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Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts

Scouting in the AME Church was established in 1938, and it is included in the AME Church Book of Doctrine and Discipline. The Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts (AAMES) was formed in 1993, under the leadership of the fourth Executive Director of the Department of Christian Education, Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Hill, an Eagle Scout, bringing together boy and girl scouts leaders from AME congregations together to advance the scouting ministry within the church.

AAMES is a scout leaders association that has gained official recognition from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) and Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

AAMES Scout and Youth Gardening Contest Project 2023
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AAMES Eagle Scout Leadership Award Scholarship 2023
Joyce Charles Cleveland Scholarship

AAMES Report

This short report to the 51st Session of the General Conference highlights the work of the Association of AME Scouts (AAMES) for 2016-2021.

AAMES Scholarships

Charles Cleveland Scholarship and Joyce Charles Scholarship

For more information and the application for these scholarships, please click the button below.

Open Letter to the Boy Scouts of America
from the African Methodist Episcopal Church in response to President Trump’s National Jamboree Speech


AAMES’ mission is to encourage and support AME congregations with their youth ministries using the programs established by GSUSA and BSA by:
  • Encouraging AME congregations to incorporate scouting into their Christian education programs for youth leadership and community outreach;
  • Fostering religious growth through religious awards programs, such as the God and Country Award Program and the AME Bishop’s Award of Excellence;
  • Promoting the desire to achieve higher educational goals by offering scholarships to youth earning their GSUSA Gold Award or BSA Eagle Scout Award;
  • Establishing a clear link between Christian principles as taught in the Holy Bible and the morals and values as projected in GSUSA and BSA programs; and
  • Providing another means of recreational and social interaction and development for youth.

AAMES Officers 2022 – 2026

Rev. Dr. Missiouri McPhee – Director of Boy Scouts
Ms. Michele Neal – Director of Girl Scouts
Mr. Milton Chambliss – Associate Director of Boy Scouts
Rev. Linda Brown Saffore – Associate Director of Girl Scouts
Mr. Jesse Trigg – Secretary
Ms. Jacqueline Little – Assistant Secretary
Mr. Robert McRath – Financial Secretary
Mr. Clarence Crayton – Treasurer
Dr. Celestine Cheeks – Chaplain
Mr. Anthony Franklin, Sr. – Historiographer
Mr. Myron Ford – Parliamentarian

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This patch series is open to ALL (scouts, non-scouts and adults from any scouting or youth servicing organization and persons of EVERY faith and NONE). This learning adventure will allow you to learn about the men and women of the oldest African American denomination in the United States of America.

Scout(s)/youth can elect to earn any of the patches or all of the patches. Once scouts/youth have completed the prerequisite requirements and activities, please order the patch/patches utilizing the order form in the back of the workbook. The cost of each patch is $10. Each patch comes with it’s own pocket certificate.

Also, please do not forget to send us pictures of the scouts/youth engaged in the various activities. The pictures may appear on our FaceBook page, website, The Journal of Christian Education, or in The Christian Recorder (the world’s oldest Black newspaper) to promote the series.

It is our prayer that scouts/youth will enjoy learning about the Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Please feel free to share the workbooks with others.



Programs of Religious Activities with Youth

The African Methodist Episcopal Church and Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) are pleased to announce the creation of a new A.M.E. God and Church medal.   The A.M.E. Church has been a longtime user of the God and Country Program, and this medal will now be used to recognize its youth recipients at the 6th-8th grade level.  At this level, young people are provided with the opportunity to work with their pastor, to understand the church’s structures and objectives, and to participate in service projects that will give them a better understanding of the mission of the church.   The God and Church booklets listed below are available at local council stores or from P.R.A.Y. at 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

#33599 God and Church Student Workbook (for the student)

#33600 God and Church Counselor Manual (for the pastor)

#33596 God and Church Mentor Workbook (for the parent)

In addition to the youth award, the AME Church created a new A.M.E. God and Service medal for adults.  The God and Service award recognizes adults for their distinguished service in ministry to young people.  God and Service nomination forms are available at no charge from your local council or from P.R.A.Y.

For more information, please contact P.R.A.Y at 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 or call 1-800-933-7729.

Annual Membership Dues: $40.00
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