On Wednesday, Boy Scouts of America announced its plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting in 2018 and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. Here is the Church's response to these changes.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which already has an activity program for girls through its Young Women and Primary programs, acknowledged the BSA announcement with its own statement Wednesday morning.
"The Activity Days and Personal Progress programs of the church have long been in place to meet the needs of girls and young women in these age groups, and no change will be made in church programs," said LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins. "We recognize that the desire of the BSA is to expand their programs to serve more young people in the United States. The church, too, continues to look at ways to serve the needs of our youth worldwide."