LDS Scouting Area Relationships Committee
As per direction of the Scouting Handbook: Relationships between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America (1997 edition) “The Area Relationships Committee strengthens the working relationship between the Church and the Boy Scouts of America. This committee is composed of stake Presidents who have units with registered Scouts.” (page 3)
The following stakes have Scouting units in the National Capital Area Council: Annandale VA, Ashburn VA, Centreville VA, Columbia MD, Frederick MD, Fredericksburg VA, McLean VA, Mt. Vernon VA, Oakton VA, Seneca MD, Silver Spring MD, Suitland MD, Washington DC, Winchester VA, and Woodbridge VA.
Celebrating Over 90 Years of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Young Men Mutual Improvement Association (YMMIA or MIA) was organized June 10, 1875 under the direction of Brigham Young, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Its purpose was to provide leisure time activities, particularly along spiritual and cultural lines, for the young men of the Church. Later, athletics were made a part of the program. As news of the organization of the Boy Scouts of England in 1909 and the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 was received by the Church leaders, the Scouting idea was investigated by the Athletic Committee of the YMMIA. On November 29, 1911, the MIA Scouts were officially recognized by the General Board of the YMMIA.
The MIA Scouts, upon invitation from the National (BSA) Council, became a part of the Boy Scouts of America by official action of the National Council Executive Board on May 2, 1913. The National Charter was issued May 21, 1913, which became the official date of entry of the MIA Scouts into the National BSA organization.
Please remember that we have over 90 years as members of the Boy Scouts of America, plus we are the largest sponsor of Scouting nationwide - - both units (34,359) and membership (399,260). Find ways of celebrating our significant involvement in Scouting.
Duty to God Award
Elder F. Melvin Hammond was quoted in the January 2002 edition of the Ensign magazine as saying: "Our effort was to find something that would be compatible with priesthood principles and also with Scouting, which is wonderful for our young men. I see no conflict at all between Duty to God and Scouting. Duty to God focuses more on the spiritual - - bringing young men to Christ. Scouting is primarily an activity program with some spiritual as well. They are complementary to one another." The LDS Scouting Area Relationships Committee has prepared "crossovers" or links that help coordinate Scouting advancement requirements and the Duty to God Award requirements. Please see http://www.lds-scouts.org/ (visit the Resources area).