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Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble called Scouting something that "is important and a ministry that will last" during a dinner and awards program. Two years in the making, the Bishop's dinner was held at the new Fred Maytag II Scout Center in Des Moines.
In his remarks Bishop Trimble noted, "For more than 100 years scouting has helped to prepare future leaders of this country, combining education and physical activities with life-long values and fun."
Bishop Trimble noted that two members his Appointive Cabinet are former Eagle Scouts. Rev. Brian Milford told the Bishop, "Scouting gave me countless opportunities to learn how to lead a group of people towards a common purpose...I am thankful for the people I med and experiences I had through Scouting." Rev. Tom Carver said, "Through scouting I gained a life-long appreciation for the enjoyment of God's creation...there is still something powerful in the human relationships that can be developed through the ancient practice of sitting around a campfire and telling stories....The simple personal goals of being prepared and doing a good turn daily may be simple, but they are invaluable."
"Communities are improved in measurable ways through the presence of Scouting," Bishop Trimble noted. "It would be impossible for me to think of Scouting apart from volunteerism and The United Methodist Church. I am the father of three adult children...who participated in Scouting."
Bishop Trimble offered "praises and support to the United Methodist Men and local churches and communities that invest the time and space to be blessed by young people and the adult volunteers."
The program, which the Bishop hopes will become an annual gathering, included representatives from Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Camp Fire, 4-H, and Girl Scouts in addition to the Boy Scouts of America. A Cross and Flame explanation and presentation was made by Mike Iddings of Pleasantville. Robert Lambert, from Troop 275 in Ames, offered his Eagle Award explanation and presentation. Pastor Hugh Stone, of the Polk City United Methodist Church, offered the invocation and benediction as well as introduced Bishop Trimble.
The United Methodist Men of the Altoona United Methodist Church provided the evening's dinner.
According to the website of the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts, "The Fred Maytag II Scout Center [is an] Urban Camp and Campus [that features] more than 30,000 square feet of flexible multipurpose space, and sixteen acres of usable outdoor land. Available free to Scouts, and also nonprofit groups. Built on natural, open space—yet all within a 20-minute drive for the vast majority of our members."