Boy Scouts of America Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Community of Christ

A Scout’s “Duty to God” has been addressed by the BSA since the first Handbook for Boys was published in 1911 and continues to be an important aspect of Scouting today.

On July 7, 2017, this Scouting pillar was supported as the Boy Scouts of America completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Community of Christ in Independence, MO.

Chief Scout Executive, Michael Surbaugh and Scott Murphy, director of field ministries for Community of Christ recognized the relationship as an opportunity for both organizations to continue working together to instill strong values in youth.

According to Community of Christ, the first Boy Scout troop west of the Mississippi River was started at the Stone Church, a Community of Christ congregation just a few hundred feet from where the Temple now stands.

For more information on this memorandum of understanding, you can review the details here.


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