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.

"Baptist Scouting; Reaching, Teaching, & Ministering to Children, Youth, & Families"

2018 National Duty to God Award

Two of our Baptist Scouters, Sam Houston and Donna Copeland, are recipients of the 2018 National Duty to God Award.

From the Duty to God BSA Facebook page

The Religious Relationships Support Committee of the Boy Scouts of America is privileged and honored to announce the recipients of the 2018 National Duty to God Award for exemplary leadership, faithful service, and selfless dedication to the advancement and support of Scouting's founding moral principles and shared ideals.
Sam Houston
Donna J. Copeland
Larry W. Coppock
Neil Lupton

The award will be bestowed on these distinguished Scouters at the Boy Scouts of America's National Annual Meeeting on May 24th during the Duty to God Breakfast.

"Family Scouting" and other ABS updates

October 30, 2017
To: Baptist churches chartering Boy Scout / Cub Scout units
Re: "Family Scouting" and other ABS updates
Dear Pastor and/or Scout Leader:

We trust that you have heard of the recent decision of the Boy Scouts of America ("BSA") to make more provisions for girls and young ladies in new or expanded programs. The key information used in reaching this decision is the desire of families to have similar top quality programs that the BSA offers for their boys also available to the girls in the family. There has been a lot of "fake news" or false info floating around about these new aspects, so we wanted to provide some clarification, particularly from the perspective of a Baptist church utilizing BSA programs as part of their children, youth, and outreach ministries.

Family Scouting and other ABS updates 2017-10-30

July 15-21, 2018 - Philmont Training Center
Offered by the Association of Baptists for Scouting, the course covers:

- How a Scouting Ministry can be a fulfillment of the Great Commission
- Why the religious emblems program is effective education and outreach
- How Baptist youth and adults compose an even higher percentage of participation in the 2017 National Scout Jamboree than in previous years
- How to start and strengthen Baptist Scouting Ministries
- How Scouting can contribute to church growth
- How Scouting reaches individuals and entire families for Christ
- How to maintain Baptist thought and conviction in the world of Scouting
- How Baptist churches actually own their units and are responsible for leadership and membership in keeping with their biblical convictions
- How to qualify for the Baptist Unit Award of Excellence
- And More!

More information to come...
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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

Jamboree 2017 ABS Exhibit

Jamboree 2017 ABS Exhibit shared the gospel with hundreds of scouts and scouter in the Duty to God Mid-Way this summer.

Yellow Paint Faith!!! You have it, now what?? Scouts stop by the ABS Exhibit to learn how they already have Yellow Paint Faith, what and what they need to do with it. Yellow Paint Faith connects your journey with Christ. In the ABS Exhibit adults also learned more about ABS and how they can help facilitae Duty to God awards!!