LDS church to go forward with Boy Scouts of America program

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just announced it has decided to continue to be a chartering organization of the Boy Scouts of America.

The LDS church said in a statement, "at this time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify Church doctrine, values, and standards."

In July, The LDS Church expressed concerns about the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow gay troop leaders, and there was talk the LDS Church might consider breaking their troops away from scouting to form their own group.

“There was a lot of uncertainty that we’ve been dealing with,” said Rick Barnes, a scout executive for Great Salt Lake Council.

David Pack is the scout executive for Utah National Parks council, and his council includes 90,000 youth and 47,000 leaders. He said 99 percent of their scout members are in troops chartered by the LDS Church.

“We're humbled and excited by the announcement coming from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” Pack said of the announcement from LDS Church leaders.

Memebers of the LGBT community are also applauding the decision.

“I think the LDS Church is listening carefully and that they want all the citizens of the United States to feel accepted and feel safe,” said Marian Edmonds-Allen, who is the Executive Director for the Utah Pride Center.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Wednesday from the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles regarding the Church’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys and to thousands of other youth. As leaders of the Church, we want the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to succeed in its historic mission to instill leadership skills and high moral standards in youth of all faiths and circumstances, thereby equipping them for greater success in life and valuable service to their country.

In the resolution adopted on July 27, 2015, and in subsequent verbal assurances to us, BSA has reiterated that it expects those who sponsor Scouting units (such as the Church) to appoint Scout leaders according to their religious and moral values “in word and deed and who will best inculcate the organization’s values through the Scouting program.” At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify Church doctrine, values, and standards.

With equal concern for the substantial number of youth who live outside the United States and Canada, the Church will continue to evaluate and refine program options that better meet its global needs.

In response to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' decision to continue its partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, Zach Wahls, co-founder and Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, issued the following statement:

"We are heartened by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' decision to continue working with the Boy Scouts of America and to continue offering the program to its young men. We have maintained from the beginning of our campaign that the values and life lessons of Scouting are universal, and we would have been saddened to see hundreds of thousands of youth denied the opportunity to participate in the Boy Scouts. We hope to continue to work to build a stronger and more welcoming Boy Scouts of America with friends and allies across the religious and political spectrum."

28 comments

    • Terrazzo

      We follow the Prophet. When the time comes we will disengage from Souting as it is becoming. Having a Prophet is to follow him. We will be in the watch for wolves among our youth!

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Why is the LGBTQQ community discriminating against transgendered people like Bruce Jenner (aka Caitlyn) who might want to be boy scout leaders? I think lesbians and transgendered people would make excellent roll models for the young men to follow.

  • Matt

    My wife and I are presently involved in Cub Scouts and I am a former ACC in a council in Utah. I am personally stunned by the decision of the LDS Church to to remain in scouting. We have not, and we will not, support scouting financially or otherwise and this will be our last assignment in scouting. Friends of Scouting will suffer because there are simply too many members who disagree with this decision and I believe that folks will use their agency and refuse to support the program. I feel this sets a bad precedent and do feel that the church should set up a YM program and drop scouting altogether. Life goes on…

    • Lds guy

      I’m with you Matt. I am an 11 year old Scout leader and I don’t feel comfortable donating time to the Boy Scouts anymore. I’m going to pray and ponder for the next few days, but I will likely tell the bishop I’m not comfortable working in scouts anymore. I might even pull my 12 year old son out of the program as well.

    • Dale

      Have you not seen most of the statistics about who it is that is actually taking advantage of the youth in churches, boy scouts, schools etc? It is MOSTLY straight men. So you need to be worried about some of the leaders you have working in the scouting program.

      • Bob

        This is 100% true, Dale. G@y scout leaders haven’t been allowed in the Scouts previously, yet look how many boys have been victimized throughout the history of the program Their @busers most frequently identified as straight and christian/mormon. These g@y leaders know THEY will be utterly profiled, discriminated against and scrutinized. It’s not the ones that are openly out people need to worry about. People should do some research into ped0phile/peder@st stats in general. Most are middle-aged, straight, christian, white men.

  • Ally

    That really is unfortunate. I had hoped they would cut ties so my children could participate in Scouts without worry of them being recruited. Too bad.

  • Pedro

    LDS church continues to cave to social pressure, political correctness….etc. It won’t be long before Gays can be married in the ward house and women will have the priesthood.

      • Bob

        The LDS church is all about the power and the money – the money and the power. They have been PC since they changed their doctrine to prohibit polygamy to get statehood and refuted their policy on black people to keep on pace with the civil rights revolution. They want to be mainstream and well-funded. They don’t care about your soul – they care about their bottom line. They will manipulate you into the precise sheeple they need to make the most money, and they will sell you out the minute you compromise their money-making scheme.

        Joseph Smith was a known mason, liar and grifter.

        If you want to get into super-special mormon heaven, here you go:

  • Thomas

    I have spoken my mind on LGBT issues. They have divided and strained friendships, co-workers and even some family. If they choose to live this kind of lifestyle I don’t want to be involved in their lives nor supportive of this kind of lifestyle or organizations that support this lifestyle. This might sound hateful to some but I at least have a clear conscience with God about this.

    • Bob

      So has the LDS church. You think missionaries haven’t divided families and led them into discord and contention? You’re a hypocrite.

      • Bob

        Why is it “hate” to call out mormons for dividing families but NOT hate to blame gays for issues in the scouts they couldn’t have caused because they haven’t been allowed in the organization? Why is it okay for our sons to be molested in the scouts for the decades it’s existed and the orgaization is still FLOURISHING because their abusers identified publicly as straight?

  • Pedro

    Bob, I find it interesting that some of your posted videos appear to attack Mormonism from a Christian “Grace” oriented perspective. What religion or church do you subscribe to? And can I have your personal email address so I can send you hours of videos showing how silly your beliefs are?

  • Laura

    I definitely called this one wrong because of
    the possible
    lawsuits ahead but I support the church leadership in the decision. I hope it benefits communities worldwide.

    • Bob

      Meh. I don’t have an invisible space man – I don’t believe in them and NONE are correct. I just like to troll stupid mormons because they’re hypocrites and don’t even KNOW their own rules, let alone follow them. Yet they want others not affiliated with their idiocy to be governed by their idiocy.

  • Bob

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Where are the good, devout LDS faithful? You would break from the teachings of the church and the word of your prophet? Is yours the true church and your prophet the word of god on Earth or is is not? If you would ignore church edict on this subject, how can you call yourself among the holy? If “the” church says THIS is THE way, who are YOU to question it? If you are correct in your dissent, how is this THE church??? How is refusing to follow the edict regarding the Scouts better than telling people to wear pants to church? You think YOUR line to god is better than that of your leaders? Do you think YOU are better than those who questioned the decades-old decision to welcome blacks to the priesthood? If you think the decision of the leaders doesn’t apply to you, you should consider finding a new religion. Isn’t that what you said to the feminists?

    Maybe this will be the issue that destroys the mor(m)on church. Yay LGBT’s – you’re winning. Must be the will of god.

  • Whoopie Doo McEnroe

    I somewhat agree with the decision. It shouldn’t be a knee jerk reaction. To immediately pull out of BSA without implementing another program would be disastrous. I give it 5 years or once someone decides to file a law suit. The Church needs to implement its own program then withdraw.

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