After several years of declining membership, the Mormon Church has decided to pull all teenage boys out of the program as they work on implementing their own scouting program.
This measure comes as a major loss to the Boy Scouts of America, as the Mormon church is the single biggest sponsor of the Boy Scouts in the United States. Between 130,000 and 180,000 teenage boys are to be leaving the Scouts, though boys between ages eight and thirteen will still remain.
There are 2.3 million youths in the Boy Scouts, so this number is just a small fraction of the number of Scouts overall. Spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos states that the organization is saddened to be losing the Mormon members of the Boy Scouts, but they also understand the importance of allowing the church to conduct its own programming as they see fit.
For more than a century, the church and the Boy Scouts of America have had a close connection. Up until now, membership into the Boy Scouts was seen as a rite of passage for Mormon boys. As of next year, this will no longer be the case.
The Mormon Church is separating from the Boy Scouts of America to pursue their own scouting program. This program is intended to be a global endeavor, one that will be inclusive for Mormon boys across the world.
The roll-out date of this new program has not yet been stated by any officials within the church.