Stephen Salyards (salyards@EURIDICE.ESS.UCLA.EDU)
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 14:17:25 PDT
While I do not know the history behind the founding of AWANA and
how it relates to scounting, if at all, I can tell you a bit about
As has already been mentioned it is a Christian Youth Organization
that at _some_levels_ has uniforms that resemble those of the scouts.
The program includes youth from preschool through high school although
not every church will provide every level. The "clubs" are co-ed up
to 2nd grade and then are gender specific. I won't list off the
names of the levels, that is available on-line if you are really
interested. The name is an acronym for "Approved workman are not
ashamed" based on a Scripture verse from II Timothy.
The program is mainly based on scripture memory, presentation of
the Gospel, and missionary activity (at least up to 2nd grade which
my daughter has completed). There is a little outdoor activity, from
what I have seen, but not to the extent of scouting. There is no
training in outdoor "skills" like in scouting.
While the program is found in evangelical Christian churches, there
are certain doctrinal standards that are required for the main office
to charter a club there. I'd be glad to go into more detail by
private e-mail for any who want more detail. Basically the organization
is evangelical but not pentecostal.
Do not confuse AWANA with the Royal Rangers. The latter is a youth
program specific to one denomination and seems to have a greater
leaning towards scouts.
Our family has found scouting and AWANA complimentary with little
competition for time yet. One advantage to AWANA is that is starts
earlier. My son, who won't start Tiger Cubs till next year, is already
in an AWANA club and enjoying it. The comments above are from what I
have seen in our kids involvement and the material I have read. I
don't know a lot about the older levels since our kids haven't been
there yet. I'd be glad to answer questions or clarify anything by
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