Scouting workshop provides wealth of new ideas
ISLAMORADA, Fla.—Twenty-five Scout leaders from a dozen different states gathered for a Scouting Ministry Workshop, Feb. 17-20, at the BSA Florida Sea Base.
“The course is different from year to year because it draws a variety of new participants and staff who bring to the table their ministry and scouting experiences,” said Susan Lawyer, the course director. “I know the charters and scouting units will be blessed by the knowledge and new contacts that each participant is taking home,
“I know I’m going home with a wealth of new ideas and information myself,” said Lawyer, a scouting ministry specialist from Cypress, Texas.
“It was great to have a wealth of knowledge and experience in a single setting focused on furthering the scouting ministry of the church,” said the Rev. Doug Stewart, chief chaplain at Memorial Health System in Belleville, Ill “I learned a lot, had some great fellowship with an amazing group of UM scouters and came away with many ideas how I can improve ministry in my church, conference and scouting council.”
The four-day exhaustive study covered topics such as the awards program of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), UMC awards and recognitions, and civic youth-serving agencies like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Cliff Coan, DeLeon, Texas, served as assistant course director.
The Rev. Scott Pickering, Newnan, Ga., and Yolanda Wareham, Jonesboro, Ga., served as “shepherds” (group leaders). And Mark Wappel, a BSA professional staff member, also served on staff.
It wasn’t all work for the participants. They also enjoyed a sunset cruise, deep-sea fishing, and sightseeing in Key West.
Six UM clergy participants assisted with the outside worship service at the Sea Base chapel.