. . .The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that it will be severing all ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year, continuing its break from the group after diverging values, according to an Associated Press report.
The Mormon Church is one of the largest sponsors of the Boy Scouts, which announced last week that after 108 years, it was changing the name of its 11-17 year old member club to Scouts BSA in order to make way for girls to join. The existing Girls Scouts of America blasted the group for its decision last year.
The Church removed 185,000 boys between the ages of 14 and 18 from the Boy Scouts last year, and plans to move its remaining 425,000 boys into a youth program it is working on . . .
“The Church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally. In so doing, it will be necessary for the Church to discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA,” the statement read.
Until the end of the year, the Church stated that it intends to “remain a fully engaged partner in Scouting for boys and young men ages 8–13 and encourages all youth, families, and leaders to continue their active participation and financial support.” (Read more from “First Giant Religious Group Announces Break up with New Boy Scouts” HERE)