Cross timber Scouters,
I normally do not take time to comment on posts. This one happened to stick out and just wanted to add my 2 cents..
Before I was in Scouting I knew nothing, and no one that has part of the LDS church.. (at least I did not know and never discussed it.)
Because of day camps and other activities, I have had the pleasure to get to know many members of the church and even feel I have a few friends in the faith. Many of the members have made huge impacts on my life and many boys live's in district and beyond.
I am very saddened by this announcement, and wish them well.
Dear Scouting Member and Investor:By now you have likely heard the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) will no longer charter Scouting units after December 2019. The information in the general public often becomes distorted so we wanted you to hear from us.We refer you to the attached Joint Statement from the Church and the National office of the Boy Scouts of America. You will notice that both acknowledge the tremendous history and beneficial relationship that has existed between our two organizations for more than 100 years. Thousands and thousands of families have benefited from our cooperative relationship. Both organizations wish only the best for each other.The LDS Church has a majority of its membership outside of the US. Their desire is to create and implement a uniform youth leadership program that serves its global membership. Church members who wish to continue with the Scouting program are encouraged to transition to other existing Scouting units.Here in the Longhorn Council approximately 15% of our youth membership is currently registered in LDS chartered Scout units. Across the country, LDS membership represents 18% of the national total. While we will work diligently to welcome and incorporate all LDS families that wish to participate in Scouting programs, the Council and the BSA nationally, will continue to serve families with the best value-based leadership program in America.Thank you for your personal involvement and for financially investing some of your philanthropy with Scouting in the Longhorn Council.
Read the Joint Statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America
Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young people and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in making the most of the short time they have to impact the lives of their children.Scouting is designed to be experienced outdoors. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, mountain climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting--these are just some of a Scout's outdoor experiences.
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Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaLonghorn Council eNewsletter
May 9th, 2018
BSA - Longhorn Council
850 Cannon Dr
PO Box 54190
Hurst, TX 76054
Contact Name: Michael Wright
Telephone Number: (817) 231-8500
Distribution of this communication is directed to members of the Longhorn Council