Mormons pulling 400,000 youths out of struggling Boy Scouts
By BRADY McCOMBS and DAVID CRARY
KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been one of the largest sponsors of the Boy Scouts of America for decades but is making its split official Jan. 1. The Utah-based faith will deal another blow to the struggling organization when it pulls out more than 400,000 young people and moves them into a new global program of its own. It will mark the first time since the World War II era that Boy Scout youth membership will fall below 2 million. The split may push the Boy Scouts closer to the brink of bankruptcy as it faces a new wave of sex abuse lawsuits.
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