FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Grey Rolland, Scout Executive/CEO
STATEMENT FROM LONGHOUSE COUNCIL ON LDS CHURCH
DECISION ON VENTURING AND VARSITY SCOUTING PROGRAMS
Longhouse Council has been informed by the Boy Scouts of America that the Church of Latter Day Saints will discontinue to use the optional Venturing and Varsity Scouts programs to deliver its older youth programming effective at the end of the current calendar year.
The LDS Church announced it will continue to use Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as their youth program for young and teenage boys.
As a practical matter there is no expected impact on local Scouting. Longhouse Council has five LDS chartered traditional Scouting units that will remain within our BSA family, accounting for approximately 60 youth out of 4,000 currently served by our Council. We do not have any LDS Venture Crews and have never had a Varsity Scouts program.
Longhouse Council remains committed to serving all eligible youth in our service area of Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law