LDS Church releases video on new youth program slated for 2020; will replace scouting

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 22, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A video titled “A New Direction for Children and Youth in 2020” has shed some light on the program The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is planning to replace its involvement with the Boy Scouts of America.

The Church announced in May of this year that it would break longstanding ties with the scouts as of January of 2020. Its new program with include youths of both genders around the world.

M. Russell Ballard, acting President of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo: LDS.org

A statement from President M. Russell Ballard, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was included in a statement posted on mormonnewsroom.com.

“We have been considering for many years how we can best meet the needs of a worldwide Church,” Ballard says.

“Our children and youth in every part of the world are so precious to us. We have a deep desire to help them strengthen faith in the Savior Jesus Christ and feel of His love.”

Also included was a statement by Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president:

Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo: Mormonnewsroom.org

“The happiest individuals are those who engage socially and spiritually in ways which positively build others by also building themselves.”

The statement includes no specific details, but links another site said to address questions posed by young members about the upcoming program.

Among the answers are that “camps and other outdoor activities will be an important part of gospel learning, building relationships, and strengthening faith in Jesus Christ. Children and youth may participate in Primary day camps, Young Women camps, Young Men camps, and high adventure activities.”

The site also says that “Activities will be based on needs rather than requirements.”

A video accompanying the statement shows youths engaged outdoor and some indoor activities. See the video by clicking the player at the top of this article.

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