Over the past several years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been conducting an extensive review of all existing children and youth activities and personal development programs. As a global church with millions of children and youth, they needed to address diverse needs and fortify all children and youth with gospel-centered growth and learning experiences now more than ever.

The focus of this new approach by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is for children and youth is to help young people strengthen faith in Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This approach is intended to help children and youth discover their eternal identity, build character and resilience, develop life skills, participate in outdoor activities and service opportunities, and strengthen their ability to fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.

In the new experience, children and youth will be encouraged to focus on setting and achieving goals to develop spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually as they seek to follow Jesus Christ. This approach is intended to reduce burdens on families, with greater flexibility to adapt to the needs of individuals and families around the world in many different circumstances.

The intention of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that all Scouting units will continue to be chartered until December 31, 2019. During this time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will continue to register all boys ages 8–13, those 14 and older working on rank advancement, and adult leaders associated with those youth. All adult leaders should continue to receive Youth Protection and other required training for their position. Camps, regular activities, and Friends of Scouting will all continue until December 31, 2019.

Rechartering should follow the process outlined in this resource: BSA Online Rechartering and Updating Rosters for LDS Units. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will continue to fund chartering activities through December 31, 2019. All affiliations with Scouting by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be discontinued as of December 31, 2019.
Beginning January 1, 2020, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints activity and achievement programs may be affected, including Faith in God for Girls and Boys, Activity Days for Girls and Boys, Personal Progress, and Duty to God. Until then, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints encourage children and youth, parents and leaders to remain fully engaged in these programs. Source


Transition Plan.


Be available, Be supportive, Be discrete. 

NOW is the time. Your local district committee members are making themselves available to assist everyone in this process as much as possible. Please feel free to met them before, during, or after any District Committee Meeting or Roundtable.  

What the the districts have provided thus far are some options.

A. Some units are already established, Abiding by 8.15 "Young Men and Boys of Other Faiths Young men and boys of other faiths who agree to abide by Church standards should be welcomed and encouraged to participate in Scouting activities." 

B. Some units opening their Scout Hall doors making their facilities available and are willing to share scouting resources. Some may have day/time schedule adjustments or simply space as available basis. These require simply talking to the units. 

C. Some units are making themselves available to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members with open arms. 


New Unit development goals.

The establishment of a new Unit can take at least 6-8 months to develop. Change takes time, so start now!.

Each District Key 3 should have a plan for one new Pack and at least one new Troop within the geographically each local stake boundaries.  

The already coordinated list is available here

Each new Unit is recommended to have:

Unit bylaws that will include “ pdf For the Strength of Youth ” from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a standard.

It is recommended the Unit Key 3 Leadership initially are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the following purposes:

  • Understanding the transition from the church centered to family centered program.
  • Flexibility within scheduling due to Ward, Stake and the new Youth initiative obligations.
  • There will be no camping or event participation on Sunday.

A central contact volunteer (Champion) will be identified by the BSA District within each Church Stake geographical boundary.

Their purpose will be:

  • To interface within the LDS community on behalf of the BSA.
  • Be a "familiar face" within each stake for families wishing to continue.
  • Duration is Until a Pack and a Troop has been Chartered within each Church Stake geographical boundary.


Chartering Organizations Goals

Each new Unit needs a Chartering Organization that is committed to pdfFor the Strength of Youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a standard.


Unit Commissioners Goals

The New Unit Commissioners are key to the success of a new Unit.

Recruit a New Unit Commissioner for every new Unit created or within each Church Stake geographical boundary.


Communications Plan

Starting June 1st 2019 Unit Committee members have been reaching out to individuals they have a personal or private connection to through the use of in person conversation, email, phone calls, fliers, and Social Media methods. These communications are from the individual and do not reflect sponsorship from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A friendship, kinship or simple comradery to hold a conversation or express enjoyment and/or excitement in that that individual’s intent.

You may start seeing Fliers, banners and/or yard art which may reflect the use of the Boy Scouts of America current Scout me in Campaign which look like these examples below. The intent of those notices are to provide interested individuals with meeting location information of Boy Scouts of America units in the local districts.

Similar information can be gleaned through the use of

Boy Scouts of America district level Fliers, Email, advertisements, may also be presented to you through the use of existing subscriber/membership-based communications services. These would be the normal district membership messages you would be used to seeing. The local districts are inviting all members regardless of Chartering partner to have knowledge or be in support of that event or activity. This is not directly targeting anyone. There are no new communications distribution groups, phone trees, or mailing lists being established that we are aware of. It is not the Boy Scouts of America’s intent to create additional annoyances in anyone’s normal daily activities. Do unto Others ..aka.. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.


Communication Goals

Share the Council’s Transition Plan and Latest information by:

  • Simplify information (This webpage).
  • Emailing BSA members.
  • Developing practical and effective external communication plans.
  • This webpage.
  • A Facebook page (coming soon).
  • Visual Presence.
  • Use yard signs, banners, etc. for “Scout Me In” messaging in our communities.
  • Educate and Answer Questions.
  • Sharing the transition videos.
  • Conduct town hall meetings.