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Mormons Pulling 400,000 Youths Out Of Struggling Boy Scouts

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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 January 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.

Observers say 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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