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Scouting Ministries


Sunday, October 24, 2021 is designated as

Post COVID Scout Sunday 

Put it on your books, share it widely, and promote it as well.

The United Methodist Church leads all denominations in sponsoring Scouting units with 12,200 Boy Scout units for 408,000 boys and 15,000 Girl Scout troops for 108,000 girls. The number of Venture Crews sponsored by United Methodist churches increased from 600 to 1,200 in five years. 

The church works directly with four youth agency programs: Camp Fire USA, Boy Scouts of America, Girls Scouts of the USA, and 4-H. These agencies offer a unique opportunity to minister to young people. 

We, the Church, are endowed with certain responsibilities that allow scouting and civic youth serving programs to become a ministry. While the term scouting ministries is used extensively to refer to all civic youth-serving agency programs, it is important to note that each of these agency programs offers distinct and unique program and organization features.

Memorandum of Understanding between the General Commission on United Methodist Men and the Boy Scouts of America

2020 was the 100th year of Scouting in the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is the #1 Scouting sponsor for both Scouts and units in the United States. In the faith world, the United Methodist Church represents a full 25 percent of charters.  With all the changes, postponements we have encountered we are celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2021.  Great things are coming.

District Scouting Coordinators Needed

Find your Mission / Live your Mission. The Virginia Conference Ministry of Scouting team needs you! There are openings for District Coordinators in a number of districts. The Scouting program supports Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scout, and BigBrother/BigSister programs through Virginia Conference churches. If you have the passion, if you have the time, if you care about youth, contact Bill Chaffin, conference Scouting coordinator, at 804-356-6075 or

For more information

For more information about Virginia Conference Scouting Ministries, contact: Bill Chaffin, Scouting Coordinator, 2020 Buford Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23235, (804) 356-6075,

Greetings from Bill Chaffin and Brian Sixbey, Eagle Scout and Pastor

Click here to read the letter