New information has been released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on plans announced in May for new worldwide resources for girls and boys, young women, and young men. The initiative for Latter-day Saint youth, ages 8 to 18, will replace all existing youth activity programs beginning in January 2020, including the Church’s relationship with all Scouting programs around the world.
Two new frequently asked questions and answers have been posted on childrenandyouth.lds.org. An email is being sent to youth leaders.
The frequently asked questions explain that “camps and other outdoor activities will be an important part of gospel learning, building relationships, and strengthening faith in Jesus Christ. Children and youth may participate in Primary day camps, Young Women camps, Young Men camps, and high adventure activities. … Activities will be based on needs rather than requirements.”
President M. Russell Ballard recently emphasized the need to find new ways to bless the children and youth of the Church.
“We have been considering for many years how we can best meet the needs of a worldwide Church. Our children and youth in every part of the world are so precious to us. We have a deep desire to help them strengthen faith in the Savior Jesus Christ and feel of His love,” President Ballard said.
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, said: “the happiest Individuals are those who engage socially and spiritually in ways which positively build others by also building themselves.”
Will camps and other outdoor activities be part of the new experience in 2020?
Yes. Camps and other outdoor activities will continue to be an important part of gospel learning, building relationships, and strengthening faith in Jesus Christ. Children and youth may participate in Primary day camps, Young Women camps, Young Men camps, and high adventure activities. Local leaders, youth, and parents will identify and provide outdoor activities that invite spiritual experiences and meet the needs of their children and youth.
What other types of activities will be part of the new experience?
Activities will be based on needs rather than requirements. Weekday activities, outdoor adventures, and youth conferences, including For the Strength of Youth conferences, will continue as a vital part of helping children and youth learn, develop friendships, serve, and strengthen faith in Jesus Christ.
For additional answers about the new children and youth development experience coming in January 2020, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.