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Scouts and the Mormon Church

As a member of the Mormon Church, I grew up watching my brothers in the Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts have been a part of the church for about a hundred years. It’s strange to think that by the end of 2019, all ties with the Scouts will be severed.

The BSA has changed quite a bit in recent years. The Scouts’ new slogan, “Scout Me In,” focuses on inclusivity, by allowing transgenders, gays, and even more recently, girls into the programs. They have also announced their name change from Boy Scouts to Scouts. I know some members don’t approve of these changes. They don’t think girls should be allowed in Boy Scouts, the key word being “boy.” They say there are so many different clubs, just for girls. I’m rather neutral. I agree with troop leader Chris Grimes’ statement that, “Inclusiveness is a good thing.”

It will be odd to see the BSA lose members, but that’s life. Though, I am excited to see the church’s new program that is similar to Boy Scouts.

Mekynzie Prescott


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