New opportunities await LDS youth as Mormons leave Scouting

As a member of the LDS church, I welcome the changes that have been announced to leave the Scouts BSA (formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America) by Dec 31, 2019. This change will be beneficial to our youth and will offer them an increased opportunity to get to know those involved in Scouting outside of our faith. 

My earliest memories of participating in the Boy Scouts came when I was just a child. My father had been asked to be the scoutmaster of our ward. Soon after my father’s service, my mother served as cubmaster. My two brothers and I became involved as well in scouting activities with our parents.

I vividly remember selling Scout-a-Rama tickets and attending the Scout-a-Rama at the Salt Palace. My brothers and I all spent time working at scout camps (Camp Steiner, Sherwood Forest and Bear Lake Aquatics Base) for the Great Salt Lake Council. Both of my brothers received the Eagle Scout Award and both of our parents received the Silver Beaver Award. The most memorable family vacations I can recall were to Philmont Training Center (near Cimarron, N.M.) where my love of the outdoors was formed when I participated in the 50-mile treks with an all-female crew.

I met my husband while working at Scout camp. Years later, we married and soon thereafter our first son was born. We were determined to give him the best Scouting experience possible, just as my husband and I had both experienced with our families.


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