Mormon Church to End 105-Year Relationship With Boy Scouts

Mormon church to cut ties with Scouts and start its own gospel-driven youth program
Church Announces Plan for Worldwide Initiative for Children and Youth

10 May, 2018

Though the Church of Latter-Day Saints has been a chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America for a century, the past few years has seen that relationship fracture over the Scouts' increasing acceptance of gay members.

The Church of Latter Day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America have announced they are ending their official relationship after more than a century.

A joint statement read in part, "The Church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally".

Without citing specific reasons, the Mormons announced that their 105-year partnership with the Scouts will end, effective December 31, 2019. It ended its ban on openly gay youths participating in its activities in 2013, and ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders two years later.

Several supported the Boy Scouts in its future moving forward from the break-no jab at the Mormon Church in sight. The Mormon church teaches that homosexuality is a sin and opposes gay marriage.

"Since its inception, Girl Scouts has been about putting girls front and center, ensuring that everything we do is with their best interests in mind and equips girls to be fearless leaders and change-makers".

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The Boy Scouts of America, which acknowledged a year ago that it has taken a financial hit from settlements in child abuse cases, has lobbied against proposals in multiple states that would expose the organization to more lawsuits, according to victim advocates and proponents of the legislation.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are lobbying in multiple states against legislation that could expose the group to lawsuits over old child abuse cases, according to a report in The Washington Post.

A group of church leaders already responsible for youths - including men and women from various countries - will spend the next year and a half developing and testing the new youth program around the world, allowing for local adaptations.

Girl Scouts of the U.S. - A separate organization for girls.

"Scouting was nearly its own religion", and the commitment required was not compatible with a church that depends on an all-volunteer clergy, Baker said. And in 2017, it started allowing girls into more of its programs. The church reportedly paid the same annual lump sum it paid to the BSA in 2017 to boring the impact of such a major loss of revenue, Deseret News reported.

Unhitching from Boy Scouts will trigger nostalgia for American Mormons who grew up aiming for the important life milestone of Eagle Scout, said Mormon scholar Patrick Mason, professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University in California.

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