LDS policy changes
Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Sun, 18 Sep 1994 21:58:29 EDT
I serve in the LDS church as a councelor in the Stake Young Men's Presidency,
which means that part of my job is to ensure the success of scouting in nine
different units in my area. As such, I can not let this thread die without
putting my few cents in.
The purpose and mission of the LDS Young Men's Program, among a long list of
other things, is to:
>>>1. Help young men become converted to the gospel.
>>>2. Give meaningful service.
>>>3. Prepare young men to serve as a missionary for the church.
>>>4. Prepare yonng men to become worthy husbands and fathers.
I for one think that the principles taught in scouting more than meets the
purposes outlined above. Obviously the leadership of our church thinks the
same thing, having included scouting as the "activity arm" of the young men's
program since 1913.
We as a church are thankful for BSA's flexibility in letting us adjust
certain age requirements to meet the needs of our youth. However, the
advancement requirements, paperwork, and training in an LDS troop are
identical to any other troop. This has all been explained very well in
From the prestigious national and international awards and recognition given
the top leaders of our church, it is obvious that the LDS church is committed
to BSA and visa versa. When an LDS troop fails, or is "less than quality",
it is usually due to lack of training or interest or commitment of the local
leaders of that area.
I have focused my efforts in encouraging LDS Scout Leaders whom I am over to
get trained (woodbadge) and insisting that they not be released from their
scouting positions for at least three years.
I must agree that the Varsity Program appears to be a dismal failure in many
units. It is not designed to be a "holding tank", but rather a
high-adventure scouting unit. However, the program requires more manpower
and commitment than most LDS wards can muster, thus they fail. That is true
of 7 of the 9 units I am over.
I still believe, though, that the Varsity program, when ran properly and with
committed and trained adult leaders, will further the above purposes very
By the way, the troops in my area are not Eagle Scout Factories. Most boys
receive their Eagles here while they are 15 or 16. Only one that I can
remember received his while under the age of 14.
Thank you for not setting this thread on fire. I have appreciated all of the
Eloika Lake, Washington
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