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BSA and the LDS Church


The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) deeply appreciates our relationship with the LDS Church, one that began in the earliest years of the Scouting movement when the LDS Church became the first partner to sponsor Scouting in the United States.

The BSA offers a variety of programs from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to STEM Scouts, Exploring and Venturing, and our chartered partners are in the best position to decide which programs most appropriately meet the needs of the youth they serve.

Although thousands of youth and leaders who participate in Venturing crews nationwide embrace and support the program, we recognize that not all programs are a perfect fit for all partners.

We anticipate that many youth from the LDS Church will continue to participate in Scouting beyond the age of 14 as young men work to earn the Eagle Scout rank.

The BSA values our ongoing partnership with the LDS Church in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programming and look forward to our continued efforts to extend the benefits of Scouting to as many youth and families as possible.

Approximately 330,000 youth in the LDS Church are served by the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts program today. In fact, LDS Cub Scout packs consistently grow in membership year after year.

As one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, the Boy Scouts of America is deeply heartened by all of our religious partners’ ongoing commitment to Scouting which enables us to serve 2.3 million youth each year. For more information on the long-standing LDS-BSA partnership, visit Link.

To learn more, please read these Questions and Answers about Changes to the Young Men ProgramExternal Link from the LDS Church.


Does this mean the [LDS] Church is completely separating from the BSA? (copied from the questions link above)

  • The Church continues to look for ways to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of young men around the world. The current decision is consistent with those efforts. The Church will continue to use the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs for boys and young men ages 8 through 13.


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