Arlington UMC's Boy Scout Troop 452 celebrated 20 years of many scouting accomplishments this month
Senior Patrol Leader Tyler Crisp (foreground) speaks during the October 2018 anniversary celebration. (Submitted photo)
By Teresa Pinkston Rector
Scouting Ministries Coordinator
Arlington United Methodist Church
Boy Scouts of America was born Feb. 8, 1910. United Methodist Churches generally celebrate Scouting Ministries Sunday on the second Sunday in February to commemorate this date.
Scouting has prepared millions of youth nationwide for a lifetime of achievement, including notable Eagle Scouts Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon; Gerald Ford, first Eagle Scout to become U.S. president; Hank Aaron, first baseball player to break Babe Ruth’s record; and Steve Fossett, first person to fly a balloon around the world.
The very first Boy Scout charter in Arlington, Tennessee, was Troop 225 chartered to the Arlington Parent Teacher Association. James Wilson was the scoutmaster (father of Arlington United Methodist Church member Janet Phillips / grandfather of Wilson Phillips). He has helped Troop 452 with our disabilities awareness merit badge as Wilson has Cerebral Palsy and is director of handicapped services for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, where he earned his degree. Rick Phillips (Arlington United Methodist Church member and husband of Janet and father of Wilson referenced above) is to this day on the Board of Directors at Kia Kima Boy Scout Resident Camp in Hardy, Arkansas.
On Monday, Oct. 22, Boy Scout Troop 452, chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church (UMC) in Arlington, Tennessee, celebrated 20 years of scouting since its founding in 1999 (well, a few months early as we will be beginning our twentieth year with a new church recharter in January 2019).
Cub Scout Pack 452 was born in 1999 with only seven cub scouts meeting at Arlington Elementary School (AES) under the direction of founders Scott Borgmier and Jim Vineyard. Pack 452 moved from AES to be chartered by Arlington UMC, then pastored by Rev. Kim Allen Kulow, who worked with our scouting units from 2000 to 2002, followed by the support of Rev. Deb Christiansen from 2002 to 2009, Rev. Ken Stewart from 2009 to 2015 and Rev. Larry Woodruff from 2015 to the present. Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 452 are very grateful for the support and contributions of all of these pastors to the scouting ministry program at Arlington UMC.
The beginning of 2019 will mark the beginning of 452's twentieth year as a pack/troop. The troop was added as the seven scouts advanced to crossover and other community boys joined the troop who were never in the pack.
We added the God and Country religious program in 2003 (now called PRAY, Programs of Religion with Adults and Youth). There are four levels: God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, God and Life.
The very first ever Boy Scout Service Project was in 1910 when scouts were asked by President Theodore Roosevelt to collect walnut shells for gun stocks for the war effort. Carrying on that tradition, we still participate in a military service project with our troop collecting "Cell Phones for Soldiers" and writing notes of encouragement for deployed service personnel.
Troop 452 now has 32 Eagle Scouts on record between 1999 and 2018. Our scouting units have grown from seven boys to 160 total scouts on the combined pack/troop rosters: 96 in Cub Scout Pack 452 and 64 in Boy Scout Troop 452.
There were 96 people in attendance at Troop 452’s twentieth birthday celebration, including Pastor Larry Woodruff of our chartered organization Arlington UMC, current scouts, leaders/families, founders Scott Borgmier and Jim Vineyard, and several former longtime leaders. Rev. Woodruff graciously opened us in a word of prayer and is often in attendance at many of our special events offering support or a kind word.
Arlington UMC offered several vases of flowers to adorn the tables when they heard about our event. Our scouting ministry is blessed by this supportive congregation.
Senior Patrol Leader Tyler Crisp prepared for weeks with a witty speech and many scouts took part in some skits to celebrate the occasion. We were also honored with some history and trivia of Arlington UMC’s scouting units by Borgmier and Vineyard who brought some pictures from the early days of scouting at Arlington UMC. Guests enjoyed a potluck fellowship meal and a celebratory cake.
On Oct. 24, I was honored to find in my mailbox a “20 years of continuous service to youth” certificate for Boy Scout Troop 452. It is signed by Gilbert Hanke, General Commission on United Methodist Men and Steven Scheid, Director, Center for Scouting Ministries of The United Methodist Church.