In response to media inquiries about a recent Boy Scouts of America policy change, the following statement has been released:
The Church is studying the announcement made yesterday by Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouts has assured its religious chartering organizations that, as in the past, they will be able to organize their troops in a way fully consistent with their religious beliefs. In recent years the Church has made several changes to its programs for youth and continues to look for ways to better serve its families and young people worldwide.
On Monday night, the organization announced through the Associated Press that transgender boys would be able to join. This is not the first time the Church has evaluated the program; last year, possible policy changes included allowing men of any sexual orientation to act as Boy Scout leaders. The Church worked closely with the BSA and eventually decided to continue with the Scouting program.