Scouting Guidelines

Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States


This content outlines guidelines and policies relating to Scouting programs in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Stake leaders, bishoprics, and Young Men, Primary, and Scouting leaders should be familiar with this information. Details about each Scouting program are available from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Differences between Church policy and BSA policy are noted as needed. 

Under priesthood leadership, Scouting should complement the efforts of the family, Aaronic Priesthood quorums, and Primary classes in building testimonies, strong character, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness in young men and boys. Scouting functions as part of the Church’s activity program for boys and young men ages 8–13. Scouting activities should be planned to fulfill gospel-centered purposes.