The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Announcement
Dear GLAAC Scouting Family:
Thank you for the leadership and support you provide to the youth of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council (GLAAC). Your efforts truly make a difference in the lives of our Scouts.
This communication is designed to make you aware of the decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to cease its partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, effective December 31, 2019. This decision was based on The Church’s desire to pursue programming that helps them meet the needs of their global membership. Today, the BSA serves approximately 425,000 youth in The Church across the nation. This represents approximately 18.5% of the BSA’s overall membership. We know that many of you will have questions regarding The Church’s decision and have attached a joint statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America. Also, we have included a FAQ for your review.
The Greater Los Angeles Area Council deeply appreciates the longstanding partnership we’ve had with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For nearly a century, we have partnered to teach youth the core values found in the Scout Oath and Law. At the end of 2017, the GLAAC served 1,732 LDS youth, which was supported by 822 dedicated volunteers. We gratefully acknowledge the incredible support of the many dedicated volunteers of The Church. During the transition, the Greater Los Angeles Area Council will partner with The Church members and district leadership teams to build a plan for LDS family members who desire to stay in Scouting beyond 2019. We will identify neighboring units who will welcome our LDS Scouts and families, so they can continue their Scouting journey.