The Association of Baptists for Scouting
The Baptist denomination is considered to be the largest world communion of evangelical Protestants. In the United States, one in five Christians reports membership in a Baptist church. There are over 220,000 Baptist congregations worldwide representing over 110 million members.
Members of the Baptist church have been profoundly involved with scouting. At the end of 2010, the Baptist denomination’s involvement in Scouting included 71,324 Cub Scouts in 2,045 packs, 34,062 Boy Scouts in 1,900 troops, and 3,049 Venturers in 337 crews.
The Association of Baptist for Scouting was founded in 1954 on the principles of the common goals of scouting and the moral teachings of faith-based (Baptist) churches.
The mission of the Association of Baptists for Scouting is to bring youth to Christ through a scouting ministry. They encourage and help Christian organizations maintain and sponsor Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews so they will continue to expand their outreach and ministry through scouting.
Their diversified membership includes church and community leaders, and professional and volunteer scouts. Although it is their main emphasis, they do not exclusively serve Baptist churches.
Their goal is to have a substantial impact on our representative churches and communities by increasing youth involvement. They also assist churches and units in recognizing and awarding youth and adults for their service and spiritual growth.
The current goals of the Association of Baptists for Scouting include having 5,000 scouting units registered to Baptist churches, have at least 5,000 scouts complete the religious emblems program through P.R.A.Y., recognize at least 150 pastors and lay members with the Good Shepherd Award, and having a fully functioning Joe C. Carrington Society in support of Baptist Scouting.
On July 3, 2012, the scouting units at First Baptist Church Denbigh officially joined the Association of Baptists for Scouting.
Being a member of the Association of Baptists for Scouting, the scouts in our unit are eligible to participate in the religious emblems program through P.R.A.Y. Our leaders receive quarterly newsletters from the association, training every two-years, and eligibility to earn the Good Shepherd Award. Our unit becomes eligible for the Baptist Unit Award of Excellence.