Mark Francis is the director of LDS-BSA Relations, which is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America that strives to maintain a positive and helpful relationship with the LDS church.

In this interview we discuss:

  • A brief history of relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America.
  • How LDS Scout troops differ from non-LDS Scout troops
  • The Green Scouting Handbook
  • Why LDS Scout Troops are based on geography
  • Option to combine scouting units, especially as it pertains to areas outside of Utah and Idaho
  • LDS Scouting Objectives (Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood)
  • LDS members in non-LDS troops
  • False Traditions in LDS Troops
  • How to motivate LDS men called as Scout leaders
  • How to create an effective Scouting experience for boys not interested in the outdoors
  • The role of parents in Scouting
  • Scouting leadership trainings (i.e. Philmont Training)
  • More information about the Philmont Training
  • The future of the Boy Scouts of America’s relationship with the LDS Church
  • Pres. Monson’s relationship with the BSA

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