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Arizona Boy Scouts losing numbers prior to split with church

Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to join Cub Scouts, become Eagle Scouts
Posted at 6:16 AM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 09:16:29-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Northern Arizona is experiencing a decline in Boy Scouts of America troops prior to an anticipated split between the organization and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported June 9 that the region is expected to lose more than 1,800 scouts who are church members unless they transfer to community troops, although less than 10% are expected to transfer.

The church announced it would sever ties with the Boy Scouts by the end of 2019.

Officials say about 70% of Boy Scout troops in Arizona are chartered by the church, while in the northern Arizona district the percentage is higher, with 105 church troops and 22 community-chartered troops registered.

An Arizona Boy Scouts official says many troops have already pulled back from scouting.