Religion News Service reports that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons have decided to continue their sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America. After the BSA decided to allow openly gay scout leaders, the Mormons considered starting their own international scouting organization. According to an official news release:

At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify church doctrine, values and standards.

As RNS points out the LDS Church is far and away the nation’s largest Scouting sponsor, serving 437,160 boys in 37,933 troops. In 2013, more than a third (37 percent) of troops were LDS sponsored, accounting for 18 percent of the BSA’s 2.4 million total membership (Mormon troops, while more numerous, tend to be smaller in size).

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.