Monday, August 15, 2011

New Stuff! New Stuff!

Working with the youth is tough.  There's so much to learn, so many policies. If you're not careful, you'll be like Homer Simpson's neighbor Ned Flanders who, when tragedy struck,  said something to the effect of, "I did everything the Bible said to do, even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff."  If you work with Scouts, you actually serve two masters. Have you ever said to yourself, "I wish the Church would provide easy access to all the training and other resources I need in order to perform well in this job they asked me to do?"

Well, wish no more!  LDS Scouter alerted me to this development: the Church has posted a brand new Scouting resources page, including this BRAND NEW "GREEN BOOK." It's only 9 pages now (really only 6-1/3 pages of text), and a full page-and-a-half focuses on Scouting in the Primary.  Do you wonder what training you need as a leader? It's there! Do you want easy access to BSA Safety policies? They have it! The site even goes a step further by hosting many of these documents on the Church servers, so you don't even have go "outside" the Church system to get them.

All the Scouting Families are represented (Venturing, what the smeg is that?) which to me emphasizes that yes, Scouting will be part of the Church program for a long time to come.

So much for that rumor.

Again.

In my mind, having the BSA publications on LDS.org is tacit approval of those pubs, and implies that knowing and following these policies (yes, all of them) is actually part of the calling.  It is incumbent on us to get Scout-educated so that we know what we're doing, and why. At that point, the Spirit can inspire us, but we gotta study it out, etc.  And if you need even more resources, just hit the "Leader Resources" button on the left side of the page. It will take you to Mutual Activities, Aaronic Priesthood stuff and Duty to God resources, including the hard-to-find Parental and Medical Release form!

Gosh, it's like they already built the wheel so it doesn't have to be re-invented every time someone says, "yes."

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