SCOUTING IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH

 

There are more than 30 million Baptists in the United States. More than 15 million belong to the Southern Baptist Convention. Over 101,000 local Baptist churches operate over 5,000 Scouting units. At the end of 2009, the Baptist church’s involvement in Scouting included:

 

70,238 Cub Scouts in 2,069 packs

33,487 Boy Scouts in 1,932 troops

3,355 Venturers in 341 crews

 

For more information see BSA Fact Sheet: Scouting in the Baptist Church

http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/operating_orgs/Baptist.aspx

 


 

MAJOR BAPTIST CONVENTIONS CHARTERING SCOUTING UNITS

 

There is no central governing authority for the Baptist church. Most Baptist churches are members of regional associations of Baptist churches. There are more than 60 regional Baptist associations in the United States. Most Baptists are represented by one of the groups listed below:

 


American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.

P.O. Box 851

Valley Forge, PA 19482

 

National Missionary Baptist Convention of America

1404 East Firestone

Los Angeles, CA 90001

 

General Association of General Baptists

100 Stinson Drive

Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

 

National Association of Free Will Baptists

P.O. Box 5002

Antioch, TN 37011-5002

 

National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.

1327 Pierre Avenue

Shreveport, LA 71103

 

National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

300 Grace Street

Richmond, VA 23220-4908

 

Baptist World Alliance

405 North Washington Street

Falls Church, VA 22046

 

National Primitive Baptist Convention, Inc.

601 50th Street NE

Washington, DC 20019

 

Original Free Will Baptists

Box 39

Ayden, NC 28513

 

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

601 50th Street NE

Washington, DC 20019

 

Southern Baptist Convention

901 Commerce Street, Suite 750

Nashville, TN 37203

 


 

BAPTIST SPONSORED SCOUT UNITS IN GSLC


CUB SCOUTS

 

 

 

 

 

Calvary Baptist Church

1090 South State, Salt Lake City

(801) 355-1025

Pack 4881

Tigers-Weebelos (Grades 1-5). Meet Monday 6:30 p.m. http://www.calvaryslc.com

BOY SCOUTS

 

 

 

 

 

Calvary Baptist Church

1090 South State, Salt Lake City

(801) 355-1025

Troop 1881

11-17 years. Meet Monday 6:30 p.m. http://www.calvaryslc.com

 

RELIGIOUS EMBLEM RESOURCES FOR BAPTIST SCOUTS

 

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. Below are the Baptist religious emblems:

 

·   Cub Scouts - Grades 1-3: God and Me

·   Cub Scouts - Grades 4-5: God and Family

·   Boy Scouts - God and Church

·   Older Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts: God and Life

·   Adults - Good Shepherd award

 

God and Country series: for Cub Scouts: God and Me, No. 33604 for student, No. 33603 for counselor, and No. 33606 for mentor; for Webelos Scouts: God and Family, No. 33597 for student, No . 33598 for counselor, and No. 33595 for mentor; for Boy Scouts, God and Church, No. 33599 for student, No. 33600 for counselor, and No. 33596 for mentor; for Venturers/older Boy Scouts: God and Life , No. 33609 for student, No. 33610 for counselor, and No. 33605 for mentor. Adults may be nominated for the Good Shepherd award. For more information go to: http://www.praypub.org

 



RESOURCES FOR BAPTIST SCOUTS/SCOUTERS

 

·   Baptists and Scouting: Building Values Together (Southern), No. 5-970A

·   Baptists and Scouting: Building Values Together (Generic), No. 5-971A

·   Baptist Information Packets, No. 77-332

·   Association of Baptists for Scouting fact sheet, No. 77-314

·   Baptists and Scouting: Building Values Together videotape.

·   PRAY-Programs of Religious Activities With Youth: Partner for Baptist religious awards: http://www.praypub.org

·   Training for Baptist Scout Leaders at BSA’s Philmont Training Center. See conference listings for courses http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/PTC.aspx

·   Association of Baptists for Scouting. Broad variety of information regarding scouting in Baptist Churches. http://www.baptistscouters.org

 



 

STARTING A BAPTIST SCOUTING UNIT

 

Following is a link to a PDF document on how to start a Baptist Scouting program: http://www.baptistscouters.org/OrganizingABaptistScoutUnit.pdf

 


 

WHY SHOULD A BAPTIST CHURCH USE SCOUTING?

(from Association of Baptists for Scouting)

 

Local Baptist churches have utilized programs of the Boy Scouts of America for the past 100 years as an effective tool to reach children, youth, and adults for Christ and to minister to families, both churched and unchurched. Because of the unique chartering concept of the BSA, local congregations actually own their Scouting units and are encouraged to make them an integral part of their outreach ministry. Here is a sampling of the ways Scouting can contribute to the local Baptist church’s ministry:

 

Scouting offers more quality time with children and youth. For instance, if a young person attends the weekly Scout meeting, participates in a monthly campout, goes to summer camp and is involved in the multi-unit events offered throughout the year, he can expect to spend at least 544 hours annually. Consider the potential for personal ministry by a Christian Scout leader. Is it any wonder that many call Scouting the “sleeping giant of outreach” for local churches?

 

Scouting has appeal to unsaved and unchurched youth as well as “church kids. While most churches offer a meaningful ministry to their children and youth, Scouting helps congregations to have broad appeal to the unreached, too. A large number of Scouts and their families (20%) have their first encounter with a church through their involvement in the church’s Scouting ministry. And, approximately 60% have no church affiliation. Scouting provides churches with tremendous opportunities for evangelism, ministry, and growth! 

 

Scouting offers lifesaving skills and skills for living. The various program offerings - from Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts in grades one through five, to Boy Scouts in grades six through twelve, and Venturing for boys and girls who are 14 years old or 13 and have completed eighth grade – are unexcelled in today’s world. Among the results are: personal preparedness, outdoor skills, vocational training, citizenship education, and character-building. When these programs are under the auspices of a local church with caring Christian leaders, the picture is complete. Furthermore, Baptist churches can stand with the Boys Scouts of America in affirming everyone’s duty to God and the importance of moral uprightness. 

 

Scouting helps strengthen families. The entire Cub Scout program is family-oriented. Most of the activities are designed to be done with a parent. Other levels of Scouting emphasize the importance of family, too. For instance, every young man attaining the rank of Eagle Scout must have completed the Family Life Merit Badge.

 

Scouting contributes to personal and church growth by involving more laity. Many church growth experts assert that one of the ways to reverse downward trends in church involvement while stimulating church growth is to create places of service for adults which are hands-on and action-oriented. Not everyone feels gifted to serve in a traditional church leadership role. However, many of these persons can be meaningfully involved in the church’s Scouting ministry, thus enabling them to use their God-given abilities in His service while positively impacting children, youth, and families.

 

Scouting undergirds the church’s religious education ministry through the PRAY God and Country religious emblems program. Completing requirements for one or more levels of the PRAY program is a memorable experience for the pastor and Cubs, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Consider these results . . .

 

God and Country students come to better understand their personal faith in Jesus Christ. It is not unusual for participants to accept Christ as Savior during the study. Other God and Country participants sense their call to vocational ministry

 

·         PRAY participants come to understand the denomination, its basic beliefs, history, structure, and how to support the worldwide missions strategy through praying, giving, and going. An explanation of cooperative efforts among Baptists gives the pupil an appreciation for the roles of various Baptist agencies and institutions in support of the local church.

·         Participants are taught the importance of personal involvement in outreach and missions at home.

·         Completion of the required service projects through the local church helps young people experience the importance of having a servant’s heart.

·         For all of the reasons cited above and many others, Baptist churches and Scouting make ideal partners in the molding of today’s children and youth. And, as the Apostle Paul exhorts us, we should use all legitimate means to reach everyone with the Gospel message!

 

For all of the reasons cited above and many others, Baptist churches and Scouting make ideal partners in the molding of today’s children and youth. And as the Apostle Paul exhorts us, we should use all legitimate means to reach everyone with the Gospel message!


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