Our Mission:  

"To bring youth to Christ through a  Scouting Ministry."

The Association of Baptists for Scouting was founded in 1954 on the principles of the common goals of scouting and the moral teachings of faith-based (Baptist) churches.


2017 Membership Meeting of the Association of Baptists for Scouting

Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Membership Meeting of the Association of Baptists for Scouting shall be held on Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017 at 7:30pm EST at the coincident location of the BSA National Annual Meeting, with provisions for any ABS member so desiring to join the meeting by conference call or other electronic means.
This is the year for the biannual election of officers and the Nominating Committee reports that the following are nominated for election:

President - Ted Spangenberg, Jr.
Executive Vice President - Donna Copeland
Membership VP - John Lyon
Secretary - Merri Bolen
Treasurer - Thomas Martin
Chaplain - Sam Houston

Any ABS member in good standing may make any further nominations during this agenda item at the Membership Meeting.

Any ABS member wishing to join the meeting remotely via electronic means should email president@baptistscouters.org for the necessary instructions.

Jamboree 2017 ABS Exhibit

Jamboree 2017 is coming soon! The ABS Exhibit will be there in earnest to share the gospel. Come by and see us in the Duty to God and Country Mid-Way.

New Testaments for BSA High Adventure Bases

One of the projects ABS is proud to assist with is the purchasing of New Testaments for Philmont, Summit, Sea Base and Northern Tier high adventure camps. Any youth or adult may take one of these at no charge not only as a splendid memento of their adventure but use it every day for their living.

BSA Membership Policy


Here's are two statements by Ted S. Spangenberg, Jr., President, Association of Baptists for Scouting on the BSA transgender membership policy.

Spangenberg statement - transgender BSA members

Statement for Religion News January 2017

August 7, 2015

Dear Pastor, Youth Minister, Deacon Chairman, and/or other church leadership:

Thank you for using the programs of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as part of your outreach ministry to your community and congregation. Whether it has been through a Cub Scout Pack, a Boy Scout Troop, or a Venture Crew or some combination of these I trust that you have seen lives changed and families brought into your church through that ministry.

I'm sure you've seen or heard news articles or other information regarding the action of the BSA on July 27 to revise its policy with regard to its adult leader membership standards. In short, they have fully placed into your hands, as a religious chartered partner, the right to select your adult BSA leaders on the basis of your congregation's beliefs and moral standards. ... more

Letter to Church Leadership

ABS Position Statement on revised BSA Membership Policy

Fact vs Fiction BSA Adult Leadership Standards