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

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

This was orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in the Boy Scouts of America’s news­room on May 11, 2017.