Mormon Church pulls older teens out of Boy Scouts – Los Angeles Times

Stan Lockhart had seen enthusiasm for the Boy Scouts of America’s Varsity and Venturing programs diminish over the years — not just as president of the largest Scout organization in the world, but also at home as the Mormon father of a teenage boy in Provo, Utah.

His son loved Cub Scouts and enjoyed Boy Scouts, up until he was about 14. Then he changed. He wanted to do more baseball and golf, attend basketball clinics sponsored by the Utah Jazz. Scouting just wasn’t making the cut for his time. Or his attention.

Lockhart, himself an Eagle Scout, offered him a deal: Become an Eagle Scout and get a driver’s license upon turning 16.

“He worked liked mad to get it,” Lockhart said.


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