The United Church of Christ (UCC) Scouting Working Group is composed of volunteer scouters who work to promote and support scouting in the local churches of the UCC. The working group is an advocate of inclusive scouting, so that scouting programs everywhere are open, welcoming and safe for everyone.
Members of the the Working Group provide leadership in their area and regional councils, as well as, the national Religious Relationships Task Force of Boy Scouts of America(BSA). It seeks, through outreach and ecumenical relationships, to advance the aims of scouting and inclusion.
The UCC Scouting Working Group led the process for developing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) which serves to guide the relationship between the UCC and the BSA. On October 5, 2016, the MOU was signed by Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC, and Michael Surbaugh, National Scout Executive for the BSA.
Click here to read the MOU.
Click here to download a copy of the signed MOU.
The members of the Working Group for Scouting include:
Chair: Brian Conn
Communications and Marketing: Cate Readling
National Youth Liaison and Chaplains Coordinator: Rev. Levering Reynolds
National UCC Outdoor Ministries Liaison: Rev. Neal Washburn
Members at Large: Matt Mirmak, Michael Lobo, Art Williams, Rolf Asphaug, Ebony Barney, Kevin Boiles
The working group welcomes volunteers interested in sharing their abilities and time to support and grow Scouting in the UCC.
Contact the UCC Scouting Working Group:
The UCC Scouting Working Group is a ministry of the
Office for Health and Wholeness Advocacy
Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, Executive
Toll Free: 800.866.8224, ext. 3217