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Many local Protestant churches organized Scout troops in the early days
of the Scouting movement. Of the 7,375 registered troops at the close of
1915, more than 4,000 were chartered to Protestant churches, and 1,645
Scoutmasters were ministers. When church troops became numerous, some
of the denominational bodies decided to give recognition to the values of
Scouting as a resource for the churches in their youth ministries. Among the
earliest endorsements were from the Northern Baptist Convention, 1918;
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1918; United Lutheran Church in America,
1918; Congregational Churches, 1919; Methodist Church, 1919; and Southern
Baptist Convention, 1923. Today, Protestant churches have organized more
than 26 percent of all packs, troops, and crews, making them the largest
user of the Scouting program.

Currently, the following organizations have endorsed the program of
the Boy Scouts of America: African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church;
American Baptist; Church of God (Indiana); Church of God International
Offices; Church of God of Prophecy; Churches of God; Church of the
Nazarene; Episcopal Church; General Conference, General Association
of General Baptists; General Council of the Assemblies of God; Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod; Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting;
Moravian Church, Northern Province; Moravian Church, Southern Province;
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Southern Baptist; The Salvation Army; The
United Methodist Church; United Pentecostal Church; and West Virginia
Baptist Convention.