As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary, the storied organization's first institutional sponsor — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — can certainly claim a prominent place at the birthday table. It was a century ago this month that the BSA was organized on a national basis. Three years later, the church formally became an official citizen of the Scouting community.A century has passed, and Scouting's guiding challenge that boys remain "physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight" has become a part of the fabric of Aaronic Priesthood holders across the United States.
Since the beginning of the LDS Church's friendship with Scouting, general priesthood leaders have championed the teachings of Scouting. They've long understood that Scouting can help a young man prepare for future priesthood duties, Mormon missions, temple marriages and lifelong service in the church.
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This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is produced weekly by the Deseret News.