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Statement on BSA-LDS Relationship

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May 09, 2018

On Tuesday, May 8, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it will conclude its relationship as a chartered organization with all Scouting programs around the world effective December 31, 2019.

In this century of shared experience, the Church has grown from a U.S.-centered institution to a worldwide organization, with a majority of its membership living outside the United States. That trend is accelerating. The Church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally. In so doing, it will be necessary for the Church to discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA.

While the Church will no longer be a chartered partner of BSA or sponsor Scouting units after December 31, 2019, it continues to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law and has expressed its profound desire for Scouting’s continuing and growing success in the years ahead.