Friends in Scouting:
You may be aware that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has recently announced that they will no longer participate in the Cub and Scout Programs with Scouts Canada, effective December 31, 2019.
The Church has indicated that they seek a program that will support their youth everywhere as they develop their faith, and they are developing a global program that can be easily adapted, anywhere in the world, to focus upon meeting this goal. At the same time, Scouts Canada has implemented a new youth-led program that engages our Scouts in unique adventures and helps them develop into confident and capable individuals, better prepared for success in the world.
We appreciate our relationship with the church over many past decades. For over a century, Scouts Canada programs have introduced over 17 million Canadian youth to leadership, adventure, outdoor experience, learning and fun. The Church continues to grow outside of North America, and in terms of Scouting, they only partner with Scouts Canada and Scouts BSA. The Church has expressed a strong need for a consistent youth leadership and development program that can be implemented globally.
The Church has encouraged their youth and volunteers to continue their active participation in Scouting through December of 2019, when their own program will be introduced. While some youth may continue with Scouting as they complete their Top Section Award, this decision will certainly have an impact upon membership in Northern Lights Council. The Council Key 3 and National Leadership Team are committed to providing the needed support, and to working with you to make sure that all youth who wish to participate in Scouting in our Council have the opportunity to do so.
Thank you for your hard work and commitment. You are providing youth with the opportunity to grow, to challenge themselves, and to experience incredible adventures that they will only find in Scouting.
Yours in Scouting,
Northern Lights Council Key 3:
Dan King, Council Commissioner
Taelon Schuppli-Connolly, Council Youth Commissioner
Fiona Nicholson, Council Executive Director