Training and Development


Church standards should be upheld at all Scout-sponsored activities. All Scouts and their leaders registered in LDS Scouting units are expected to live the standards of the Church as outlined in For the Strength of Youth.


Young Men and Primary leaders called to Scouting responsibilities should receive training in Scouting principles, policies, and procedures as used by the Church. Adult leaders are considered trained when they complete the following training:

Ongoing Training

Stake Young Men and Primary presidencies provide training and support for ward Young Men, Primary, and Scouting leaders. In addition, the BSA provides additional training. Stake and ward budget allowance funds may be used for adult Scouting training.

Training courses that require overnight activities should not be attended by mixed groups of adult men and women unless both genders have appropriate sleeping and personal care arrangements that are not in immediate proximity to each other.

The Partnership Relationship

Leaders should do everything possible within Church policies to create good will, mutual understanding, and cooperation between the BSA and the Church.

LDS-BSA Relationships Committee

An LDS-BSA relationships committee may be organized in each BSA local council. This committee includes a member of each stake presidency within the BSA local council. An assigned Area Seventy chairs the committee or designates a stake president to be the chairman. The BSA council Scout executive or his designee serves as an adviser to this committee. 

Awards and Recognition

The Church makes the following Scouting awards and recognitions available to boys, young men, and adult leaders:


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