WELCOME to the LDS-BSA Blog!

WELCOME to the official LDS-BSA Blog!  We’re excited to inaugurate this forum to share specific ideas, information, and inspiration for LDS-BSA leaders.
The Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been chartered organization partners for over a century.  Did you know that after nearly 40 years of partnership, in 1951, the “Mormon Relations” office was organized at the request of Elder Ezra Taft Benson?  Other religious organizations already had professional representation on the National staff, and Elder Benson desired the same for the LDS Church.
In the early 90’s, the name was changed from “Mormon Relationships” to “LDS-BSA Relationships.” Our office, located in downtown Salt Lake City, is a satellite office of the National BSA Offices in Irving, Texas.  We work directly with the Young Men and Primary general presidencies and boards in the LDS Church to facilitate Philmont Priesthood Leadership training, General Conference weekends for Scouting professionals, LDS-BSA Relationships committees, and other tasks.
The purpose of this blog is to assist LDS Scouting leaders across the country.  With one hundred years of successful LDS Scouting behind us, we intend to move forward in this fast-paced world and provide leaders with specific tools for the next century.  Our blog is also a forum to share Scouting success stories.
If you have an idea you’d like to share, or a story that needs to be told, please email us at ldsbsablog@scouting.org.
We look forward to many wonderful discussions!
Yours in Scouting,
Mark R. Francis
LDS-BSA Relationships Director
Fun Facts – See the list of Mormon Relations and LDS-BSA Relationships Directors below:

1950–1964 D. L. “Lou” Roberts

1964–1974 Folkman D. Brown

1974–ca. 1980 Ross J. Taylor

ca. 1980–1988 John Warnick

1988–1992 Robert M. Mills

1992–2001 K. Hart Bullock

2001–2006 C. Bradford Allen

2007–2012 David C. Pack

2012  C. Bradford Allen

2013–Present  Mark R. Francis

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  1. Douglas W. Wilson says:

    Still wondering about support of Scout Sunday?

  2. Robert Bardsley says:

    Handbook 2 states that uniforms are not to be worn during Sacrament meeting for Scout Sunday. However Wards/Branches can still recognize Scout Sunday through Scouts giving talks during the meeting and the Bishop/President recognizing the units and their tenure.

    In my ward I have given up on promoting Scout Sunday. We used to do it but the turning point was the year we had it on the calendar yet did not hold it. When I mentioned it to the Bishop he asked when was Scout Sunday. I said today as shown on the calendar that we put together as a Ward Council. Since then there has been a lack of support which is ironic considering we have been with the BSA for 100 yrs.

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