In May 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it was no longer utilizing the Venturing and Varsity programs of the Boy Scouts of America effective December 31, 2017. To facilitate this transition, the Young Men’s General President of the LDS Church approved the transfer of age-eligible young men from LDS-chartered Venturing and Varsity units into LDS-sponsored Boy Scout troops. This transfer will automatically take place at the end of August 2017.
At that time, young men under the age of 18 who are registered in either LDS-chartered Varsity teams or Venturing crews will automatically have their registrations transferred to their Ward-sponsored Scout troops. Adult Venturing and Varsity participants (i.e., registered participants, including leaders, who are 18-years-old or older) will be transferred to the troop or removed from registration as part of year-end recharter, and the Venturing and Varsity units will not be renewed.
Registration fees and magazine subscriptions will not be affected by this transfer and may be renewed or canceled in the ordinary course at the time of recharter. LDS crews and teams may use Internet Advancement to enter and submit awards for Venturing and Varsity Scouts until August 27th. After that date, please contact the Council office for any award submissions relating to these two programs.