AAMES - Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts
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Scouting in the AME Church was established in 1938, and it is included in the AME Church Book of Doctrine and Discipline. The Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts (AAMES) was formed in 1993, bringing together Boy and Girl Scout leaders from AME congregations to advance the scouting ministry within the church. The mission is to encourage and support AME congregations with their youth ministries using the programs established by GSUSA and BSA by:
Encouraging AME congregations to incorporate scouting into their Christian education programs for youth leadership and community outreach;
Fostering religious growth through religious awards programs, such as the God and Country Award Program and the AME Bishop’s Award of Excellence;
Promoting the desire to achieve higher educational goals by offering scholarships to youth earning their GSUSA Gold Award or BSA Eagle Scout Award;
Establishing a clear link between Christian principles as taught in the Holy Bible and the morals and values as projected in GSUSA and BSA programs; and
Providing another means of recreational and social interaction and development for youth.