On May 8, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints announced that effective at the end of 2019, they will no longer be using the Boy Scouts of America as their official youth program.
“On behalf of the NCAC staff and board of directors I want to express our deep gratitude to the countless leaders and families who have given give so much to our young men and women over the past century,” said Les Baron, National Capital Area Council, BSA’s Scout Executive and CEO. “Our two organizations will continue to do great things for young people for many years to come.”
Locally, in our Council, approximately 3,400 Scouts are members of units chartered by the LDS Church. Scouting is a beloved, values-based tradition for many Mormon families. We are confident that many LDS Scouting families will go on to enjoy Scouting for years to come – continuing the legacy of LDS youth who have become Eagle Scouts and community leaders. For LDS families who want to continue the tradition of Scouting beyond 2019, NCAC will ensure a smooth transition to community-sponsored units.
Over the past century BSA and LDS Church have maintained a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. We have a great depth of shared history, and as we move forward into this new chapter in Scouting, we remain proud of what we have accomplished together in helping multiple generations of leaders to Be Prepared.