The Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts (AAMES) has been chartered to encourage every AME Church to organize and support a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout Unit.
Young people are faced with many challenges including fragile families and disintegrating neighborhoods. By emphasizing ethics and moral values, scouting addresses many of the social concerns of parents and youth in our country.
Scouting is an Outreach Ministry and Service Ministry of the Church. Scouting reaches into the community and brings Boys and Girls into the Church, some for the first time.
This is my story on why Scouting changed my life forever.
Society today is stuck on self-dominance, and not on what is truly needed to be focused on this generation, and totally neglect what’s best for generations of the future. The real focus should come with plans and investments, creating the path of learning on how to equip youth for the future.
The legacy we give to our youth are the examples of our commitment for dedicated change. Youth leaders are greatly needed now, just as they were needed in the past.
I truly believe that the following changed my life. When I was a young 2nd grader, a group of boys bullied me every day. I had to walk over a mile to and from school. Those bullies waited for me 2 blocks from the school and took my milk money for 3 months. I broke down one day and told my teacher what was going on. The principal of the school, Mr. Scott, got word of what was going on and called the Bullies and myself to the principal’s office. That took care of the problem. That is why we need to pay attention to children.
Fast forward to 5th grade, at Garrison Elementary School, located in Centerville, Illinois (Fire Works Station), when one of my teachers asked me to be a Patrol Crossing Boy, and told me he thought I would be good for the job. That really helped my self-esteem.
The next year my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Thomas Fagan, asked me to join the Boy Scouts. Being introduced to scouting allowed me to be introduced to a positive life experience. My life was changed because someone paid enough attention to a little boy, who at one point thought he had no hope. I thank those individuals.
Pay attention to the children and encourage them with positive motivation.
By the way I do not support abuse of anyone.
Scouting trains and exposes our youth to the future.
The Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts is a 501 (c)(3) charity operated by all volunteers, and we have no paid employees or board members. With your support, we will increase scholarship awards and expand programs that enrich the lives and experiences of young people and residents most in need. Your generous donation is much appreciated. Thanks for your support.
Together, we will continue to make a difference!
The Association of AME Scouts (AAMES) was established in 1993 under the leadership of the fourth Executive Director of the Department of Christian Education, the Reverend Kenneth Hill, Ph.D., himself an Eagle Scout. Dr. Hill’s vision was to bring together scout leaders within the African Methodist Episcopal Church to promote and advance the scouting ministry within the Church.
This Year marks AAMES’ 30th anniversary! In honor of 30/30 campaign, we are asking for our supporters, friends, family, and colleagues to donate $30 for each year AAMES has been in existence.
All funds will be utilized to provide an unparalleled experience for our girl scouts and boy scouts at our AAMES Quadrennial S. T.E.M. Camporee, to be held at Camp Lazarus, Columbus, OH (August 1-4, 2024).
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from AAMES (Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts) in troops and units across African Methodist Episcopal Church charter organizations in Maryland, DC and Virginia have embarked upon their first campaign to generate $20,000 to fight against Breast Cancer!
In lieu of running or walking, MAKE A DONATION!
Scouting is a “go to” ministry for the Church when there is a program being planned that needs assistance with ushering, site set-up, flag ceremonies and other services