Yes, correct – the BSA is not a religious organization; it’s purely secular. It neither supports nor endorses any one religion or belief system. That said, duty to your religious beliefs, whatever they me be, is a big part of Scouting.
Dues -? – not sure what they are in your neck of the woods, but here in northern New England, dues are minimal at best.
Again yes – thanks for the further clarification, i.e. that Mormon Scouting is a very different animal than mainstream BSA Scouting.
The whole current issue - in a nutshell, is “corporate” officially acknowledging something that’s been going on virtually since day one. Depending on your point of view, I guess one could say it’s about time……or not.
I think it’s a common misconception that the BSA is somehow an extension of a given church (i.e. a sort of “para-religious” organization) simply because many Troops are chartered by a church – at one point in time it was common for Troops to all have kids from the neighborhood who all attended the same church, etc., etc. (more or less how it was when I was in Cub Scouts way back when), so it just made sense to charter with a church.
That’s not the case today where there are kids in any give Troop from all over the city or from various towns, and not all from the same religious background or beliefs.
From what I’ve read above, it’s kind of surprising that “LDS Scouting” has not become a separate entity, apart but similar to the BSA – I suspect, as I’ve heard on various Scouting forums, it all unfortunately boils down to the “almighty dollar” and the bottom line; LDS Troops bring in significant revenue to the BSA.