Serving Our Community

Boys Scout of America 

Who We Are

Pack 888 is a Cub Scout pack for both boys and girls sponsored by McMinnville First United Methodist Church and part of the Caney Fork District of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We currently have dens for Tigers (First Graders), Wolves (Second Graders), Bears (Third Graders), Webelos (Fourth Graders), and Arrow of Light (Fifth Graders). The Boy Scouts of America and First United Methodist Church follow strict youth protection procedures. For more information on youth protection, please follow this link.

When We Meet

We meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on days when the Warren County Schools are meeting. That means we do not meet during school breaks or school snow days. Our meetings during the summer vacation are scheduled individually. From time to time, we have special meetings with meals and award presentations. For scouts younger than Webelos, parents are required to stay with their child during the meeting.

What It Costs

First United Methodist Church and the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America will ensure that no youth is denied participation because of lack of funds. If you need assistance with paying registrations fees, you can confidentially contact our Pack Leader, Judy Thomas at:

One-Time Youth Joining Fee $25.00

Annual Youth Registration Fee $74.00

Annual Adult Registration Fee $44.00

Costs of individual activities varies.

Please Join in the Fun

We are an active pack with camping trips and field trips throughout the year. Many of our families attend a two-night summer camp at Boxwell Reservation on Old Hickory Lake. For more information, please contact our Pack Leader, Judy Thomas at

Hope Center

The Hope Center helps those who seek to live a better and more productive life through recovery and the teaching of life skills.  We need volunteers in 3 1/2 hour blocks in the center answering phones, data entry, meeting the public, professional guidance, helping others overcoming issues, etc.

We provide hope and healing through the following services:

  • Groups, Classes, Workshops on the subjects of Living Free, Handling Loss and Grief, Committed Couples, Understanding Depression, Anger Management, Parenting, Drugs and Alcohol, GED Preparation, and more.
  • Recovery and Healing Programs:  Recovery from Addiction, Individual and Family Counseling, Couples Counseling
  • Life Skills Classes:  Job interview skills and training.  Resume’ building, cover letters, financial counseling, literacy advancement, college bound seminars, and computer lab.

Contact: Lorie Gretzinger at 931-507-7800 or at

Humane Society of McMinnville & Warren County

BE A HERO!  The Humane Society of Warren County is committed to protecting the well-being of animals in McMinnville & Warren County, Tennessee. We work with our community to provide a safe, compassionate environment for our four-legged friends. We need your help!  Take a look around and see how you can help be a part of making our community safe for animals. Be a voice for the voiceless.  They are counting on us!

Contact Andrea Bain Hillis at 931-743-8096 or if you would like to make a donation.

Kids of the Community

Kids of the Community is a community based, entirely volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the idea that all the children in our community have the right to be important, the right to be recognized, and the right to learn fundamental core values from responsible adults. It is the philosophy of the organization that one on one contact on a regular basis in structured activities with caring responsible adults can instill direction and impart a positive attitude to those children at risk. Some things you might help with are:   spending one on one time with the kids doing activities such as:  mentoring, tutoring, cooking, gardening, art, music.  Donations of useful items that will assist our program are always welcome.   In the summer we are open all day, in the school year we are open after school and on Saturdays. Tutoring is after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-6-pm.  We need as much time, or as little time as you can spare.  We need you!… Your time, talent and treasure!

Contact Barry Dishman at 931-668-5437 or at

Helping Animals of Warren County (HAWC)

Helping Animals of Warren County (HAWC) was founded in October, 2015 by a small group of concerned citizens that wanted to improve the lives of animals in Warren County. We wanted to provide those that were already focused on helping the animal shelters and rescue groups with a source of fund raising and volunteers to help them in their efforts. We welcome and invite all those in Warren County who wish to increase awareness of the importance of spay/neuter, support for our local shelters and rescue groups and who want to advocate for the betterment of the treatment of animals to join our group.

Contact at(931) 743-6012

Homeless of McMinnville Effort (H.O.M.E.)

HOME is a new group in the process of forming in 2020 with a mission to offer a hand up to those who have no where to call HOME.   The goal is to provide meals, sometimes shelter, and minister to various other needs.  The kickoff volunteer meeting was on January 21, 2020 and a second organizational volunteer meeting was on February 18.   A shower ministry is being offered on Saturday’s from 10:00-12:00 in the Outreach Building at First United Methodist Church.

Please join the Facebook group to find out what is needed for this ministry.