The Pacific Harbors Council is proud of the rich heritage of our partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the years we have worked together to develop young leaders to make our families, communities, churches and our country better for all of us. It has been a privilege and honor to serve families with you.
Many members of the church are cherished friends, leaders and fellow Scouts. We will work together over the next 20 months to help provide a strong program for the young people of the church. We look forward to many of you continuing your love of Scouting well beyond the time when Scouting isn’t the youth program of the Church. There will always be a place for you at our campfire!
The Pacific Harbors Council will work with community partners to continue our mission of helping young people to make ethical and moral choices throughout their lives by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We will embrace the opportunity to provide character building programs for families within the boundaries of our council.
May the trails of life continue to lead young people of our Council to the summits of opportunity and the adventure of achieving their full potential.
John Allen Ralph Voelker
Council Commissioner Scout Executive
May 8, 2018
A Joint Statement from
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and
The Boy Scouts of America
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for more than 100 years. The Scouting program has benefited hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saint boys and young men, and BSA has also been greatly benefited in the process.We jointly express our gratitude to the thousands of Scout leaders and volunteers who have selflessly served over the years in Church-sponsored Scouting units, including local BSA districts and councils.
In this century of shared experience, the Church has grown from a U.S.-centered institution to a worldwide organization, with a majority of its membership living outside the United States. That trend is accelerating. The Church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally. In so doing, it will be necessary for the Church to discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA.
We have jointly determined that, effective on December 31, 2019, the Church will conclude itsrelationship as a chartered organization with all Scouting programs around the world. Until that date, to allow for an orderly transition, the intention of the Church is to remain a fully engagedpartner in Scouting for boys and young men ages 8–13 and encourages all youth, families, and leaders to continue their active participation and financial support.
While the Church will no longer be a chartered partner of BSA or sponsor Scouting units after December 31, 2019, it continues 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.