Latter-day Saints officials announce details behind Boy Scout replacement program

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)-  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released details behind a new program for youth on Friday. 

The program begins January 2020 after the Church has officially cut ties with the Boy Scout of America.

Girls and boys, young women, and young men ages 8 to 18 are invited to participate. 

Church President M. Russell Ballard has recently emphasized the need to find new ways to bless the children and youth of the Church. 

“We have been considering for many years how we can best meet the needs of a worldwide Church. Our children and youth in every part of the world are so precious to us. We have a deep desire to help them strengthen faith in the Savior Jesus Christ and feel of His love,” President Ballard said

Church officials say some parents have shown concern over the camping and outdoor aspect of youth programs. They have addressed some concerns below:

Will camps and other outdoor activities be part of the new experience in 2020?

Yes. Camps and other outdoor activities will continue to be an important part of gospel learning, building relationships, and strengthening faith in Jesus Christ. Children and youth may participate in Primary day camps, Young Women camps, Young Men camps, and high adventure activities. Local leaders, youth, and parents will identify and provide outdoor activities that invite spiritual experiences and meet the needs of their children and youth.

What other types of activities will be part of the new experience?

Activities will be based on needs rather than requirements. Weekday activities, outdoor adventures, and youth conferences, including For the Strength of Youth conferences, will continue as a vital part of helping children and youth learn, develop friendships, serve, and strengthen faith in Jesus Christ.

For additional answers about the new children and youth development experience coming in January 2020, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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