monday of each month at 7:15 upstairs over the gym to plan calendars, camping trips, service hours opportunities etc. and each leader in a specific role has an opportunity to present his/her udates. Parents are always invited and encouraged to sit in on the leaders meeting, hear what is being planned for their scout and has an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
Boy Scout Troop 452 is a boy led troop where the boys have an opportunity to learn new skills, an opportunity to hold leadership positions and to fail safely in a contained environment under the supervision of adult leadership to grow as young men.
Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 452 comprise an award winning scouting ministry, the only UMC across West Tennessee and Kentucky to be awarded the Bishop’s Award of Excellence in Scouting meeting all 7 criteria. The Bishop’s Award of Excellence in Scouting will be present to Rev. Larry Woodruff and Lay Leader Thom Henning on behalf of Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 452 chartered by Arlington UMC at Pastor’s annual conference in June 2018 in Paducah, Kentucky by Rev. Dr. Joe Geary who serves the Memphis Conference as the Director of Conference Connectional Ministries. These awards will be honoring Pastor Larry and our chartered organization church, Arlington United Methodist. We are most grateful to the church members who are an integral part of our success having serving us as guest speakers, chaperones, carpenters who have helped us build birdhouses and crosses for service projects or rank requirements, making our tent stakes out of railroad iron for more sturdiness, working with us side by side on service hours during church events and giving us an opportunity to serve during events like the Easter EggStravaganza, Halloween Trunk or Treat and church mission fish fry fundraiser.
Our boy scout troop has earned awards and advancements and has 23 Eagles on record since our charter began with AUMC in 2000.
Both Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 452 annually participate in a number of service projects including colorguard for Arlington Softball Baseball League Opening Day, Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and the Town of Arlington’s Memorial and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies; Pack 452 serves The Help Group in Bartlett and serves our Chartered Organization raking leaves to keep the grounds beautiful; Boy Scout Troop has a long relationship with Habitat for Humaniy, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home and has built wheelchair ramps for children in hospice through Methodist Hospice’s Quality of Life for All Kids and annually sponsors a child in need for the holidays. Serving the church and community and upholding our scout oath and law to do “Duty to God” are key elements as well as learning skills in first aid, nature and citizenship are of utmost importance.
For more information on either the Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop, to visit a meeting or join scouting ministries at Arlington UMC, contact either Teresa 335-8050 cell firstname.lastname@example.org *Teresa and Buddy are both members of Arlington UMC and can help you plug into scouting ministries or other areas of the church for families who may be looking for a church home. Our church also has wonderful children’s and youth ministries as well as adult offerings and worship for all ages.