LDS Blazer Scouts [was: Family Living MB]
Bruce Madsen (bmadsen@DSD.ES.COM)
Mon, 20 Sep 1993 11:42:07 MDT
> >I'd like a little more clarification, please. I have an almost
> >12-year-old Scout (we're LDS, so that makes him a _Blazer Scout_), and
> (A Blazer Scout, for those not familiar, is a Scout which has been
> admitted into the Aaronic Priesthood of the Church. This is a big
> deal in the LDS Churches, traditional and reformed. The LDS has
> leaders that work with candidates to get them ready, whom are called
> Blazer Scout Leaders. Bruce, please add to our collective education
> and tell us about the Blazer Program. )
Happy to comply! For those interested in more information re the LDS
"Blazer Scout" Program:
As Mike Walton said, a big event in the lives of LDS boys is being
ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood at age 12. The LDS church (simply
"Church" hereafter) has correlated this ordination with entrance into
the Scout Troop. However, since BSA allows 11 year-old boys to be
Scouts, the Church has implemented a program called "Blazers" for the
11 year-old boys that have not been admitted into the Aaronic
Priesthood. The "Blazers" are basically the "New Scout Patrol" for the
Troop. They technically belong to the same troop that the 12 year-olds
do; e.g., have the same troop number, attend the same Courts of Honor,
etc. The Blazers come under the jurisdiction of the "Primary"
organization (which involves all children between the ages of 3 and
12, inclusive). The "Blazer Leader(s)" can be either men or women, and
are technically the Assistant Scoutmaster(s) over the New Scout
Patrol. The Primary president is on the Troop Committee, and
represents the interests and needs of the Blazer Scouts (our Troop
Committee often had the Blazer Leader attend Troop Committee as well).
The Blazers work almost exclusively on fulfilling the requirements for
the Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class ranks; but they do
occasionally work on Merit Badges. The Blazers typically meet
separately from the rest of the Troop. The boys move from the Blazer
"patrol" to the Troop when they turn 12, where they join one of the
existing patrols there.
Because of the high proportion of LDS members here in the Salt Lake
City area, the Great Salt Lake Council (at least) also offers special
"Blazer Camps" at a local facility each summer. These are 3 day "day
camps", where the Blazer boys go up to a facility in a local canyon
during the day, and work on outdoor skills, swimming, other skills
needed for rank advancements, etc. Just recently they've started
allowing Blazer groups to stay overnight on one of the days. It is
typical for the Blazers in our ward to go camping 3 times a year (at
least), one of which is usually with the regular Troop.
I'm sure that there's more that I've forgotten to mention, but
hopefully that's 'nuff for now.
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