Methodist Men and Scouting

Nearly 350,000 young people are involved with scouting across America sponsored by the United Methodist Church. The UMC leads all denominations in sponsoring Cub Scout units and is the second largest denomination in sponsoring Boy Scout troops. Many of the 988 churches with Venturing crews use that co-educational program for their youth organization.

Dear Mr. Moncrief,

I wanted to write to thank you for assisting me in my Eagle Service Project. I would like to ask you to express my thanks to the Toe River District for their assistance as well. I also want to let you know that Mission Children’s Hospital was overwhelmed by the generosity that this project provided them.
Again thank you and please express my thanks to the Toe River District as well.

Bryce Greenlee
Eagle Scout Candidate

Scott Moncrief is a scouting ministry specialist
in the Blue Ridge District


The scouting program of United Methodist Men is supported by two full-time staff members at national headquarters as well as by 261 local scouting ministry specialists. Last year 6,300 United Methodist young people received God and Country awards through the St. Louis-based Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), the highest number of any denomination.

Half of all families with children and youth involved in scouting sponsored by a United Methodist Church are unchurched, thereby presenting an excellent evangelism and outreach opportunity.

Scouting in the Western North Carolina Conference is lead by

Civic youth-serving agencies/scouting coordinator

Elwood Mabe,
PO Box 244, Walnut Cove, NC 27052;,

and by these scouting ministry specialists:

Joseph Geniac,
Greensboro, NC

Timothy Buckner,
Weaverville, NC

Jack Kepley,
Salisbury, NC

Scott Moncrief,
Burnsville, NC
828/284-8510, 678-9570,

Don Sheets,
Morganton, NC-

David Van Antwerp,
Elkin, NC

More resources for scouting can be found at

A six-minute video entitled “Faith in Scouting” can be viewed at