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Information related to Scouting Bankruptcy

Click here to view all news related to the Scouting Bankruptcy case. Facilties Use Agreement avaiable HERE.

Safe Facilities: Places

May 26, 2022 – Where the light is brightest, the shadows cast are the longest. Faith and values-based organizations lend to those who take part in them an air of goodness. The language, associations, and vows made through church membership are no exception. Trust is a natural part of working within a congregation. It should be. Trust must not be an excuse for avoiding tackling the difficult challenge of abuse. The light must shine on all that we do. The purpose and history of our church are profound. These can be lost through wrongful acts in the shadows. Read more…

Committed to Work Together

Feb. 10, 2022 – The United Methodist Church and Boy Scouts of America are committed to working together. At the link is a joint letter from Bishop John Schol, the UMC Leadership Team Chair and Roger C. Mosby, the Chief Scout Executive. Learn more

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.

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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 [email protected].

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, [email protected]

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

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