scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: LDS & Scouts
Daniel Hammond (hammonddl@USWEST.NET
Wed May 03 2000 - 22:40:16 CDT
You recently posted to Scouts-L:
> There is no special treatment from the BSA to/for LDS units. There is
> special treatment of the LDS for/to the BSA.
Well my Webelos leaders book has a separate section for LDS units.
Different schedule is suggested. Don't know why. Seems odd to me."
The difference in program usage is really quite simple. The LDS based
units move boys from rank to rank based on their birthdays, rather than
traditional units using the school year, or portions of it.
LDS Cub Scout units have boys start in a wolf den when they turn 8, just
like it was when I was a kid. Then they do one year in a Bear Den and
one year in a Webelos Den. When they turn 11, they go on into a Boy
Scout Troop. They move into Varsity or "Blazers" when they turn 16 (I
think that's right).
The two single biggest differences are no Tigers and moving to the next
rank on your birthday, and a one year Webelos phase.
All in all, it seems to work well for LDS units and aside from the mass
graduations and progression ceremonies that traditional packs have,
their seem to be few real problems. When boys move to the next phase on
their birthdays, you can make a ceremony for each boy rather than a den,
but you have a hard time putting together the sort of large, impressive
ceremonies that so many of us have come to enjoy.
The use of the program by LDS units is different than traditional
units. Not better. Not Worse. Just different. Some other countries,
South Africa comes to mind, do essentially the same thing with their Cub
Yours in ScOUTing
Dan Hammond, Sr
CM Pack 225, Life Scout and Army Major
I used to be an owl...