2013-11-06 / News

LDS, Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years together


Area Boy Scouts attend a celebration of the 100-year partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The local event, held at the Church of Jesus Christ on Highway 69 in Bullard, featured an open prior to a national broadcast from the church's 21,000-seat conference center in Salt Lake City. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org. Area Boy Scouts attend a celebration of the 100-year partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The local event, held at the Church of Jesus Christ on Highway 69 in Bullard, featured an open prior to a national broadcast from the church's 21,000-seat conference center in Salt Lake City. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org. Members of the East Texas Area Council gathered to celebrate the 100-year relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) by watching an original production about the history and values of Scouting called, “A Century of Honor.”

The production was broadcast from the Church’s 21,000- seat conference center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to thousands of Church meetinghouses across the United States.

The 85-minute program featured hundreds of Scouts in choirs, historical vignettes, and videos highlighting important events, service, and achievements from the past century. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir also made a surprise performance.

Scouts gathered at the Church of Jesus Christ on Highway 69 in Bullard. Prior to the broadcast there was an open house for local Cub and Boy Scout Troops to display information and programs offered by their troops.

On May 21, 1913, the Church of Jesus Christ became the first nationally chartered organization to affiliate with the Boy Scouts of America, based on a mutual interest in helping boys and young men understand and live their duty to God. Over the past 100 years, countless young men have participated in Boy Scouts through Church-sponsored troops.

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

The Scouting organization is composed of 2.6 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and more than a million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

The broadcast can be re-watched at www.scouts100.lds.org.

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