Join BSA in celebrating its 100-year partnership with the LDS church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the first sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America way back in 1913. One-hundred years later, the LDS church brings hundreds of thousands of Scouts into the movement each year.

Next month, your Scouting family can join the BSA family in celebrating that “Century of Honor” through a special live production held in Salt Lake City.

There’s something in the show for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, Scouters, Scouting families and non-Scouting families of any religion. The live broadcast celebrates Scouting, not just the LDS church, so it’s relevant to everyone.

As you’ll see in the pulse-pounding trailer after the jump, the 85-minute performance will include original music and media, historical reenactments, special guests and a cast of hundreds of Scouts.

All of this awesomeness will be hosted at the Salt Lake City’s 21,000-seat Conference Center, where the annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert is taped each December.

Circle Oct. 29 on your calendar right now. At 7 p.m. MDT on that Tuesday night, the show begins. Watch the trailer and get the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How after the jump.

More about the “Century of Honor” show

WHAT: A nationwide broadcast honoring the virtues and values of Scouting.

WHY: The BSA and the LDS church are celebrating 100 years of partnership. All chartered organizations are invited to use this event for outreach and recruitment.

WHERE: The show originates from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City and will be broadcast to LDS church buildings nationwide and streamed online.

WHEN: 7 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Rebroadcasts at 9 p.m. MDT Oct. 29 and 5 p.m. MDT Oct. 30.

WHO: The entire community, including civic leaders and those who are not yet involved in Scouting.

HOW: Get involved by meeting with local LDS Scout leaders to find out their plans for an event associated with the broadcast.

MORE INFO: At the official site for the show,

17 thoughts on “Join BSA in celebrating its 100-year partnership with the LDS church

  1. So, if some of us non-LDS folks may be in the Salt Lake City area in late October, how can we find out if there are tickets available? I cannot find any information on the web links provided…

    • Go to the visitors center on Temple Square and ask at the information desk they have tickets to all kinds of things and a wealth of information for visitors

    • This will be broadcast to every LDS chapel in the United States and Canada, and everyone is invited to attend at a local chapel.

  2. In the spirit of Scouting Brotherhood,
    Congratulations on the Centennial of Partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints!

    Thank you Brian for bringing this to our attention.

    I’m looking forward to seeing this celebration.

  3. Was the LDS Church the first sponsor or one of the first sponsors. Scouting begin in 1910 and had troops and the first Eagle Scout Arthur Eldred in 1912. Who sponsored these early troops, before 1913?

    • Ron,
      in the “early days’ you didnot need a sponsor. you got about 6 or 8 boys who all purchased the scout book and you met. they then set up a patrol. when you got a couple of patrols, then you (the boys) started lookiing for a scoutmaster.

      In Salt Lake the first troop was ‘sponsored’ by an individual who volunteered to be a scoutmaster. origionally the church turned down scouting as ‘unnecessary’ but when boys formed their own patrols and then into troops the church decided to ‘rethink’ the scouting program so that they could have adults (they approved of) in charge.
      dil brinton jr
      scout historian
      mesa, az

      • Thanks for your information, you need to write a book, seriously. But was the LDS Church the first sponsor or one of the first sponsors. I’m guessing the LDS Church was the first church to make a major commitment to Scouting. Somewhere I read, not sure if this is correct but it said that churches were the first sponsors. My original Troop was sponsored by a Company and my present Troop is sponsored by the Lions’ Club. Thanks, again.

        • Ron, the LDS church was the first organization to receive a national charter – allowing it to organize multiple troops throughout the country. Other troops, even before 1913, were sponsored by a variety of businesses, towns, etc. What made the LDS church’s relationship unique was the national and multi-troop element.
          Also, BSA and the LDS church published a book this year that details much of the history of the relationship: A Century of Honor.

  4. Matt,

    The Broadcast will originate from the LDS Conference Center near Temple Square in Salt Lake. You can contact the Ticket Office at:

    Temple Square Events Ticket Office
    Conference Center 60 West North Temple Street
    Salt Lake City, UT 84150


    Hope that helps.

    • I think the LDS Church will send out the broadcast over the internet. Most LDS churches have a satellite dish to receive information about General Conference and some watch BYU football and basketball games. Find a local LDS Church and ask if they will be open and receive the broadcast.

  5. We left the BSA to start our new Trail Life USA Patrol due to the Policy change. Very sad where the BSA is heading. We are sad to leave but we must. Not sure why I still get these messages. We’ve shared our intentions.

    • Because you subscribed to this “blog” at one time or another.
      Modify your Subscription options at the bottom of the email and then opt out. Easy.
      Sorry to see you go, but I understand.
      Good luck in your new program!
      I hope it works out for you.

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