Bishop visits scouts, leaders at summer camp

July 03, 2018
By Steve Bays
I had the honor of taking Bishop Leonard Fairley to visit Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at their summer camp near Bardstown, Kentucky, on Wednesday, June 20. Pastor Paul Frederick, the scout council’s religious emblems coordinator, also joined us. 

We visited a day camp for the Cub Scouts (ages 6-11 ) and then visited the Boy Scouts (ages 11-18 ) at their camp. The bishop saw many scouts learning and having fun in areas such as BB gun and rifle shooting, archery,  aquatics, nature, a climbing tower and a high ropes course.

He was able to visit camps and meet leaders from Kentucky Annual Conference churches that were there that week – Mosaic and St. Matthews from Louisville, St. John from Hopkinsville, as well as the troop sponsored by the Kavanaugh Center.

We closed the tour with a cookout and dinner with troop leaders in the dining hall. One of the highlights was the bishop getting his new Crooked Creek hat branded at the camp’s Pioneer Village Blacksmith shop. The bishop enjoyed getting out and seeing one of the large church youth ministries up close.

More about scouting and the UMC
The BSA is proud of its long-standing relationship with the United Methodist Church. The UMC sponsors more than 342,000 youth in BSA's programs. We have been the single largest sponsor of Cub Scouts for many years. The Lincoln Heritage Council covering central and western Kentucky has 83 Methodist churches sponsoring 143 scouting programs with a total of more than 5,000 youth and adults.

The commitment of the Kentucky Annual Conference to share with youth reaches thousands. Every rank advancement involves doing their duty to God, and the last of the 12 scout laws is: A Scout is Reverent. All scouts show this by being faithful in their duty to God. Some go further and give special service, which can qualify them for a religious emblem and encourage them to grow stronger in their faith. 

A total of 249 religious awards were given to scouts in Kentucky by the PRAY organization (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth). For more information on religious emblems, see the organization’s website at or contact Pastor Paul Frederick at (270) 612-0300,  For more information on scouting, youth and adult awards and church awards such as the Bishop's Scouting Award of Excellence, contact me at (502) 403-6900 or

Steve Bays is the KAC’s scouting coordinator and scouting ministry specialist.