How the National Baptist Convention of America plans to grow Scouting

A new, two-year initiative launched by the National Baptist Convention of America International is aimed at growing Scouting in five states.

By focusing on Scouting in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, New Mexico and Texas, church leaders are integrating the BSA’s life-changing programs into their missions.

The goal: recruit 200 new units by Dec. 31, 2018.

The Rev. Samuel Tolbert is president of the NBCA. He and five NBCA state presidents met with the BSA’s Gene Butler and Lee Shaw last month to cross the T’s and dot the I’s on the initiative.

“Scouting is a mission for the National Baptist Convention of America International Inc.,” Rev. Tolbert said. “We will focus on new unit and membership growth, reaching out to more families and youth through the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Exploring programs.”

With 3.5 million members in thousands of congregations nationwide, NBCA’s new-unit initiative surely will result in more Scouts joining this incredible movement.

The BSA’s existing memorandum of understanding with the NBCA will be updated in June.