Mormon church cutting ties with Boy Scouts

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A year ago, the church said it would no longer participate in the Boy Scouts' programs for older teenagers, saying that in most of its USA and Canada congregations, "young men ages 14 to 18 are not being served well" by the BSA's programs.

But until 2019, the Mormon Church will "remain a fully engaged partner" with the Boy Scouts. The organization said individual Mormons who wish to stay in Boy Scouts would be integrated into other troops. The Mormon Church was a major player in the boy scout movement in the United States, accounting for almost 20 percent of all 2.3 million boys scouts.

The decision to part ways was already in the works well before last week's announcement that the Boy Scouts would be changing their name to Scouts BSA as girls were welcomed into all levels of the program.

It also comes after a number of rows between the Boy Scouts and different church groups over decisions previous year to admit gay leaders and also to allow transgender boys into the ranks.

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As the Mormon Church leaves the Boy Scouts, there will be a loss in funding. The Mormon Church opposes gay marriage and considers homosexual relationships a sin.

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing the name of its Boy Scouts program to Scouts BSA to reflect its decision to welcome girls. The church said the teen programs had been "historically hard to implement within the Church", and instead chose to create its own youth programs for teenage boys.

The Mormon church is parting ways with the Boy Scouts of America after more than a century. "We're sad to see that decision, but we understand", Delimarkos said. "They represent the future, and ministering to their needs is a significant focus for the church". In 2017, they opened their membership to girls, as well.

The LDS Church announced on May 8, 2018, that it will launch a worldwide initiative for children and youth in January 2020. It maintains temples all over the world and boasts a membership of over 16 million adherents.

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