Local Scouts BSA troop and pack 850 attended Sunday services at Guthrie First United Methodist Church to help participate in the annual “Scout Sunday” where troops visit local churches who help support them throughout the year.
Scout Sunday is usually selected as a Sunday in February to correspond with the birthday of Sir Robert Baden Powell, who founded the scouting movement.
In attendance was Charlie Jones, scoutmaster for Guthrie troop 850.
“My affiliation with the church is through the scouting program. I have been with the scouts for ten years,” Jones said. “We came here today to say thank you to the church and their members for being a charter organization for our program. We also want to thank them for their partnership and for letting us use their basement for our scouting activities and meetings. It is so important for our scouting members to know they have a space that is their own and the support of the community.”
Doug Cook is serving his 27th year as a council level volunteer for scouts, and to him Sunday was especially meaningful because it is a part of the scouting program.
“Scout Sunday is an annual tradition for scouts to recognize their duty to God. A scout is reverent and this is an important part of the organization,” Cook said.
Alan Nagel, Guthrie First United Methodist church pastor echoed their sentiments.
“We are so excited to have the scouts come to church with us today. Our church has a rich history of supporting scouting in the past and present. We are so glad to help provide space, facilities, and guidance to the scouts for all the work they do in our community,” Nagel said. “It has been a privilege to have them join us today, and we look forward to this event every year.”