Scouting agency loses United Methodist ties

NAUMSNashville, Tenn. — A scouting organization that has been a part of the UMC in the past has lost its affiliation with United Methodist organizations.

The National Association of United Methodist Scouters (NAUMS) was formerly affiliated with the General Commission on United Methodist Men, the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men and the United Methodist Men Foundation.

All three organizations severed ties with the volunteer scouting organization after efforts to resolve certain issues among the organizations were unsuccessful. The change is related to organizational and business practices.

The action does not change the relationship of national organizations of United Methodist Men with Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the USA.

“We continue to expand scouting as a vibrant ministry to our churches and to the youth in our communities,” said Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the General Commission on United Methodist Men.

The Commission also has affiliate relationships with Camp Fire USA, 4-H, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In March, the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men and the United Methodist Men Foundation also ended their relationship with NAUMS.

The action concludes several attempts by previous commissions and general secretaries to resolve issues and concerns with NAUMS.

NAUMS now has no formal relationship with any national entity of The United Methodist Church and is prohibited from using the United Methodist name or logo.

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david w knapp

What are the organizational and business practices that cannot be resolved and why no mention of the BSA change in policy re: homosexual membership for youth ages 7-17?

L. Wayne Prejean

As a Scoutmaster for over 50 years and 125 Eagle Scouts I did not fine the organization very friendly. I join hoping that we work keeping our God 1st in our work with the youth.

The decision of the commission I think was in the right direction.

Philip Craig
Philip Craig

The NAUMS Board of Directors voted at out 4th Quarter Board meeting in Dallas to appeal GCUMM’s actions to the UMC Judicial Council and reaffirmed at our 1st Quarter Board meeting in Memphis. We do not wish to comment on this story until the appeal is heard. GCUMM was informed of this vote in December. NAUMS is an all volunteer organization. We provide the New Testaments for all Protestant religions at the BSA High Adventure Bases and provided the 100th Anniversary GSA New Testament. Last year we distributed over 10,000 Bibles. If you haven’t gotten a newsletter lately contact us… Read more »

Rich Peck

Phil — I’m sure it just slipped your mind. I’m sure you meant to express appreciation to the United Methodist Men Foundation for providing a grant of $10,000 to provide the New Testaments.


It sounds like this must have been a longtime issue. Even though the focus of the article is on a division, I just think it’s wonderful to read about the many affiliations we have with these youth groups. At a time when division is at the forefront of a lot of church discussion locally and globally, isn’t it great to see that we as United Methodists are affiliated with so many agencies that serve young people! It shows that despite our differences and our shortcomings, we as a church are actively imitating Christ by also saying, “suffer the little children… Read more »


“The change is related to organizational and business practices.”

Wow. A severed relationship that was not a result of the LGBT divide. Kind of refreshing in a way. You would think that a business practice compromise could have been worked out but without knowing exactly what the reasons were there is not much to say.

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