May 11, 2017
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) deeply appreciates our relationship with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one that began in the earliest years of the Scouting… Read More
For more than a century, Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked together to instill character, citizenship and fitness in young people. Through the Church of Jesus Christ, millions of young people have been part of the Scouting adventure. More than 145,000 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout since 2000 alone. For those families, Scouting is more than an activity – it’s a legacy. As of December 31, 2019, the formal partnership with the Church will come to an end, but your Scouting journey can continue!
This page will provide the latest news and updates as you and your family transition to other Scouting units so they can continue the Scouting journey!
Vision 2020 at Philmont Training Center
We are excited to inform you about–and extend an invitation to–a unique opportunity at Philmont Training Center this summer: Vision 2020.
Vision 2020 is an inaugural week of training, networking, and energizing that will enable Latter-day Saint families to continue their Scouting journey in the coming year.
The conference will be held from Saturday, June 15th to Saturday, June 22nd, and we are excited that it will feature many of the signature events from the past five decades of “LDS weeks” at Philmont.
Charles Dahlquist, former National Commissioner, will serve as conference chair, along with Mark Francis, National LDS-BSA Relationships Director as conference advisor.
We are excited to begin this new era of Scouting and look forward to working with you and supporting you through this transition.
Parent and leader Liz Miller talks about the connection Scouting provides with her children, her family and community. Her message highlights the value and impact of Scouting on the lives of families and why she’s continuing with Scouting past December 2019.
Charles Dahlquist discusses changes to the relationship between the BSA and the Church of Jesus Christ and how Scouting families will be continuing with Scouting.
Questions and Answers
Yes! There are Cub Scout packs, Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships chartered by community and religious organizations in your area. Call your local council service center to find a unit near you – or start one of your own!
Of course! In fact, the Tufts study found that sports and Scouting are a powerful driver of character development in young people. Additionally, the Baylor study “Merit Beyond the Badge” showed that Eagle Scouts had a greater connection to religious community.
Yes! Scouting has always been a family activity. In fact, Cub Scouting now offers separate dens for girls and boys, and Scouting-age youth will have opportunities in single-gender troops.
Since the Scouting values, character and leadership training you have come to know are now available for your entire family, Scouting can continue to prepare your child to do hard things, set goals, earn the Eagle rank, prepare for a mission and serve our nation.
You can serve as a leader, help with training, organize a new unit. And above all, remind people that the Scouting adventure continues!