Mormon church to cut ties with Boy Scouts and start its own gospel-driven youth program

Did they think nothing would happen?

The Mormon Church is severing its ties with the Boy Scouts of America after 105 years as it develops its own youth programs. The church said it made the decision jointly with the Boy Scouts, adding that the change would go into effect at the end of the year. A year ago, Mormon leaders announced that they would break off from the Boy Scouts in programs for 14- to 18-year-olds, but continue participating in programs for younger boys. Mormons account for 19 percent of the Boy Scouts’ 2.3 million members. The church’s decision came after a period of change in which the Boy Scouts reversed a century-old policy by announcing it would admit transgender boys, and, more recently, said it would start letting girls join.

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