Having spent some time working with scouting outside the LDS Church as well as
within, two things become apparent: (1) A number of scout units outside the
church run circles around some of our LDS Church units, though others don't
(2) units outside the church don't have the Aaronic Priesthood to worry
about, so leaders within the church often find themselves "choosing"
between the priesthood and scouting (they don't have to do so if they gain
a complete, trained understanding of scouting as a supportive, not a
competitive, program).Many of the challenges of running a dynamic scouting
program at all levels, within and outside the church, rests with a dedicated
unit leader (scoutmaster, team coach, crew advisor) PLUS an active, involved,
trained committee of adult volunteers that know how to help the boys lead
themselves.This is one of the methods of scouting (labeled "adult
association") that needs to be firmly established and practiced. I believe
President Monson and the Young Men's Presidency understand this. It needs
better implementation at some of the local levels of the LDS Church.
@PortlanderI am a Bishop in an Eastern Utah LDS ward. Throughout my
life, although I have been involved in scouting, and had an amazing scout
master, I have not been a real proponent of the BSA program. As Bishop I have
been trying to learn more; things I should have already learned. I am developing
a testimony of scouting and the positive effect it has on our young men. I have
wonderful scout leaders in position in my ward and thank God everyday for these
great men. Thank you for reminding me of my duty to these sons of God. I
recommit myself to them and this program.
Worked for the Church all of his adult life...high Church callings for much of
the same...Apostle for many decades. Somewhere along the line someone must
realize that it has been a "calling" from the Lord for him to be such a
great friend of Boy Scouting? I mean, he has been one of the most prominent
representatives from the church to the Boy Scouts of America program. But
it's really not a "volunteering" position for him. It has been his
duty...a "calling" from the Lord. However, from my point of
view, I wish that more Bishops, Stake Presidencies, High Councils and so forth,
took their Scouting duties more seriously. Too many of our boys are not fully
participating in Scouting activities and service, and are not being exposed to
the great good that Scouting does to prepare a young man for a mission, a life
of service, a life of honor and a life of good in this world. For that, we as a
people, will suffer.
@I know it .....We do need better role models than the majority of
our current list of celebrities. The problem is that in a society where
ultimate success is based upon fame and fortune it is difficult to redirect the
attention of society.The great thing about naming this new lodge in
honor of President Monson is that it will be symbolic of a legacy of good
choices, life long service and exemplary living. You can't go wrong there.
More important than the honor this does to President Monson is the assurance
that no one will ever have to apologize or regret having the name Monson and
B.S.A. linked together in such a fashion.
Great decision!We need less role models like Justin Bieber and more
like Pres. Monson.
It is Good that this new facility will honor one of the Greatest Boy Scouts of
all time!!One only needs to read President Monson's list of
accomplishments to see why this isappropriate. When I think of President
Monson, the words "On My Honor, I will do my Best..."slways comes
to mind.Congratulations and God Bless!!