Scouts/Circuit Rider/Annual Gathering

The 2019 Men’s Retreat and Circuit Rider 31

will be Sept. 6-7-8 at Jackson’s Mill


Circuit Riders are:

      * Hosted and sponsored by the West Virginia United Methodist Men

      * Promoted by the Mountaineer Council BSA

      * Open to all Scouts and Venturing crews everywhere



Two Bible Basics RP3 Patches

to be offered at Circuit Rider 31

Sept. 6-8, 2019, at Jackson’s Mill

     What is Bible Basics RP3?
     “Bible Basics RP3” is a patch series from P.R.A.Y. It is designed to help families, Sunday school classes, and scouting groups get into the Bible. We firmly believe that time spent in the Bible can be precious time with God.  And, the United Methodist Church believes that scouting is a ministry!
     Registration for the class is required.  The first 25 registered attendees will receive a FREE patch upon completion of the required sessions.  If more than 25 scouts attend the sessions, additional patches will be presented at a later date.  To pre-register contact Bill Atwell,
     Registration at the time of check-in will be accepted but preregistration will guarantee a seat in the class and a patch.  Registration information is also available on the United Methodist Men webpage. 
     Note: The Tents and Shelters Patch is restricted to those who have earned the Good Book Patch.
     Here are pictures of the patches:



Scouts earn ‘The Good Book Patch’

at Circuit Rider 30, Sept. 7-9, 2018

Seventeen scouts and leaders earned “The Good Book Patch” Sept. 7-9, 2018, at WVU Jackson’s Mill.

“The Good Book Patch” is considered the anchor patch in Bible Basics, which encourages youth and adults to read the Bible, take time to picture the passage, ponder its meaning and put it into action. The patch series was developed by the Program for Religious Activities with Youth.

Each scout and adult completed three classes taught by Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Allen during Circuit Rider 30, a gathering held in conjunction with the West Virginia United Methodist Men’s retreat. The patch was offered during the retreat because the United Methodist Men believe that scouting is ministry.

Earning the patch were:

* Adam Ranson and Robert Ranson of Pack 120, Fairmont.

* Jack Wilson, Kensy McGill, Cynan Wolf, Brock Lewis and Kristy Lewis of Troop 6, Wheeling.

* Darryl Blosser, Lee Horton, Mathew Cale and Konor Straight, Troop 64, Morgantown.

* Wayne Ward, Shawn Holcomb and Tryston Taylor, Troop 258, Point Pleasant.

* John Seibert and Simon Harvey, Troop 547, Clarksburg.

* Tyson Cremeans, Troop 733, Barboursville.


Fairmont newspaper

publishes feature about Ralph Herron


The Fairmont Times West Virginian, Ralph Herron’s hometown newspaper, has published a story about Ralph being named the W.Va. United Methodist Men’s ‘Man of the Year.’ Read it at:



From left: Rev. Amy Shanholtzer, superintendent of the United Methodist Church’s MonValley District; Rev. Harold Langevin, recipient of the Torch Award; and West Virginia United Methodist Men’s President Don Davis.


Rev. Harold Langevin honored for service to youth

Rev. Harold Langevin has been honored for giving unusual amounts of time and energy in dedicated service to children and youth.
Langevin was presented the Torch Award by West Virginia United Methodist Men’s President Don Davis during a Sept. 9, 2018, ceremony at the men’s annual retreat and scout Circuit Rider event at Jackson’s Mill.
The Torch Award is given through the General Commission on United Methodist Men’s Office of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting. It recognizes adult leaders who have given exceptional service in the use and promotion of programs for youth.
Langevin has served as pastor of the United Methodist Church’s Belington Circuit, composed of five churches, since 2016. He previously pastored the Pruntytown/Fetterman Charge in Grafton, which is composed of two churches.
He currently serves as parish coordinator for the United Methodist Church’s Barbour County Parish and disaster relief liaison for the church’s MonValley District. He also is a member of the Barbour County Ministerial Association and serves on the Executive Committee of Heart and Hand Ministries.
In addition, Langevin is president of the Board of Directors of Helping Hand Clearing House, Elkins; serves as volunteer chaplain at the Davis Medical Center, Elkins; and is a member of the Elkins High School Alumni Association.
He is a graduate of Elkins High School, Fairmont State University and the Ohio Valley Course of Study-Methodist School of Theology.
Langevin is married to the former Donna Harker of Fairview. He has three children: Jon Langevin of Elkins, Erin Golden of Beverly and Chelsea Langevin of Beverly.


Keynote speaker’s recommended reading

       Rev. Mark Lubbock, who was the keynote speaker at the West Virginia United Methodist Men’s annual retreat Sept. 7-9, 2018, at Jackson’s Mill, was asked for a list of books he most recommends for men. His list:

Play The Man by Mark Batterson

No Man Left Behind by Pat Morley, David Delk and Brett Clemmer

Man in The Mirror by Patrick Morley

Man Up by Jody Burkeen

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

Fathered by God by John Eldredge

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

Kingdom Man by Tony Evans

Measure of a Young Man by Gene Getz and Kenton Getz

The Resolution for Men by Stephen Kendrick

     These books are available from Cokesbury, the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House (online at