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With the Church announcing an end to its century-long affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of 2019 and the start of a new initiative for children and youth—a uniform leadership and development program that serves members worldwide—beginning in 2020, you’ve likely got some questions.

When does the change take place?

Although announced by the Church on May 8, the Church’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America as a chartered organization will continue through December 31, 2019. The Church’s new initiative for children and youth development will begin January 1, 2020.

What will be going away?

Beginning in 2020, the Church will drop its involvement in Scouting for boys ages 8 through 13 and those 14 and older working on rank advancement. And while a good share of the May 8 announcement focused on the Church ending its 105-year chartered-organization status with BSA in the United States, the Church also said it will discontinue any Scouting-related involvement worldwide at the same time.

Also, the Church said changes may come to other current children and youth programs, including Faith in God for Girls and Boys, Activity Days for Girls and Boys, Young Women’s Personal Progress, and Young Men’s Duty to God.

What’s coming in its place?

The new initiative for children and youth development begins in 2020. Here’s what we know about the reasons for the program from the Church’s May 8 statement:

  • “To provide leadership and development opportunities to all children and youth, to support families and to strength youth everywhere as they develop faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
  • “To help all girls and boys, young women, and young men discover their eternal identify, build character and resilience, develop life skills, and fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.”
  • “To allow local leaders, families, and even young people themselves to customize their efforts, while providing service opportunities and activities, fostering healthy relationships, and supporting communities.”

To read more about the new initiative on LDS.org, click here.