Our Path Forward
Our Path Forward
For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked together to instill character, citizenship, and fitness in young people. Through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, millions of young people have been part of the Scouting adventure. For those families, Scouting is more than an activity – it’s a legacy. As of December 31st, 2019, the formal partnership with the Church will come to an end, but your Scouting journey can continue!
Join us on Friday, October 25th starting at 7:00pm at the Tacoma Scout Office or the Tumwater Scout Office for an informational meeting on how you can continue your family’s Scouting journey! More information about these meetings are below.
The remainder of this page will provide the latest tools and updates as you and your family transition to other Scouting units so they can continue the Scouting journey!
Can my family continue in Scouting?
Parent and leader Liz Miller, talks about the connection Scouting provides with her children, her family and community. Her message highlights the value and impact of Scouting on the lives of families and why she’s continuing with Scouting past December 2019.
Charles Dahlquist discusses changes to the relationship between the BSA and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how Scouting families will be continuing with Scouting.
Questions & Answers
Can my child continue in Scouting?
Yes! There are Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships chartered by community and religious organizations in your area. Find a unit near you or you can start your own! If you would like to start your own Scout Unit, please contact your District Executive, contact information can be found here: http://www.pacificharbors.org/council-staff.
Can we be involved in both Church and Scouting activities?
Of course! In fact, the Tufts University study found that sports and Scouting are a powerful driver of character development in young people. Additionally, the Baylor University study “Merit Beyond the Badge” showed that Eagle Scouts had a greater connection to religious community.
Is Family Scouting available to us?
Yes! Scouting has always been a family activity. In fact, Cub Scouting now offers separate dens for girls and boys, and Scouts BSA offers gender-specific troops for youth men and women.
Why should I continue?
Since the Scouting values, character, and leadership training you have come to know are now available for your entire family, Scouting can continue to prepare your child to do hard things, set goals, earn the Eagle rank, prepare for a mission, and serve our nation.
How can I help? Can I still serve?
There are many ways that you can help Scouting in your area. Whether you are volunteering directly with Scouts or helping out behind the scenes, you can make an impact on the lives of Scouts by volunteering your time.
Assisting directly with the Scouts on an ongoing basis
Cubmaster, Den leader, Scoutmaster, Venturing Crew Advisor, Assistant leader, Board of Review Coordinator or member, etc.
Helping directly with the Scouts in specific events or activities
Event coordinator, event committee member, Pinewood Derby Coordinator, Service project Coordinator or Committee Member, Camping Coordinator, Day Camp Den Walker, Summer Camp Coordinator, participant, or promotor, Merit badge counselor, etc.
Support: Administrative Role
Advancement Committee Chair or member, Communications Committee Chair or member, Secretary, Youth Protection Training Coordinator, Life to Eagle Coordinator, etc.
District Committee Member, Unit Commissioner, Chartered Organization Representative, Friends of Scouting Presenter, Unit Committee Chair or Member, New Member Coordinator, Popcorn Kernel, Religious Award Committee Member, Trainer, Quartermaster, etc.
How can I find a new unit to join?
Call 253-682-2217 or find a local unit on BeAScout.org.
What if i still have additional questions?
Call us directly at 253-682-2217, find more information at https://www.scouting.org/pathforward, or come in to one of our Service Centers.