Phil Craig elected president of National Association of United Methodist Scouters


Phil Craig of Paris, Tenn., new president of NAUMS, holds his grandson, Remington Craig. Submitted photo

The Scout Sunday Patch is one project of the National Association of United Methodist Scouters.

Phil Craig of Paris First UMC in Paris, Tenn., has been elected as the new president of the National Association of United Methodist Scouters (NAUMS).

A 16-member NAUMS board voted Craig into the position during this year’s national United Methodist Men (UMM) Gathering in July in Nashville. 
Affiliated with the General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM), NAUMS supports scouting and civic, youth-serving ministries like Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Camp Fire USA, 4-H and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Scout Sunday patches and special edition Bibles are among its projects. 
Craig has served NAUMS as vice president for a year and currently serves as the scouting coordinator for the Memphis Conference.
The new NAUMS president began his 50-year career in Scouting as a Cub Scout in 1956 and since then, has earned several honors including the Silver Beaver, the District Award of Merit, the Arrowhead Award for Commissioner Service and the Scoutmasters Key. He has also served the Boy Scouts of America in many different roles such as advisor, Scoutmaster, Cub master and committee chairman.
Outside the Scouts, Craig has served his community and his church in many positions including Sunday school teacher, Masonic Lodge master, Tennessee Wildlife Federation Board of Directors member and vice president, Girl Scouts of America unit committee chairman and Paris Optimist Club president.
Craig began his three-year term as NAUMS president on Aug. 1 and said his main goal during his time in office will be to reconnect with the organization’s members. 
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