The community is invited to a celebration to mark the 100-year anniversary of the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
The event is 6:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at 2125 Reeves Road, Plainfield.
The event is open to Scouts from all denominations and chartered organizations, as well as all community members.
Part of the celebration will include watching an original production about the history and values of Scouting called “A Century of Honor” which will feature hundreds of Scouts in choirs, historical vignettes, and videos highlighting important events, service and achievements from the past century.
On May 21, 1913, the church became the first nationally chartered organization to affiliate with the Boy Scouts of America, based on a mutual interest in helping boys and young men understand and live their duty to God. Over the past 100 years, countless young men have participated in Boy Scouts through church-sponsored troops.
“Our Scouting community is pleased to be celebrating this 100th anniversary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Patrick Sterrett, scout executive, said in a press release. “Scouting has a long and successful affiliation with the church. Today, we both remain dedicated to serving young people and positively impacting our community.”
The Church’s Young Men general president, Brother David L. Beck, said Scouting has helped instill Mormon young men with a sense of duty to serve in their families, congregations, and communities.
Boy Scouts of America is a youth development organization that’s designed to prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetimes. The goals of Scouting consist of citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Throughout the Boy Scout program, young people are encouraged to advance through ranks by fulfilling requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills, and the popcorn fundraising event helps the Scouts pay for many of the program fees.
For more information on Scouting, call 813-7125 or 925-1900 (toll free) or visit the website at www.crossroadsbsa.org.