Midway UMC is home to three scouting organizations:
Boy Scouts Troop 457 (grades 6-12)
American Heritage Girls Troop 457 (grades K-12)
Cub Scouts Pack 807 (grades 1-5)
Since 1910, Boy Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Over a century later, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to:
- Try new things
- Provide service to others
- Build self-confidence
- Reinforce ethical standards
Scouting goes beyond teaching teamwork and basic skills, encouraging youth to serve others in their community. The program also provides youth with an assurance that they are important as individuals, that their fellow Scouts care about what happens to them. Lastly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when faced with hard decisions, Scouts learn that they can resist peer pressure and make the right choices.
Midway UMC is proud to have chartered Boy Scout Troop 457 for decades, serving generations of Scouts who have gone on to impact the world around them. Troop members and leaders need not be members of Midway UMC.
Visit the Troop 457 site at http://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop457Alpharetta/
American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a faith-based scouting organization for girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The program emphasizes life skill enhancement (more than 80 different badges can be earned), developing teamwork & building confidence, social development, leadership, character development, and spiritual development. As a girl moves through the program, requirements for badges and other achievements will become more challenging.
In addition to sports pins and service stars, American Heritage Girls have the opportunity to earn badges from six different areas:
- Heritage – includes badges such as Citizenship & Government, Native American, and Caring For My Environment
- Family Living – includes badges such as Cooking, Home Care & Repair, Stick Shifts & Safety Belts, and Money Management
- Arts – includes badges such as Cinematography, Creative Writing, Music Performance, and Theater
- Outdoor Skills – includes badges such as Archery, Canoeing, Cycling, Fishing, Golf, Horsemanship, and Snow Skiing & Snowboarding
- Personal Well-Being – includes badges such as Emergency Preparedness, Physical Fitness, Sign Language, and Travel
- Science and Technology – includes badges such as Aviation, Geology, Internet Adventure, Space Exploration, and Zoology
Midway’s AHG troop has been quite active since its inception in 2012. In addition to local outings such as ziplining, camping, fishing, cycling, snorkeling and much more, the troop participates in at least one big adventure each spring. Past events have included sleeping aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC; Space Camp in Huntsville, AL; and overnighting at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. The troop is open to girls of ALL faiths, and scouts need not be members of Midway UMC.
For more information on AHG, contact Troop Coordinator Heather Felice.