The Association of African Methodist episcopal scouts

The Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts (AAMES) has been chartered to encourage every African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church to organize and support a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout Unit. AAMES is recognized by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA). This association encourages local AME Churches to charter scouting units, identify and train adults to serve as leaders, and invite youth to join scouting starting at age 5. AAMES’ leaders are committed to ensuring that every scout that falls under the banner of the AME Church succeeds in achieving the Girl Scouts Gold Award and completing the Scouts BSA Eagle Rank by age 18. AAMES promotes duty to God, academic, decision making, money management, and leadership skills. AAMES also promotes self-confidence and business ethics as well as a sense of environmental and social justice advocacy, all under the guidance of GSUSA and BSA.


The mission of this Association is to encourage and support African Methodist Episcopal (AME) congregations and their youth ministries, using the programs of the Scouts BSA and GSUSA by: (1) encouraging AME congregations to incorporate scouting into their programs of leadership training and community outreach; and (2) fostering individual religious growth of youth and adults through the religious recognition program of the AME Church.


AAMES aspires to excel as a valuable, effective, and influential organization by advancing scouting through the collaboration of religion, service, and community resources. AAMES is striving to involve more young people and adults through Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts programs that will help them develop as Christian leaders and reach other families throughout our local communities. AAMES envisions establishing a clear link between the Christian principles of the AME Church and the values and principles of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Executive Team

Bishop Frank Madison Reid, Chair of the Commissionon Christian Education
Bishop Frank Madison Reid III

Chair of the Commission on Christian Education

Dr. Garland Pierce, Executive Director, Christian Education
Rev. Garland F. Pierce

Executive Director of Department of Christian Education

Rev. Dr. Missiouri McPhee

Connectional Director of Boy Scouts

Michele Neal, Director, Girl Scouts
Ms. Michele Neal

Connectional Director of Girl Scouts

Milton Chambliss, Assistant Director of Boy Scouts
Mr. Milton Chambliss

Assistant Director of Boy Scouts

Jesse Trigg, Secretary
Ms. Jesse Trigg


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Ms. Jacqueline Little

Assistant Secretary

Robert McRath, Financial Secretary
Mr. Robert McRath

Financial Secretary

Mr. Clarence Crayton


Dr. Cellestine Cheeks, Chaplain
Dr. Cellestine Cheeks


Anthony Franklin, Historiographer
Mr. Anthony Franklin, Sr.


Myron Ford, Parliamentarian
Mr. Myron Ford


Our History

The motto of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is: God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit our Comforter, Humankind our Family. AAMES is a scout leaders association that has gained official recognition from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) and Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

AAMES History
The Great Walkout at St. George Methodist Episcopal Church

The AMEC grew out of the Free African Society (FAS) which Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others established in Philadelphia. When officials at St. George’s MEC pulled blacks off their knees while praying, FAS members discovered just how far American Methodists would go to enforce racial discrimination against African Americans. Hence, these members of St. George’s made plans to transform their mutual aid society into an African congregation. Although most wanted to affiliate with the Protestant Episcopal Church, Allen led a small group who resolved to remain Methodists.

AAMES History
The AME Church was formally incorporated

To establish Bethel’s independence from interfering white Methodists, Allen, a former Delaware slave, successfully sued in the Pennsylvania courts in 1807 and 1815 for the right of his congregation to exist as an independent institution. Because black Methodists in other middle Atlantic communities encountered racism and desired religious autonomy, Allen called them to meet in Philadelphia to form a new Wesleyan denomination, the AME.

AAMES History
Scouting in the AME Church was established

Scouting is included in The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the AME Church’s governing document and is included in the current edition.

One of the earliest Chartered Boy Scout Troops is Troop 51 at Pearl Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi, and continues to produce strong scouts.

AAMES History
The Association of AME Scouts (AAMES) is formed

AAMES was formed under the leadership of the fourth Executive Director of the Department of Christian Education, Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Hill, an Eagle Scout, bringing together boy and girl scouts leaders from AME congregations together to advance the scouting ministry within the church.

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