What does the change in Scouting mean to Davis County?

On May 8, 2018, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the discontinuation of Church-sponsored Scouting units beginning in 2020. The looming end of the legendary 105-year LDS-BSA partnership has sparked conversations and debate about the Boy Scouts of America across the nation, and in Davis County the questions are no different.

Photo via the  Davis Clipper

Photo via the Davis Clipper

What is happening with Scouting in our community? And what should Scouts and parents expect in the coming months?

“The Scout Motto, ‘Be Prepared’ is a great mantra right now,” commented Mark Francis, LDS-BSA Relationships director, who lives in Kaysville. “The LDS Church has made it clear that they aren’t disavowing any of the values of Scouting, they simply need a worldwide Church youth program.” Davis County is unique because Boy Scout youth are divided between two of the local councils: the Great Salt Lake Council, with headquarters in Salt Lake City; and the Trapper Trails Council, in Ogden. As expected, the majority of those Scouting units are currently chartered through the LDS Church.

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