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No Change in Scouting


By Steven Scheid

Since the called session of General Conference finished its work, I received several questions about whether there would be any changes to our scouting ministries.

The bottom line is the Center for Scouting Ministries has not changed.

The UMC is committed to the scouting ministries because they work. We express the love of Christ by reaching into communities’ care and partnership.

What does this status quo in ministry look like?

Boy Scouts of America – Churches charter the units, and they should consider the Cub Scout pack, Scout troop, Venturing Crew, Sea Scout ship, or Exploring club or post an extension of their ministry. The charter church representative should get to know potential adult leaders and approve them for service. These leaders should ensure that the youth obtain life skills and engage in faith-building experiences.


Girl Scouts of the USA–The Girl Scout Council is the charter organization of the unit, not the church. An active partnership makes the program a ministry. Encouragement and involvement in troop activities is ministry.


Camp Fire – Councils in 25 states provide”{THRIVE}OLOGY”, a systematic and proven program based on the highest level of research. The program opens the doors for community growth as well as the growth of the youth. If Camp Fire is near you, please be willing to share the opportunity.


Big Brothers Big Sisters – This individual mentorship program is a great way to provide care for a child. This is an opportunity that does not require a building or a structured group. Anyone can share time and love with a child.

These partner organizations offer a variety of ways to be in ministry to all youth. Find the one that fits your church and personal gifts. A trained scouting coordinator can help interpret policies and provide answers for the local church.


Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.


Grace and peace,


Steven Scheid, director of the Center for Scouting Ministries

General Commission on UM Men



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