The Mormon Church has long thought of BSA as a subsidiary of LDS, Inc., and for good reason.  The Mormon Church goes back to the beginning of BSA, actually before BSA. LDS was the very FIRST Chartering Organization. The Mormon Church folded its Pioneers scouting program into BSA in approximately 1917.  It became the largest CO with over 40% of all troops. It approached scouting differently than other chartering organizations.  It used its association with BSA as a way to mainstrea