The Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts’ Episcopal Patch Series honors the faith and sacrifices of the men and women who built, led, and continue to lead the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in the 21st century. These men and women not only defended the faith, but worked tirelessly to promote equality, diversity, and excellence for the whole of humanity. The A.M.E. bishops, both past and present participants you will meet in this series were/are devout followers of the God of Liberation who often found themselves getting into “good trouble – necessary trouble” in their fight for racial justice and religious freedom. It is the hope that glimpses into their lives will inspire youth and adults alike to strive to create a more just society.

This patch series is open to ALL (scouts, non-scouts and adults from any scouting or youth servicing organization and persons of EVERY faith and NONE). This learning adventure will allow you to learn about the men and women of the oldest African American denomination in the United States of America.

Scout(s)/youth can elect to earn any of the patches or all of the patches. Once scouts/youth have completed the prerequisite requirements and activities, please order the patch/patches utilizing the order form in the back of the workbook. The cost of each patch is $10. Each patch comes with its own pocket certificate.

Also, please do not forget to send us pictures of the scouts/youth engaged in the various activities. The pictures may appear on our FaceBook page, website, The Journal of Christian Education, or in The Christian Recorder (the world’s oldest Black newspaper) to promote the series.

It is our prayer that scouts/youth will enjoy learning about the Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Please feel free to share the workbooks with others.


Frequently Asked Questions

All youth and adults – scouts or non-scouts, AME or non-AME – are welcome to participate in the Episcopal Patch Series sponsored by the Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts.

No. This activity is considered a religious activity, not a religious emblem. Scouts may not receive a religious knot for earning any of the activity patches.

Any parent or adult who meets the standards that the BSA, GSUSA and/or any religious institution or youth agency has established for youth protection meets the requirement of adult mentor.

Yes. The grade-specific requirements should be completed while in the respective grade level.

Yes. After the requirements and activities are reviewed by your adult leader (scouts, school, other youth agency, or religious institution) or parental unit, please submit answers to the requirements and pictures depicting the activities selected. Please note that the submission of any pictures automatically grants AAMES consent to publish said submissions.

Yes. There may be additional Episcopal Activity Patches released periodically.