Mormons cut ties to Boy Scouts

Move came a week after the BSA announced it would cut “boy” from its name

The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City (shutterstock)

The Mormon Church has announced that it will end all association with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and other worldwide Scouting programs, a week after the BSA announced it would cut “boy” from the name because it now accepts girls.

“Effective on December 31, 2019, the Church will conclude its relationship as a chartered organization with all Scouting programs around the world,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) announced on May 8.

Instead, next year it plans to launch its own youth programs to “help all girls and boys, young women and young men discover their eternal identity, build character and resilience, develop life skills, and fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.”

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced that their main scouting program would be renamed simply “Scouts BSA” and accept girls, as will its Cub Scouts program for children aged nine and younger. Scout troops will reportedly continue to be separated by sex, but the move has received widespread criticism for continuing the trend of erasing gender distinctions in the name of “inclusion.”

The Mormon announcement does not mention the BSA’s latest policy change, and in fact “honor[s] Scouting organizations for their continued goal to develop character and instill values in youth.” It also calls on Mormons to continue supporting the BSA’s programs for boys aged 8-13 until December 31.

Several Christian organizations, such as American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA, have also risen in the past several years to offer more traditional alternatives to the BSA and the Girl Scouts, the latter of which has embraced the pro-abortion cause in several ways.

Full story at LifeSiteNews.

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  1. St. Christopher says:

    Let’s follow up Bishops. Time to kick Satan out and his children.

    Oh yes, dump all connection to the Girls Scouts, too, while you are at it.

  2. Deacon Craig Anderson says:

    Let us pray that Catholic churches have the courage to cut ties with transgender Scouting, as did our evangelical brothers and Mormon neighbors. And, I say this sadly as a former Boy Scout committee chair and father of an Eagle Scout. An alternative is the Federation of North American Explorers. FNE is a Roman Catholic faith-based, outdoor youth movement in Canada and the United States of America based on the methods of Lord Robert Baden-Powell and Venerable Jacques Sevin, SJ. Check out
    https://www.fneexplorers.com/ Our Byzantine Catholic parish in Albuquerque is blessed by FNE, which has programs for boys and girls.

  3. Bob One says:

    I’m an Eagle Scout, a former Council leader and trainer. I’m appalled at the tack the BSA has taken. Scouting isn’t about camping, its about building strong leaders. It uses the outdoor programs as a way to teach young men how to learn how to lead, how to plan, how to execute, how to become a man, for God and Country. The values the BSA taught are not supported by a large segment of the population today. Those values are considered wrong or hateful. Its very disappointing how a bed-rock organization like the BSA can be transformed so quickly by new cultural norms.

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