In an official statement made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a new initiative for youth and children was announced and is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2020.

According to the statement, “Church leaders have been preparing a new initiative to teach and provide leadership and development opportunities to all children and youth, to support families and to strengthen youth everywhere as they develop faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This new approach is intended to help all girls and boys, young women and young men discover their eternal identity, build character and resilience, develop life skills and fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.”

In conjunction with this announcement, the Church and the Boy Scouts of America released a joint statement effective on Dec. 21, 2019 the Church will end its partnership as a chartered organization of BSA. Until this date it is intended boys ages 8-13 will continue their efforts in scouting programs.

According to the joint statement, “it continues (the Church) to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and
Scout Law and expresses its profound desire for Scouting’s continuing and growing success in the years ahead.”