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The Church-Scouting Relationships Committee is announced on Oct. 24 by Church President David O. McKay. The position of LDS-BSA Relationships director is created.


The LDS Primary Association sponsors Cub Scouting, and 11-year-old Scouts are renamed the Guide Patrol under Primary leadership.


The Duty to God Award is created for boys 12 to 18; it correlates Scouting and priesthood responsibilities.


The 50 Golden Years of Scouting in the Church celebration is held Feb. 1. Philmont Leadership Conferences for LDS begin June 5-11, 1963.


LaVern Parmley, general primary president, becomes the first woman to serve on a national Scout committee. In 1976, she is the first woman to receive the Silver Buffalo Award.


The Varsity program is developed by LDS leaders in Utah. The 1978 pilot program replaces the Church’s Venturing program (boys ages 14 and 15) in 1983 and becomes a national BSA program in 1984.

As an illustration, Foley recalls

the 2005 National Jamboree when a Scout identified himself as a member of Eckankar, a monotheistic religion founded in the U.S. in 1965. “That’s not a Christian tradition, but I worked through his religious materials with him and discussed his thoughts and questions about his tradition.” Such encounters are not unusual

for Protestant chaplains, Foley says. “Because we have such a broad range within the Protestant tradition, sometimes we reach out beyond the Christian church and encounter other beliefs.” Turner, chairman of the BSA’s

Religious Relationships Task Force, notes that a number of Protestant denominations have come to under- stand Scouting as an outreach to their communities—“not only for growing Scouting,” he says, “but for growing their churches as well.” At one point, Turner was a member of a church that had a Boy Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack. In less than five years, he says, some 300 new people became affiliated with the church because of the initial Scouting connection. “That certainly gained the atten-

tion of the church staff,” Turner says. “The units don’t claim complete credit for those people joining the church, but obviously the first impres- sion must have been a good one, and they must have felt included and

welcomed. As we try to help ministers understand why they should either have a Scouting unit or keep and strengthen the one they have, this is an obvious benefit, the likelihood that they will increase their membership.” Foley notes that traditions like

Scout Sunday, observed in many churches, play a role in cementing ties between Scout units and religious partners. “Some churches assume that this is just a bunch of kids using the basement of the church, but our Religious Relationships committee works very hard locally and nation- ally to encourage the churches to see the Scouts as their own,” Foley says. “The churches own the charter and they participate in the program with the youth, giving the members of the unit an opportunity to be part of the congregation.” Asked how Scouting’s values shape

young lives, Foley offers his own story as a testimonial. By the time he was 10 years old, his family had broken apart. At 12, he joined Troop 233 of Willow Glen, Calif. “By the age of 15 I was on the

street, but I always had Scout leaders around to help me out,” Foley con- tinues. Foley eventually earned his Eagle, went to college, and completed several graduate degrees, becoming a CPA and a college professor. “None of it would have happened without Scouting,” he says.


The 75th anniversary of Scouting in the LDS church is celebrated with a special Baden- Powell patch, above.


100 Years of Scouting in the LDS church is celebrated with a display at the LDS Church History Museum in July and a grand commemoration on Oct. 29.


The name of Syed E. Naqvi is synonymous with Islamic Scouting in America. Naqvi became a Scout at age 7 in his native Pakistan, but after coming to the United States in 1976 he realized that

Scouting here was “very professional, very different from other countries.” At the time, though, the BSA had no specific outreach to Muslims. “I asked myself, ‘If Scouting was so fruitful for other faiths using it as a tool, why was the Muslim community not using it?’” In 1979, Naqvi posed that ques-

tion to Joe Kessler, then an adviser to the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, and got this reply: “Syed, you are the one who is going to start it.” Over the next few years, Naqvi did just that, founding the Islamic Council on Scouting of North America. “We followed in the foot- steps of our sister organizations, the Jews, Catholics, Baptists, and others,” he says. “They were very helpful.” Naqvi remains an energetic spokes-

man for Islamic Scouts today. “When I speak about Scouting

around the country, I tell them that building the mosque is not that


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