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LDS Church Splits from Boy Scout Varsity and Venturing Programs

LDS Church Splits from Boy Scout Varsity and Venturing Programs

News Release from Mormon Newsroom The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 11, 2017, announced significant changes to the activity program for young men ages 14–18. Listed below are several questions and responses media and others may have regarding this change. The change affects young men in the United States and Canada. Though the answers below are specific …

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Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

This article was written by  Jarom Shaver and originally published on the blog of the Utah National Parks Council.  Does scouting keeps boys on missions? The answer is yes and no. Of course, Scouting has much to offer to prospective missionaries. That’s obvious; the Church wouldn’t include it in their youth programs if it didn’t. Many of our youth even …

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LDS Church Responds to BSA Policy Announcement

LDS Church Responds to BSA Policy Announcement

News Release from Mormon Newsroom 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 …

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Ground Broken on Scouting Complex Named After President Monson

Ground Broken on Scouting Complex Named After President Monson

“The need for strong, capable leadership is critical today, both in Scouting and in the world generally,” said President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a video greeting recorded for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex in Glen Jean, West Virginia. The event was held Wednesday, June …

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Eagle Scout Creates Beautiful History of Provo Tabernacle

Eagle Scout Creates Beautiful History of Provo Tabernacle for Project

Dalton McIntire, an Eagle Scout from Provo, Utah, has created a touching tribute of the Provo Tabernacle, which was destroyed by a devastating fire in December 2010; the video was created by McIntire for his Eagle Scout Project. In the video, Provo residents share their favorite memories of the Provo Tabernacle and their experiences as they watched it burn. They …

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New In 2016, Boy Scouts Will Discuss ‘duty to God’ at Each Rank

Beginning in 2016, Boy Scouts Will Discuss ‘duty to God’ at Each Rank

  Eagle-eyed Scouts and Scouters have noticed something new in the Boy Scout rank requirements that take effect next year: “tell how you have done your duty to God.” To be clear, “duty to God” has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America from the start. The first BSA Handbook for Boys, published in 1911, says “no boy can grow into the best …

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LDS Boy Scout in Virginia Earns All 141 Merit Badges

LDS Boy Scout in Virginia Earns All 141 Merit Badges

  Nathaniel Cummings, an 18-year-old LDS Boy Scout from Virginia, has completed a rare feat by earning all 141 merit badges offered by the Scouting program. Cummings started the journey when he was 11 and finished just two weeks before his eighteenth birthday, the age in which scouts conclude the program. He was honored in a ceremony for his achievement …

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Church Re-evaluating Scouting Program

Church Re-evaluating Scouting Program

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today after a vote on a policy change by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to admit openly gay leaders: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay …

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Scouting, Duty to God, and the Aaronic Priesthood

Scouting, Duty to God & the Aaronic Priesthood

Ben Anderson is the founder of Boy Scout 411. You can learn more about their resources for scouting here.  I have been asked this question numerous times: “Why does the LDS Church support Scouting when they have the Duty to God program?” I always ask a follow-up question with “What do you know about the Duty to God program?” I …

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Church Comments on Boy Scouts of America Resolution on Adult Leader Standards

LDS Church Splits from Boy Scout Varsity and Venturing Programs

Only July 13, 2015, the Boy Scouts of America announced they have adopted a new charter and resolution that changed the adult leadership standards policy. The new resolution states that chartered organizations will now be able to select leaders regardless of their sexual orientation. However, the resolution also affirms the right of religious charters to choose leaders whose beliefs and standards …

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