Sunday, November 26, 2017

Eagle Rank Guidance for Leaders of Older LDS Scouts

With the transition away from Varsity Scouts and Venturing at the start of 2018, it's worth noting that in that announcement, there was also an instruction that, "Young men over the age of 14 who desire to continue to work toward the rank of Eagle Scout or Queen Scout should be encouraged and supported in their efforts..." Below are my thoughts on how Young Men Advisers of Teacher/Priest-age Scouts can offer that encouragement and support, taking the Eagle Scout rank requirements as a baseline, and leveraging the PPI to help in that endeavor. It assumes that the young man in question completed Life Scout when he was a Deacon.  If he hasn't, the requirements are roughly similar, and so the same concepts apply.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

So, I'm sitting on the bus going home from work last night, when my text message notification dings.

Dutifully, I read the Patrol-meeting related message, but it wasn't from the Scoutmaster.  It was a mass-text from a mom, intended for the Scoutmaster but asking anyone and everyone: Do the Scouts need their Scout Books at Scout Meeting tonight? To which the only reasonable answer is "Be Prepared." But I stayed my thumbs, as that isn't a good enough answer for attack helicopter moms. Nor is suggesting that the Scout be responsible for his own Scouting.

It then took a turn for the worse when she asked about which merit badges were on the schedule for the next several months, "so he doesn't do double work," and stated that the JR High PE coach conveniently "passes" all the boys on the Personal Fitness MB. Since my older son had taken his class (PE, not MB), I knew it for what it was, and replied, "Oh yes, the famed Mass-Pass Method of Scouting." (similar to the "ninth method of Scouting.")

Prepared. | For Life.™

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Family Scouting

By now, a little less than 24 hours after the announcement, everyone has heard that BSA is expanding to include girls in Cub Scouts and in a Boy Scout-equivalent program. Called Family Scouting, I think this is a good move, both for youth and for the sustainability of BSA - if it is to survive, it has to adapt to the world we actually live in, and not the one we pine for. That said, I think one of the best reasons for the expansion is that the world needs more of this:

Prepared. | For Life.™

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Answers to questions - the new Teacher/Priest program

From my inbox. The second link addresses the questions of leadership positions for older YM pursuing Eagle, continued High Adventure activities, liability and injury insurance and more.  Again, new program, same as the old program, without any of its resources. Waiting for a revised 'Green Book' reflecting these changes.
The new teacher and priest activities, announced by the First Presidency on May 1‌1, 2017, provide an opportunity to help young men become more deeply converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are gratified by the wonderful response to this change, and we encourage you to continue to read and implement the activity principles and guidelines.

To answer your questions, we have prepared a document titled "Implementing the New Teacher and Priest Activities." This document responds to questions raised as we have talked with many adult leaders since the announcement was made.

We also invite you to understand and apply the following three principles:
We are confident that the young men you serve will be blessed as you counsel together and follow the principles and guidelines outlined at

Thank you for your faithful service,

The General Young Men Presidency

Prepared. | For Life.™