At our church we ran the God and Me program for the Cub Scouts in our church to earn their Emblem of Faith. Information on the program can be found at:
The books were purchased at our local Boy Scout store. I bought the workbook, a Counselor’s Manual and the Adult Mentor book. The Adult Mentor book wasn’t needed but was helpful for prayer ideas.
We ended up with 5 boys in the class, four in the Wolves level and one Bear. We invited others, but the timing wasn’t right for them.
I met with our pastor before starting all of this. He was very familiar with the program and was very supportive. Our pastor’s requirements were to learn the Lord’s Prayer (already part of the program), memorize a bible verse and complete 3 service projects for the church.
For our service projects, we:
– Sharpened pencils in the Narthex each week we met
– Picked up trash around the church the last week we met
– Made a tied fleece blanket for the Quilts for Kids program, which give blankets to a local battered women’s shelter.
The program ended up running for 5 weeks. We had one 2-part lesson per week and the extra session was to finish the service projects. If a child missed a week, they did their lessons at home with their parents. A parent from each family stayed to work with the kids.
We also had several kids who weren’t the right age for the program attend as they were siblings. We had some crafts and the oldest girl (who was too old for God and Me) helped keep an eye on the littler kids. They all participated with gusto in the service projects.
For the program, each child needed a workbook, a shoebox covered with paper to make the Gamebox. Stock the Gamebox with pencils, 3X5 note cards, scissors and glue sticks. Each week the child brings their workbook, Bible, Gamebox and an electric pencil sharpener. Week 1 bring a small photo of the child – for page 6 of the workbook.
We had each family bring the snack one week. Stickers are a good incentive for good behavior – they can be used to decorate the Gamebox.
Schedule weeks 1-4
Bible verse for week – read it and write it on a note card
Opening Prayer (I used suggestions from the Adult Mentor book for these prayers)
Lesson part 1
Sharpen pencils in Narthex and from kids activity bags
Lesson part 2
Games and Gamebox
Lord’s Prayer (they need to have it memorized by the third lesson)
Recite verses for Pastor
Pick up trash around church
Make sliders (each made two, 1 with Lutheran Seal and a fun one)
I picked out four bible verses for the program to help the wolves meet some of the Duty to God requirements for the wolves. These are the verses:
Week One: Deuteronomy 6:5 (Love the Lord your God with…) Talked about Duty to God
Week Two: John 3:16 (ties in to lesson too) talked about statement of faith
Week Three: Matthew 22:39 (Love your neighbor as yourself) again talked about Duty to God
Week Four: 2 Thessalonians 3:13 (Continue to do what is right) talked about showing your faith
There were some related projects that we ran, that worked well with the program and gave the boys more scouting achievements.
Requirement 7d – pick up litter
Requirement 11b – Duty to God
Requirement 11c – 2 ideas to demonstrate your beliefs and do 1
Requirement 11d – How can you help the church
Elective 6c – caring for books and make a cover – using Bible (week 3)
Elective 9c – make a gift (blanket)
Elective 11c – learn and sing a song that can be used as grace (ties into week 3 lesson)
Elective 12a – make a free hand sketch (lesson 1)
Requirement 2 – earn emblem of faith
Requirement 24a – help a cub scout through Bobcat (we happened to have one boy working on Bobcat, so the one Bear helped him learn the things he needed to the first week instead of sharpening pencils)
Requirement 24d – tell two people they have done a good job. During the second week, there is a part of the lesson with mirror writing, the bear was shown how to read the writing in the mirror, and he then showed each of the wolves how to do it. He did tell each of them they did a good job when they were done.
Art Pin #9 book cover
Citizenship Loop #3 Service Project
Communicating Pin #10 New Game
Reading/Writing Pin #5 book cover
The medals were presented on Scout Sunday. The boys were the greeters that week before the service. The pastor had each boy read his verse during the church service. We decided to read after one boy got flustered (there were tears) trying to recite his verse from memory. The medals were given to the parents, who pinned them on the boys. The pastor then had congregation reaffirm the vow to help raise the boys in Christian faith. The boys then presented the blanket to the Quilts for Kids program.
The boys also recieved their religious knots at their pack meetings.