Re: LDS Scouts????
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Mon, 1 May 1995 01:32:31 -0600
On Mon, 1 May 1995, Claudia Carroll wrote:
> Chris Haggerty wrote that LDS Scouts do Scouting differently. Could you
> please enlighten me and perhaps a few others as to how it is different? I
> have an EXTREMELY active BS troop near me at a LDS church. And my son may
> end up there.
You will get, I'm sure, several answers to this since none of them will
probably cover every aspect that is or may differ from your (and others')
prior experiences. LDS troops, as mentioned in a response from and LDS
Cubmaster, are organized on the basis of age primarily. This is not
unlike BSA. The basis of the grouping by age is that the LDS Church
implements Scouting as the activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood, in
which LDS boys age 12-18+ are involved. The age breaks in BSA correspond
with the different offices (or classes) of the Aaronic Priesthood. So as
a boy reaches 14, he usually changes office in the Aaronic Priesthood
and, likewise, moves into the Varsity Team. At 16, he again changes
office, and will probably become an Explorer. These progressions are not
required, but they are the dominant case and, as is evidenced by BSA and
outside data, quite beneficial to all involved.
That is one difference. Another you will notice is that LDS troops, et
al, will generally not travel to or from camp on Sundays. This limits
most short-term camps to Friday and Saturday--one-nighters--since school
(for the boys) and work (for the adults) precludes remaining over Sunday
and returning Monday.
I would highly encourage you to contact the Bishop at the LDS meeting
house near you to find out who the Scoutmaster is, then contact the SM
and ask to visit a few meetings and to meet with him personally (meaning
you, your spouse, the son(s), SM, and the SPL).
Mike Walton, who is not, I gather, himself LDS may have some good info
for you. Rex Goode, who is LDS is another source. I am LDS, and have a
bit of experience with LDS units (My parents both received Silver Beavers
and my step-grandfather founded the Youth Leadership program at BYU.).
There is a list member, whose name escapes me at the moment [deepest
apologies :-(], who is at BYU. So, yeah, there are some good sources for
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City