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Friday, February 14, 2014

Calling All LDS Scouters: What would you do?

Yes, my loyal readers, I need your help and suggestions. I have been asked to teach a session of the "Scouting in the LDS Church" class at our upcoming University of Scouting in a couple of weeks.

What I would like is any suggestions about what you think is the most important thing to tell people about LDS Scouting? If you were in the class, what would you want to hear? What would you want to tell others taking the class? Throw out any and all suggestions. They will be much appreciated!


Jess Clark said...

Tie the methods of Scouting to church.

Patrol Method: D&C 107:85

Advancement: It is a means to an end. It is not the end itself. As one of the 8 methods of Scouting, advancement is a natural outcome of the other 7.

Uniform: Scoutmasters in full uniform set a good example for members of their troops and are also seen as community leaders fulfilling a very important role.

Leadership: D&C 121:40-43

Scouting Ideals: I have a nice quote from Pres. Hinckley that's too long to put here.

Outdoors: Enos 1:3, JSH 1:14, Matt 4:1-2, Luke 5:15-16, Luke 22-39-44

Adult Association: Time, Testimony, Tenure, and Training

Personal Growth: Mosiah 5:13

Evenspor said...

Great thoughts! Thank you!

Allen said...

That the program materials are the same. There is no secret LDS Scoutmaster handbook, no LDS Committee Challenge. There are a few quirks and additional restrictions, but nothing so extreme that a successful program can't happen.

Evenspor said...

Yes. Definitely.

Fishgutts said...

Maybe that stinking to the same old way is not that great an idea.

Teach and use the program you got. Not everything is a troop!

Evenspor said...

I will definitely be handing out your orientation packet to any varsity coaches and bishopric in the house.

Anonymous said...

My Thoughts:

Trails to Testimony! I'd focus on the "WHY" rather than the how. Why we do it, IS different.

I'd layout a Leadership Development Plan (basic training, roundtable, adult leadership awards, Wood Badge, Philmont, etc) and how this helps their program.

Traditions (Samples). Basically an Annual or 2 Year Calendar of Pack/Troop/Team/Crew Ideas. Traditions are what are handed down leader to leader as we are released.


Evenspor said...

Good points.

I should get out Trails to Testimony and listen to it again.