Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Leaders
Clarifications of the “Transition Guidelines and Timeline for Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Date: December 27, 2018) were given from Stephen W. Owen (Young Men General President) and Mark Francis (LDS-BSA Relationships Director) at the LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar- Church Office Building, April 4-6, 2019.
Below is a except from the above mentioned document.
- Guidelines:Organizing New Units. The responsibility for inviting youth and adult leaders to continue their Scouting experience is the responsibility of BSA. BSA may approach adults who may be interested in continuing as youth leaders. Church leaders should not refer adults or recruit adults or youth.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is careful to respect the agency of the individual and family.
- Any perception of a calling or assignment to assist the BSA needs to be avoided.
- In private conversation with a representative from BSA , referencing an individual from your personal perspective is acceptable
June through December 2019:
- BSA volunteers and professionals begin registration of Church youth who desire to continue their Scouting experience after December 31, 2019. These youth will be multiple-registered in their current Church Scouting unit and in their new Scouting unit until January 1, 2020.
- Parents and youth should be made aware of these newly formed Units options.
- Ensure family and individual agency will not be violated.
- Youth are encouraged to stay actively engaged in their current Church Scouting unit until December 31, 2019. Those who desire, may begin active participation on their own in their new Scouting unit starting January 1, 2020.
- New Unit meetings and activities should never overtake with the youth’s Ward responsibilities.
Subject: Frequently Asked Questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America
Can Church leaders invite youth and adult leaders to continue in Scouting? The responsibility for inviting youth and adult leaders to continue their Scouting experience belongs to BSA. BSA may approach adults who may be interested in continuing as youth leaders. Church leaders should not refer adults or recruit adults or youth at any time; neither should Church leaders distribute materials to those who might be interested in remaining in Scouting.
The intent of this FAQ point was to maintain the agency of individuals to manage their own time and interest. Any attempt for a church leader to ask someone to volunteer of their time could infringe upon their agency through creating a feeling of expectation to commit to such.
This statement was not to limit name suggestions to BSA as to good character and potential members beyond 2020 when asked.
Still Scouting: Transition Guidelines and Timeline explanation Video
Mark Francis Charles W. Dahlquist, II (Chair, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Transition Task Force)