Our Path Forward
For more than a century, Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked together to instill character, citizenship and fitness in young people. Through the Church of Jesus Christ, millions of young people have been part of the Scouting adventure. For those families, Scouting is more than an activity – it’s a legacy. As of December 31, 2019, the formal partnership with the Church will come to an end, but your Scouting journey can continue!
This page will provide the latest tools and updates as you and your family transition to other Scouting units so they can continue the Scouting journey!
Can my family continue in Scouting?
Join Mark and Nettie Francis as they share key reasons why their family will “Still be Scouting” in 2020 and beyond!
Join Charles Dahlquist and Mark and Nettie Francis for a training on how to start a new Scouting unit.
Parent and leader Liz Miller, from Riverdale, talks about the connection Scouting provides with her children, her family and community. Her message highlights the value and impact of Scouting on the lives of families and why she’s continuing with Scouting into the future.
Charles Dahlquist discusses changes to the relationship between the BSA and the Church of Jesus Christ and how Scouting families will be continuing with Scouting.
Questions & Answers
Can my child continue in Scouting?
Yes! There are Cub Scout packs, Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships chartered by community and religious organizations in your area.
Can we be involved in both Church and Scouting activities?
Of course! In fact, the Tufts study found that sports and Scouting are a powerful driver of character development in young people. Additionally, the Baylor study “Merit Beyond the Badge” showed that Eagle Scouts had a greater connection to religious community.
Is Family Scouting available to us?
Yes! Scouting has always been a family activity. In fact, Cub Scouting now offers separate dens for girls and boys, and Scouting-age youth will have opportunities in single-gender troops beginning February 1, 2019.
Why should I continue?
Since the Scouting values, character and leadership training you have come to know are now available for your entire family, Scouting can continue to prepare your child to do hard things, set goals, earn the Eagle rank, prepare for a mission and serve our nation.
How can I help? Can I still serve?
There are many ways that you can help Scouting in your area. Whether you are volunteering directly with Scouts or helping out behind the scenes, you can make an impact on the lives of Scouts by volunteering your time.
Assisting directly with the Scouts on an ongoing basis
- Leader (Cubmaster, Den leader, Scoutmaster, Venturing crew Advisor)
- Assistant leader
- Board of review coordinator/member
- Court of honor coordinator/member
Helping directly with the Scouts in specific events or activities
- Event coordinator/event committee member
- Pinewood derby coordinator/committee member
- Service project coordinator/committee member
- Camping trip participant
- Banquet coordinator/committee member
- Day camp coordinator/participant
- Summer camp coordinator/participant/promotion
- Merit badge counselor
Support: Administrative Role
- Advancement committee chair/member
- Communications committee chair/committee member (Webmaster, PR, newsletter)
- Secretary: recordkeeping, activity permits, meeting minutes, annual recharter activities
- Treasurer/assistant treasurer
- Youth Protection training coordinator
- Life to Eagle coordinator
- Merit badge coordinator
- District Committee
- Chartered organization representative
- Friends of Scouting coordinator (fund-raising)
- Unit committee chair/member
- Unit youth recruiter
- Product sales committee coordinator/member
- Promoter of district/council events to parents
- Religious award committee coordinator/member
- District/council committee member
- Transportation coordinator
- Quartermaster (supplies)
How can I find a new unit to join?
Call (208) 376-4411, or find a local unit on BeAScout.org
What if i still have additional questions?
Chat with us online.
Call (208) 376-4411.
Come visit us at our Council Service Center