It is here!

The relationship extension for the United Methodist congregations is Dec. 31, 2022. We know it will take time.

We have heard you. We are listening. We will get there. Our COMMITMENT TO LIVING THE MINISTRY IS UNWAVERING.

The updated Memorandum of Understanding is attached below. This commitment was renewed in July 2022.

More updates will be coming, please be patient and hold on to ministry. It is the work of Christ in the community from the church.

Key Things to Know:

  1. All current charters and facility use agreements that are in use now are to continue until BSA completes the new agreement with the church. Dec. 31, 2022.

2. Churches may use the facility use agreement as a stand-alone document if the church is allowing BSA to use the facilities. The BSA insurance provisions will be included when the facilities use agreement is being used.

3. If a church is using the new agreement, it is the standard agreement for all UM congregations and is not to be modified. If there are questions about modification, they should be sent to Steven Scheid at GCUMM. SScheid@GCUMM.org

4. There is an interim agreement to extend the protections to the church while the transitions are finished. BSA and GCUMM have executed it to protect your church. A copy is available below.

Options for Service – 4 minutes

Watch here for more information and training on the process.

The updated Affiliation Agreement is a way for the church to connect more and meet local BSA Councils in the middle. The structural change for local BSA Scout Councils to own all the physical assets and share their EIN, is a big ask in a short time. The update allows for the congregation to hold the physical assets (trailer, tents, chuck boxes, etc.). They remain on the church property insurance in case of left or loss. Many Councils found this to be assistance greatly needed. The document for this agreement is below.

Work with your Council as we move forward
Commitment to helping youth – 3 minutes
Jeff Hunt lays out the new agreement – 9 minutes

We will sort through this with some new paths. It opens the door for us to serve with the same commitment to youth and faith. There are a lot of practical steps to exercising this new relationship. It is a seed change that will replant the vineyard of Scouting.

Watch here for more resources and links.

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