Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church (Mormon) declared it won’t be a part in the programs for older teenagers of Boy Scouts’ starting from next year.
This decision came after the church’ has already showed its disagreement of Scouts’ acknowledgment of LGBT pioneers as well as transgender youngsters.
In an open letter to the church leaders on Thursday, the First Presidency, the church’s top governing body, said: “We express sincere appreciation and gratitude all adult leaders who have supported young men in these programs and are grateful for our long-standing and continuing partnership with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada.”
“Young men ages 14–18 are not being served well by the Varsity or Venturing programs, which have historically been difficult to implement within the Church,” the church explained.
“The BSA has always allowed the Church to operate its programs in ways that are consistent with our standards and beliefs, and they have been very supportive. This change is to address the needs of young men ages 14 to 18. The Church is always evaluating what is best for our youth and families, and will continue to do so,” The church announced.
Commenting on the church’s decision, Boy Scouts’ sent an email to the National Public radio describing its relationship with Mormon as “the first partner to sponsor Scouting in the U.S.”
“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,” Boy Scouts’ wrote.
“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,” the email continued. “The BSA values our ongoing partnership with the LDS Church in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programming and look forward to our continued efforts to extend the benefits of Scouting to as many youth and families as possible.”