The UM Scouting Ministries Committee has created a volunteer position to help local churches establish and expand scouting ministry opportunities.

Requirements of a Scouting Ministry Specialist (SMS)

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Provide proof of youth protection training and/or take an online sexual ethics and safe sanctuaries course. (See below to take the online course.)
  3. Show a record of scouting/youth ministry experience.
  4. Read Scouting Guidelines (can be ordered through Cokesbury).
  5. Submit $45 to become enrolled as a scouting ministry specialist for 5 years (or $250 for a lifetime certification).

Responsibilities of a SMS

  1. Provide information about national awards
  2. Introduce churches to the God and Country series.
  3. Encourage church leaders to attend regional and national training opportunities. (See below for upcoming training events.)
  4. Assist with bishop’s dinners and other district and conference events.
  5. Cultivate relationships with conference and district leaders.

Scouting Ministry Specialist Resources

Scouting Ministry Specialist Listing

A Scouting Ministry Specialist listing is available upon request. Please contact Marc Stowe, Scouting Ministries Assistant, at or 615-620-7262.

Scouting Ministry Training

Would you like to learn more about scouting as a ministry? Attend and participate in a training seminar this year.