Church Of Jesus Christ of LDS Program Changes

posted May 11, 2017, 1:17 PM by Daniel Anderson   [ updated May 11, 2017, 1:25 PM ]
From Deseret News:

-The LDS Church, the oldest and largest charter organization of the Boy Scouts of America, will drop Scouting from its Young Men's program for boys ages 14 through 17.

-The church will continue to sponsor Cub Scouts for boys 8 to 10 and Boy Scout programs for those 11 through 13 as part of the Young Men's program.

-The BSA released a statement on Thursday [May 11th, 2017] that said in part, "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."

What this means:

-LDS Wards, as an entity of local Stakes, will not serve as the chartered organization for a Varsity Team or Venturing Crew.
-Young men may continue to be registered in a Boy Scout troop as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements for membership.
-Young men may register in a Varsity Team or Venturing Crew that is sponsored by an organization other than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
-The Church focus for young men ages 14 to 17 will be to further their role in the Aaronic Priesthood.

The Aaronic Priesthood is "an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood" (D&C 107:14). It is often called the preparatory priesthood. As a priesthood holder serves in the Aaronic Priesthood, he prepares to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, to receive the blessings of the temple, to serve a full-time mission, to be a loving husband and father, and to continue in lifelong service to the Lord. []

-This does not preclude those youth from registering in Boy Scout or other organizations.