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(Provo-AP) -- Brigham Young University has begun offering classes leading to a bachelor's degree in Scouting education.
B-Y-U, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, developed the program to encourage Mormon participation in the Boy Scouts of America.
Mormons make up nearly ten percent of the more than four (M)million Boy Scouts nationwide, but only six percent or seven percent of professionals running the organization are Mormons.
Brian Hill, chairman of B-Y-U's Recreation Management and Youth Leadership Department, said, "We are very interested in bringing that figure to parity."
Several students seeking the degree have enrolled since school began in August.
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