LDS "policy changes"
Russell L. Ray (rray@POCI.AMIS.COM)
Thu, 15 Sep 1994 08:40:06 MDT
I am by no means an authority on the subject, but I can give my understanding
to the issue.
>By what authority do they do this? Is this an option to any chartered
>organization or does the "special relationship" between the BSA and the
>LDS's allow this?
The "authority" is from the BSA. Each chartered organization is allowed
to make changes to the program based on that organizations infastructure or
beliefs. The LDS church has different age groups created and for reasons
of beliefs, keep them separate. The Webelos in my unit are encouraged to
gain their camping experience with their families rather than with the troop.
The Blazer Scouts (New Scouts) are boys of age eleven. They form a patrol
that is part of the troop, yet separate. They are separate in that they do
not meet with the rest of the troop. They generally meet in the afternoons
after school instead of at night with the scouts and varsity.
At age 12, a boy in the LDS church passes into a priesthood calling. Because
of this, the Blazer scouts are also keep separate. The LDS church uses the
BSA program as an extension to their programs rather than "as" their program.
It is ofter referred to as the "activity arm of the church for the young men".
>Does this church have a similar "arrangement" with the GSUSA?
No the church does not use the GSUSA. Not that it isn't a good program, but
because they have developed their own program to fit the needs and purposes
of the church for the young women. They do not discourage girls from joining
>Have they ever tried forming their own national youth organization?
To my limited knowledge, they have not. But let me emphasize the "limited"
I hope that helps clear up any confussions.
Russell L. Ray
SM, T331 Pocatello, ID
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