The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will cease their chartered partnership with the Boy Scouts of America as of December 31, 2019, the Church announced in an official statement Tuesday.
A joint statement from the LDS Church and BSA reported, “The Church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally. In so doing, it will be necessary for the Church to discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA.”
A new children and youth initiative will replace the LDS Church’s involvement in with BSA programs, effective January 2020. This initiative will be designed to “help children and youth discover their eternal identity, build character and resilience, develop life skills, participate in outdoor activities and service opportunities, and strengthen their ability to fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God,” according to Mormon Newsroom.
Until December 31, 2019, “all Scouting units will continue to be chartered,” reported Mormon Newsroom.
The LDS Church will exit this more than 100-year partnership with gratitude. “The Scouting program has benefited hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saint boys and young men, and BSA has also been greatly benefited in the process,” said the Church-Scout joint statement. “We jointly express our gratitude to the thousands of Scout leaders and volunteers who have selflessly served over the years in Church-sponsored Scouting units, including local BSA districts and councils.”
For updates on the new initiative, click here.
To read the official statement, click here.