Skip to Main Content

United Methodists extend BSA charters through June 2022

Posted: February 14 2022 at 11:41 AM
Boyscouts

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News.

United Methodist leaders have reached an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to extend existing UMC-sponsored Scouting charters through June 30, 2022 to provide for uninterrupted ministry with young people through Scouting. The charters were previously extended to March 31, 2022 as legal proceedings continue in the BSA's bankruptcy case, particularly as the trial for confirmation has now been postponed until March 9, 2022. Churches do not need to take any action to extend their current organizational relationship with the BSA until June 30, 2022.  

Organizational leaders are working together to develop a long-term solution regarding the church’s relationship with Scouting as they plan for new relationship agreements that will help to improve the program and safety of Scouting for future generations of young people. The United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America have worked together to develop the character and values of youth through Scouting for more than a hundred years. 

While no action is required at this time regarding charter renewal, churches are to move forward with the annual membership renewal process for all youth and adults who participate in Scouting programs. Charter renewal and membership renewal are distinct processes. Charter renewal focuses on the organization-to-organization relationship, while membership renewal involves the relationship between individual Scouts and volunteers and the BSA. 

Annual membership renewal is a vital step in allowing Scouting to continue, as maintaining active membership registrations for all Scouts and volunteers is critical to ensuring that Scouts and volunteers are covered by BSA’s insurance, that volunteers meet training and safety standards, and that both youth and volunteers continue to receive communications.

All Scout units and local councils should complete membership renewals by February 20 if possible, and no later than February 28. Local council representatives are available to support the process so that Scouting activities can continue without interruption.

For questions or further information, please contact your local council representative. You may also contact Steven Scheid, Director of the Center for Scouting Ministries at sscheid@gcumm.org.

News & Announcements

2023 Cabinet Crop

Welcoming Bishop Schwerin to the Northern Illinois Conference

Bishop Dan Schwerin’s first day serving as episcopal leader in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference was January 3. Bishop Schwerin grew up just north of us in W…

Bishop Dan

Bishop’s Column: Getting to know Bishop Dan Schwerin

Here are 10 things that will help you get to know our new Bishop.

Katie Moum 7xgtyefmxiq Unsplash

Did you know? Practicing Hospitality

This month’s NIC Reporter is filled with images of welcome. In the conference these days, we are driven by welcome. You only need to look at the conference calendar to see all the ways in…

Trucks

A Toy Story that hits the road

The late Rev. Doug Williams brought the idea of making and distributing toy wooden cars to his congregation at Aldersgate UMC in Rockford in 2011 as a new ministry to children. Combining inspirat…

Print