From the United Methodist Church monthly Men's Ministry newsletter
(quoted from a note on Scouts-L in June 2008)
"It is with great excitement that we announce two new awards to recognize adult scouters and UM churches.
The Silver Torch Award was created for persons who have rendered valuable service through scouting ministries at the jurisdictional and general church and central conference levels. It goes beyond the existing Torch Award given for service at the annual conference level. Unlike any other UM adult recognition, there is no tenure requirement. It is expected that nominees have an exemplary record of service through scouting ministries and/or UM youth. An attractive medallion and accompanying certificate is bestowed upon honorees.
Cost is $75. A three-member committee reviews applications periodically.
The Shepherd Church Charter Recognition was developed to recognize UM churches for sponsoring scouting groups (Boy Scout troops, Chub Scout packs, Venture crews, Girl Scout troops, Camp Fire and 4-H clubs and mentoring ministries like Big Brothers Big Sisters).Qualifying criteria, in addition to sponsorship, includes offering the God and Country series to youth and related items. Cost is $40 for the initial charter (recognition certificate) and annual renewal. Pastors of recipient churches will receive a subscription to Scouting News and notices about training opportunities among other benefits.
UM menís groups are encouraged to cover the first yearís charter fee as an appropriate option in celebrating 100 years of menís ministry. One charter covers one or more church groups.
detailed information concerning the requirements of the God and Me,
God and Family, God and Church, and God and Life religious
emblems, look under the heading "Protestant" in Part 2 of this book.
Methodist Church, Youth Engaging Services, Youth Ministry Explorer Post,
YES-5013 (this number appears to be in error, this number is the same as for the
Cross and Flame Award).
Additional resources may be found under the heading "Protestant" in Part
2 of this book.
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Louis, Missouri 63123
These numbers are in the following order: Student, Counselor,
and Mentor. These numbers are for the new Religous Emblem Guides,
replacing previous materials. Scouts and Counselors may continue to use
older resource materials until supplies are exhausted. Note: There is
a special United Methodist supplement for the God and Church
For recognizing outstanding service to youth for at least five years at
the local level.
For recognizing outstanding service to youth for at least ten years at
the annual conference level (limited to 1 per year plus one for each
100,000 members or fraction thereof.
For recognizing outstanding leadership at the national level.
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