The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints & Scouting Transition

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America serving as the chartered organization for Scouting units over the past 105 years. Because of the Church’s need to provide a global program to its children and youth around the world, the Church has made the decision to restructure its own youth program and to discontinue its sponsorship of Scouting units after December 31, 2019. Beginning June 1, 2019, the Church has requested that local councils of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) begin forming new units and/or transitioning families who wish to continue in Scouting to existing Scouting Programs in their community.

The Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, BSA (SVMBC) and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently partner to offer Scouting programs in 77 Cub Scout Packs and Scout Troops in the Church Stakes located in Monterrey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

Transition Options

The following options are available to families who wish to continue in Scouting. A suggested timeline for delivery is included.

New Unit Formation

To best serve families, new Cub Scout Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Sea Scout Ships are formed with new charter partners in communities currently served by the ward.

Best Option for:

  • Families looking for better schedule flexibility.
  • Providing a unit with ideals more consistent with Church beliefs.
  • Continuing Scouting in areas with no or few existing Scouting units.

Requirements to form a new unit:

  • 5 adult volunteers and 5 youth members
  • 1 chartered organization

Join Existing Local Scouting Units

In highly saturated communities or for families looking to join an existing program, units chartered by various local organizations are available depending on available space within the unit for new members. Church and BSA approved flyers will be used to promote the various open units within the community and invite families to recruitment events scheduled in the fall.

Where to find existing local Scouting units:

  • www.beascout.org. – Provides a searchable google map that shows all scouting units within your zip code. Some units allow online registration through this site.
  • Stake and Ward Transition Flyers (coming September 2019) – Flyers will be distributed showing available units, their meeting dates and times, and contact information for the communities served by the stake or wards. To receive a copy of the flyer for your Church Stake, please email your request to william.albrecht@scouting.org

Transition Schedule

Jun 27, 2019

  • Continuing the Adventure! – Transition Kickoff
  • New Unit packets and transition information shared with unit leaders

August 27-29, 2019

  • Transition Roundtables begin
  • New Units needs identified.
  • Begin identifying and recruiting new charter partners for areas in need.
  • Begin identifying and recruiting adult leadership.

Sep 1, 2019

  • Begin promoting local available community units and new unit opportunities.
  • New units begin training and program development.
  • Begin recruitment events and sign-up nights.

October 1

  • Units begin meeting.

Oct 15, 2019

  • New Unit paperwork and transfer paperwork complete.

Jan 1, 2020

  • All currently Church registered units and activities cease.

Resources

There are a variety or resources available. To receive hard copies of the following items or a New Unit transition packet, please contact the council service center.

Promotional Flyer Templates

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