Boy Scout Troop 60 began in 1914, and celebrated its 100th Anniversary during the summer of 2014. We held a reunion celebration in Loose Park on June 8 and then took the boys on a grand adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park. The troop is the oldest continuously chartered boy scout troop in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and continues to serve boys who live and go to school in the urban core. We have monthly camping trips, spend 10 days in summer scout camp and perform service projects in the community. The lives of many boys and their families have been saved, sustained and enriched by the troop. Its leaders are a dedicated group, ready, able and willing to bring the complete experience of scouting, including a great deal of individual attention, to boys who need that in their adolescent years.
Children’s Peace Quest makes peace and interpersonal and global understanding an exciting adventure for young people. Led by our church staff and qualified educators from our congregation, Peace Quest leads youngsters on a venture that has focused on various themes since it began in 1996: “Conflict Resolution for Youth”, “Cooperative Games for Young People” and currently “Multicultural and Multiracial Understanding”. We have explored “Middle Ages Quest”, “Africa Quest”, “Early America Quest”, “Native America Quest”, “Ancient Greece Quest” and “Ancient Egypt Quest”. Currently the program has a fall-winter module and then a winter-spring module. Coming up this fall and spring (2016-2017) will be “Secrets of Peacemaking in Native America.”
Our church is very involved in the 30 year old Willow Woods Child Development Center. Our members serve on the center’s board and take care of the center’s accounting and bookkeeping. We are committed to maintenance and ongoing remodeling of the center’s facility, as well as custodial and other support services that add to the day care center’s life and success in serving urban families with infants through kindergarten. The church and Willow Woods have also worked together in bringing music and tutoring resources to the children of Willow Woods. Currently there are 55 children enrolled at Willow Woods.