On May 8, 2018 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it would be permanently severing its ties with Boy Scouts of America at the conclusion of 2019. That announcement has left those who have enjoyed the scouting program wondering about the future of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. The Trapper Trails Council hopes to answer some of those concerns at what is being called a Path Forward question and answer series starting at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgeline High School in Millville on Thursday, January 10th.
In May 2017, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it would be pulling as many as 185,000 older youth from the scouting program as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program. One year later, the church said it would place approximately 425,000 boys into a gospel-focused youth program it is developing but has yet to formally announce. The move ends a nearly century-old relationship that was based on the two organizations’ shared values.
In a video statement, National Commissioner of Boy Scouts of America Charles Dahlquist, who was formerly the General President of the Young Men organization of the LDS church, says many opportunities remain for youth to utilize the benefits of the scouting program.
“In fact,” Dahlquist explains, “plans are already in motion to establish new unit sponsors in your community in partnership with, among others, (Parent-Teacher Associations), (Parent-Teacher Organizations), schools, civic organizations, churches, businesses and neighborhood associations.”
Those still interested in Scouts have questions about the future of Scouting and the future of the Trapper Trails Council, the governing body for the scouting program in Northern Utah and Southwest Wyoming. The Path Forward question and answer series throughout Utah, Evanston and Rock Springs will not only discuss opportunities for youth to still be involved in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts without the official charter of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but also how people can volunteer and serve within the organization.
Liz Miller is a parent and scout leader in Riverton who plans to remain involved in scouting beyond 2019.
“I plan on staying in scouting after 2019 because of the relationships I’ve built with the youth that I serve,” she says in a video statement. “I give to them my time, but they give to me so much more.”
Other meetings are being held in Syracuse, Roy and Ogden on Thursday, with meetings in Evanston, Wyoming on Wednesday, January 16th and in Rock Springs, Wyoming on Wednesday, January 30th.