10,000 Bibles for 10,000 (Scout) angels
This summer’s Boy Scout National Jamboree is still 86 days away (see the ticker), but Scout leaders associated with Churches of Christ already are developing big ministry plans for the event.
As Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary, Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting plans what executive director Kent Barnett describes as a “dominant presence” at the jamboree, expected to draw 50,000 Scouts, leaders and staff.
The Church of Christ group will provide 11 chaplains, who will serve in various subcamps around the jamboree site in Fort A.P. Hill, Va.
MCCS also intends to distribute 10,000 Bibles to Scouts, mainly during worship services on Sunday, Aug. 1, said Steve Leddy, the organization’s chairman, who is from Cookeville, Tenn. Five Church of Christ worship services will be conducted simultaneously at strategic locations where the scouts, leaders and staff are camping.
Barnett, who is based in Abilene, Texas, explained:
“Our goal is to conduct worship services at multiple locations near the troops instead of conducting one service requiring Scouts to walk many miles in order to worship.”
Bibles will also be handed out both at the MCCS exhibit and by the chaplains in the subcamps. It’s the mission of MCCS to provide the Word to youth and leaders who may not have a church home, Barnett said.
Any Scouts or Scout leaders reading this? Are you planning to attend the jamboree? Please leave a comment and tell us about your plans.
By the way, the reference to 10,000 Bibles reminded me of the hymn “10,000 Angels.” Check out the a cappella version on the YouTube video below.