Re: What is Awana??
MR HENRY MOWRY (HenryMowry@PRODIGY.COM)
Thu, 5 Sep 1996 01:27:26 -0500
Awana is a church-based youth group that is loosely based on Scouting.
Ages 4 - 18 are in Awanas, boys and girls. Coed through age 6, I
believe, and then divided boys and girls until high school ... when I
believe it is again coed.
Awards are earned principally through memorizing bible verses. There
are books to complete, parents to sign off requirements, etc.
Meetings are weekly. Big events happen, including a Pinewood Derby
for some age groups, an Awana Olympics, etc.
It's true that the program is similar to Scouts, but is entirely
different in focus. Similar methods, to be sure, but the aim of
Awana is to strengthen young people's belief in God.
The program is very complementary to Scouting, but seriously pursuing
both would try any family. My guess is that most families that are
very committed to Awanas would not have room for another big program
like Scouting; my kids all dropped out of Awanas after a few years,
but Scouts are still a big part of their lives. "Scouts do more."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City