Conference raises Scouts' church knowledge

The principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dovetail very well with the goals and purposes of the Boy Scouts of America, a visiting national Scouting leader says. "We are happy with our relationship with the LDS Church. It remains strong, and we look forward to its continuation," said Matthew J. Budz, team leader for community alliances for the national organization, which has headquarters in Irving, Texas. His position gives him oversight of Scout programs sponsored by religious organizations, including the LDS Church. Budz was one of a group of Scouting leaders from across the country who were special guests of the church Saturday during the 180th Semiannual General Conference of the church. For the past seven years, the church's Young Men organization has hosted such groups to help them understand how the Scouting program has been integrated into overall Young Men's activities, said Paul L. Moffatt of Las Vegas. He has been assigned by the Young Men general presidency to head the project. The visitors to this conference were from Colorado, Texas, the Pacific Islands and the BSA national headquarters, he said.
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