Mormon Church Will Stay With Boy Scouts, Just Will Prequalify Scout Leaders

Boy Scouts at play. Photo credit: Instagram/boyscoutsofamerica

Boy Scouts at play. Photo credit: Instagram/boyscoutsofamerica

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) announced last week that they would continue their affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) despite the latter’s new policy to accept gay members as Scout leaders. Part of the Church’s official statement reads,

At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify Church doctrine, values, and standards.

The Church’s decision to remain in affiliation with the Scouts was brought into question on July 27th of this year after the Scouts’ national executive board amended their charter to allow the admission of openly gay leaders and employees. At that time, the LDS Church admitted that it was “deeply troubled” by the change and said that the policy was “inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church.”

The Scouts’ organization countered that its policy allows religious chartered organizations to continue to choose Scout leaders whose beliefs and values are consistent with their own.

In its August 26th statement, LDS emphasized that they had met with BSA officials and had been assured that they would be able to continue to choose Scout leaders based on their respective “moral and religious values.” To this end, LDS will prescreen and prequalify Mormon Scout leaders to ensure that individual Scout leader values are in line with the doctrine of LDS.

LDS has roughly 15 million church members across the globe. The question of LDS remaining in affiliation with the Scouts is a significant one in that LDS is the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts nationwide.

The Church wrote, “As leaders of the Church, we want the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to succeed in its historic mission to instill leadership skills and high moral standards in youth of all faiths and circumstances, thereby equipping them for greater success in life and valuable service to their country.”


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