Mormon Church to End 105-Year Relationship With Boy Scouts

LDS church is cutting ties with Boy Scouts

This change will affect hundreds of thousands of boys Mormon 30 500 congregations around the world.

However, previous year it did remove some 185,000 boys between the ages of 14 and 18 from the Boy Scouts, instead turning them towards church-based community service. The denomination's approximately 470,000 boys who participate in Scouting will be moved into a new program that the LDS Church is developing to replace the Boy Scouts.

Church officials attributed its changing needs to its increasingly global membership - more than half of the church's 16 million members live outside the USA and Canada. The church spoke of creating its own scouting-style program - and it looks like, three years later, the church has finally made good on its promise.

Tuesday night's announcement said that the Church would continue to be a sponsor of Scouting for approximately the next 18 months. The organization, known for building moral character in male youth, started accepting gay scouts in 2013, gay scout leaders in 2015, so-called transgender scouts in 2017 and has now adopted a gender-neutral name as part of an ad campaign seeking to recruit girls in 2018. Girl Scouts develops programs that address a girl's physical, emotional and mental development - focusing on the total girl - highlighting those areas that help girls to grow and become successful business owners, scientists, engineers, doctors, civic leaders and environmental stewards.

A year ago, the church said it would no longer participate in the Boy Scouts' programs for older teenagers, saying that in most of its USA and Canada congregations, "young men ages 14 to 18 are not being served well" by the BSA's programs. "We're just not kind of aligning with what the church needs men to focus on".

"The children and youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide are precious to us".

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Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming consists of more than 11,000 girls and adults, with national membership at 2.6 million.

The church's announcement follows the Boy Scouts' unprecedented decision in 2015 to allow gay troop leaders and previous year, to allow girls in its ranks - both seemingly at odds with the conservative beliefs of the Mormon church.

"It'll be a blow", said Mark Griffin, president of the Great Salt Lake Council, told the Deseret News.

Girl Scouts has worked closely with girls, volunteers, and staff to ensure its programs are what girls want and need.

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