Posted by: morgan1965 | September 19, 2010

Hanging Out With the Boy Scouts

Each year, the West Virginia Conference United Methodist Men gather at Jackson’s Mill Conference Center outside of Weston, WV for their Retreat which is a spiritual experience. The men, however, do not gather alone. They invite numerous Boy Scout Troops to camp at the Mill for the weekend. Special programs are prepared for the boys by the UMM and the scout leaders. One such program is the Saturday night camp fire service that includes a guest speaker.

This year, on Sunday, September 12, 2010, 455 boy scouts and scout leaders came to the Mill for the weekend. Many of these scout troops are hosted by United Methodist Churches in West Virginia. There are a number of United Methodist pastors and lay men serving as scout leaders.

Scouting ministry is a vital an important ministry. I firmly believe that scouting can and does make a difference in the lives of the participants.

I commend the local churches that sponsor a scout unit. It is important to remember that scouting is for boys and girls. If your local church does not sponsor a scout unit, I encourage you to look into the possibility of sponsoring a scout unit.

The West Virginia Conference Scouting Committee is doing a good job in supporting and encouraging scout ministries in our local churches. Scouting can help a boy to grow and mature as a youth. Scouting also encourages the participants to grow in their faith. The God and Country Award is one vehicle that assists in this kind of growth.

It is a joy and a privilege to have the opportunity to be the preacher at the Sunday morning worship service during the annual Retreat. It is an awesome experience to stand before that gathering of boy scouts and United Methodist Men. We also share in the sacrament of Holy Communion together.

I thank God that I had the opportunity to be a boy scout. Scouting helped to make a difference in my life.



  1. Bishop Lyght: It is one of the high moments of the United Methodist Men’s weekend to have you be among us as brother and friend. Your presence during the Men’s / Scouting Worship Service is one of holiness and I commend you for your commitment to this precious time. May God continue to pour the Holy Spirit upon your ministry, to all of us, in the United Methodist Church, as United Methodist Men, through Scouting Ministries and beyond. I pray that you will encourage and bring to light how important this particular weekend is in the lives of men and to scouting in West Virginia. Shalom, ~ Mona J.

  2. Bishop Lyght: As President of the United Methodist Men for the WVAC, it is always a pleasure for you come to join us at Jackson’s Mill. As you know, this is a weekend of revitalization for the men of the WVAC, a time of spiritual renewal and fellowship with others across the connection. The highlight of the weekend is the opportunity to gather with the scouts all across this great state and to share in an experience with the UMMen. I have shared with our Conference Scout Coordinator the fact that the cost for this weekend for the scouts is not what is important – the main thing for this gathering is JUST ONE – if one scout is led into relationship with Jesus Christ and we as UMMen make one more disciple for our Lord, the cost is….priceless! Your presence at this event, as our Bishop and friend, shows us that you have a special place in your heart for the United Methodist Men and for Scouting Ministries. Thank you for your continued support, prayers and efforts to support this great gathering. Fred Jackson, President, WVAC UM Men p.s. the coat will be there next year!

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