Scouting can help boys and young men love and serve the Savior and honor their parents. . . .
When properly carried out under the direction of priesthood leaders, Scouting supplements activities for young men of Aaronic Priesthood quorums and for 8-, 9-, 10-, and 11-year-old Primary boys. Scouting also assists in accomplishing the eternal purposes of the priesthood and families. Scouting under Church sponsorship must not operate independently of the priesthood and the family. The Scout unit should become an extension of the home, the deacons, teachers or priests quorum, or the Primary classes and should function as part of the Church's activity program for boys and young men.- Scouting Handbook, p. 1