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Faith at the Jamboree

We’ll be updating you on the National Scout Jamboree throughout the week, and I’ll be looking into the faith aspect. The news site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reports that 5,000 of those Boy Scouts are LDS. From the story:

David Pack, the director of BSA-LDS Relations, said the Jamboree will afford LDS Scouts countless opportunities to strengthen their testimonies even as they enjoy the myriad Jamboree adventures. The Church will again sponsor an inviting LDS-themed exhibit. One display to be featured in the exhibit is entitled “The Symbol of our Faith” and will introduce Jamboreers to the history and basic tenets of the Church. Another display celebrates the Strength of Youth program. Plenty of pamphlets and copies of the Book of Mormon will be available for all who are interested.

The Church is also hosting activity tents where Scouts can earn the Genealogy and Family Life merit badges. Even those who have already earned the awards can research their own family history and enjoy fun genealogy instruction.

Read the rest here.


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    LDS Scout Troops serve many people of other faiths and the 5,000 estimate may be somewhat over-stated.