Re: Junior Leadership in LDS troops
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 17:06:01 -0600
> Mark Arend quoted and asked:
> >>While I would love to have an SPL who is 15 or 16, I know that in my
> >>troop that will never happen (its an LDS troop).
> >Enlighten us please, why not?
> As the L.D.S. church implements Scouting all boys become a member of a
> Varsity Team at age fourteen and Explorers at age 16. Therefore there
> will not be a 15 or 16 year old SPL in an L.D.S. troop - since they will be
> members of teams or posts.
> No, they are not dual registered in a troop and team/post.
> That's the way they do things...
The only correction I would add is that in some troops, Venture scouting
is an option for boys when they reach the age of 14, instead of Varsity
scouting, should the troop decide to go that route (more should the boys
decide they prefer that program over Varsity scouting).
Even with Ventures, however, because of how scouting in the LDS church
operates, Venture scouts can hold, to my understanding and my troop's
interpretation of LDS rules, any position in the troop except for SPL and
ASPL. This is due, mainly, to the fact that in most areas, the boys DO
move on at age 14, and for other reasons rooted in LDS Church organization.
I have both Ventures in my troop and a Varsity team as an option for my
boys. About half go on to Varsity scouts, the rest stay in the troop.
They are my guides, den chiefs, etc.
Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
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