BEYOND 2020 - THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a long and wonderful history. As the Church transitions toward its new Youth Initiative, beginning in 2020 it will no longer be a chartering member of the BSA. However, the Church continues to support the aims and methods of Scouting.
This isn’t an end of Scouting for Latter Day Saint youth and adults. Rather, it’s a chance to continue the adventure started by so many scouts and leaders and a chance for others to join in on those adventures.
Purpose of Beyond 2020:
“To commit a boy to do his best—to do his duty to God, to his country, to his fellowmen, to true principals, and to himself—is to open avenues of vision and direction for him which can be critically important in his life.
A young man who understands and is fully committed to the great principals of the Scout Law has his feet firmly planted on a path that can lead to a happy and constructive life.”
Spencer W. Kimball
Purpose of BSA:
Boy Scouts of America Mission Statement
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Boy Scouts of America Vision Statement
The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.
Reason for the Transition
Michael Surbaugh (Chief Scout Executive) and Charles W. Dahlquist, II (Chair, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Transition Task Force)
Dear Scouting Families,
Thank you for your support of and involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. We recognize that for many of you, Scouting is a family tradition that spans many generations.
We are deeply grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints … This change has left some families wondering how they can participate in Scouting beyond January 1, 2020. Many are also concerned that involvement in the Church’s forthcoming youth program might preclude them from Scouting. Please rest assured that Scouting will continue to be available to all youth and families that desire to participate, and that you may do so with the Church’s blessing.
At the 2018 National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made the following statements, “This isn’t a divorce. It’s growth. We’re not in any way disavowing any of those virtues of Scouting. It is just the charter part that we are separating from…We are friends now and we will be friends forever. In 18 months when our charters are finished, we hope that many LDS youth who wish to do so will still choose to be in Scouting.”
Plans are already in motion to establish new unit sponsors in your community in partnership with, … Several months before the charters end, you will have the opportunity to select a new unit from among available sponsors. You will then be allowed to multiple register your son—at no charge—in both units for the balance of 2019. ….
With deepest appreciation, Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive
Charles W. Dahlquist, II, Chair, Transition Task Force