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Newnan First United Methodist Church has chartered Boy Scout Troop 41 since the 1920's. It is the oldest Troop in the Coweta District and one of the oldest troops in the Flint River Council, which is comprised of eight counties. Troop 41 is under the leadership of Scoutmaster Randy Coggin. Boy Scouts learn the importance of good citizenship, leadership skills, personal fitness and moral values. Boys, ages 11 through 18, are introduced to hobbies and future vocations through the unique merit badge program of the Boy Scouts of America.
The church also charters Cub Scout Pack 41. Cub Scouts, ages 6 through 10, promise to "Do My Best" in the family-oriented program which introduces the boys to scouting events like Cub Day Camp, Pinewood Derby races and other pack activities.
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law:
Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
In 2010 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. For 100 years the Boy Scouts have been developing wholesome American leaders. It is a fact that only one in four boys in America will become Scouts. But it is interesting to know that, of the leaders of this nation in business, religion, and politics, three out of the four were Scouts.
This story will never end. Like the "golden Pebble of Service" dropped into the human sea, Scouting will continue to radiate in ever-widening circles, influencing the character of men through unending time.
Contributing author: Scoutmaster Randy Coggin