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2012 Book of Discipline
¶ 256.4

4. Civic youth-serving agencies and scouting ministries offer another setting for ministry to children, youth, their leaders, and their families. These opportunities would include the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA, 4-H, or other appropriate organizations in the central conferences. The Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) award program may be available to all appropriate age-level participants of the local church education program including the church school, youth ministry, and scouting ministries.

a) Each local church may have a local church scouting coordinator (or the central conferences equivalent) who shall relate to the church council, the superintendent of the church school, the coordinator of children’s ministries, the coordinator of youth ministries, and all the various youth-serving agency structures. The local church scouting coordinator (or the central conferences equivalent) may relate to the district scouting coordinator and annual conference scouting coordinator who are resource and training advisors. All churches shall be encouraged to have a signed partnership agreement with all the units of these agencies which are part of their ministry.

¶ 2302.5

The General Commission [on United Methodist Men] will provide resources and support for the office of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting Ministries:
a) to provide training of local church, district, annual conference, and jurisdictional scouting coordinators;
b) to provide advocacy, cooperation, and relationship in partnership with the National (USA) Association of United Methodist Scouters, the General Board of Discipleship, the Council of Bishops, and the civic youth-serving agencies (Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Camp Fire USA., 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and such appropriate organizations within the Central Conferences) for the promotion of youth-serving/scouting ministries within The United Methodist Church;
c) to coordinate, promote, and resource as needed annual conference Bishop's Dinners for Scouting.