Anna wants us to switch our program focus to helping kids get their religious emblem awards. The easiest of the various PRAY awards to complete in one go is God and Family for 4th-5th graders. It can easily be done as an overnight retreat. She was thinking one massive retreat at a good indoor facility somewhere, but costs are prohibitive. If we do several smaller retreats at local churches, we could minister to more families at less cost. So, we're thinking of four God and Family retreats in 2020, two in the spring and two in the fall.
Annual Conference is moving to Marion and the possibility of doing our old, traditional free breakfast on the grounds is back. So look for some awesome food at Conference this year, cooked by genuine Scouts (untouched by human hands, in other words). Also, this is the 100th anniversary of UM Scouting. I don't know exactly what that means, since as I have been reminded, there were BSA units chartered to Methodist churches before 1920. But it's a big national hoop-to-do, and we want to take advantage of the opportunity to tell the story of our ministry. So I'll go talk to whoever's taken the Conference Director position about letting us give a report/presentation to the plenary session at Conference this year.
We also plan to present a Torch Award this year (this is a holdover from last year). And, we continue to talk about some sort of recognition item for Methodist Scouting adventures.
All this takes place against the storm clouds gathering over The UMC these days. We talked about the future of our ministry in various scenarios. We can't see more than a year ahead, so we're determined to make this a good year for Indiana UM Scouting Ministry.