A week after the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it would change its name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to cut its century-old relationship with the organization.
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In a joint statement, the church said that both organizations have benefitted from the relationship, but after over 100 years, the relationship had run its course.
The statement explained that in the years since the relationship began, the church has become a worldwide organization and with the majority of its members living outside the United States, it needs a global youth leadership program.
“We have jointly determined that, effective on December 31, 2019, the Church will conclude its relationship as a chartered organization with all Scouting programs around the world,” it concluded.
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The announcement comes shortly after the Boy Scouts announced that it would be changing its name to Scouts BSA.
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“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” the organization said.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sever ties with the organization two months before the name change takes place.
In a statement, the church explained that although the partnership is ending, its belief in the Boy Scouts’ mission continues.
“It continues to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law and expresses its profound desire for Scouting’s continuing and growing success in the years ahead,” it said.
According to Fox News 31, the church is one of the largest sponsors of the Boy Scouts and it will be placing its remaining 425,000 boys into a gospel-focused youth program that is being developed.