*Crew Advisors must be mature and experienced Scouting/Venturing leaders.
*They must be active members of The United Methodist Church, familiar with the concept of Scouting as Ministry.
*They must be able to work well with the NAUMS Board of Directors and with other leaders to recruit, finance, and carry off this program.
NAUMS sponsored its first-ever United Methodist crew at Philmont this past summer. From that experience, we are putting together a program to standardize what we hope to achieve through this ministry. Key to what we expect from the crews we sponsor are the following.
1. NAUMS will provide a devotional and practical outline of doing a trek based in UM spiritual practice. Crews will be expected to use this material. The overall title of our program is "The Children of Jedediah Smith," Smith being the iconic mountain man (and Methodist) who led the opening up of the Rocky Mountains. He is our "patron saint" for this adventure.
2. While at Philmont, the two crews will follow complementary itineraries, which will allow them to meet during the trek (preferably on a layover) and do some important things together. If no clergy are with either crew, then we will try to hook up the two crews at this time with a UM chaplain for a service.
3. We expect our crews to be "co-ed capable." That means the local leadership for each crew must include both male and female leaders.
4. Youth (and adults) attending need to be affiliated in some way with our UM Scouting Ministry. That means that each participant must be either a) a United Methodist oneself, or b) registered in a UM-chartered Troop or Crew. Since this is a church-sponsored trek, the participants will worship together. At some point, holy communion will be offered. This should be made plain to the participants. We welcome non-UMs to participate in our Scouting Ministry, but this is not just another Philmont trek. This is an adventure in spiritual formation as well as one of the premier Scouting experiences.
5. We are attempting to pick Advisors from different parts of the country, in order to spread the opportunity around to do this trek. In addition, Philmont strongly suggests (and we concur) that we should endeavor to have full crews. A full crew is twelve (12) persons; no more than four can be adults, and if there are fewer than twelve in a crew, adults cannot outnumber youth. So we want Advisors who are open to taking eligible youth from other Troop and Crews with them, as space allows.
5. Philmont's schedule for payments is not flexible. Crew Advisors need to get right on the business of recruiting participants and raising money.
For more information, please contact Art Collins, President of NAUMS. You may also reply through this LiveJournal/Facebook posting with your e-mail address.