Mormon youth camp

Youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been putting together new initiatives for its youth members since the organization announced it was parting ways with the Boy Scouts of America in May.

Since that announcement, many questions have circulated regarding what would continue to be a part of the church's youth experience. Among those concerns was the significant tie the Boy Scouts program has to the outdoors and if those types of activities would continue to be promoted.

According to the BSA, approximately 425,000 youth in the church participate in the Scouting programs. In Utah, there are 84,000 boys in the Utah National Parks Council and 13 Scout programs across the state.

While most details about the future youth programs — to be fully functional by 2020 — have not yet been released by the church, it did address concerns about camping.

"Camps and other outdoor activities will continue to be an important part of gospel learning, building relationships, and strengthening faith in Jesus Christ," reads the church's website

The church suggested camps would continue to be available to young men, young women and even primary-age children. 

Prior to these changes, pre-teen and teenage boys have participated in Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts through their ecclesiastical congregations, meeting on a weekly basis with multiple additional camping outings a year. Girls of the same age participate in church-developed programs called Activity Days and Personal Progress. 

According to the church's website, the changes are a result of the organization reviewing its global approach.

"As a global church with millions of children and youth, we need to address diverse needs and fortify all children and youth with gospel-centered growth and learning experiences now more than ever," the website says.

The church will not sponsor any Boy Scout programs after Dec. 31, 2019. At that same time, the church said programs like Activity Days, Personal Progress, Duty to God, and Faith in God will likely be affected and changed at that time as well. 

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