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By Darryl Alder
Oct 30, 2016

A Helpful Scouting Position Calling List

Let’s face it, Scouting has its own jargon. In fact, BSA has a website dedicated to the Language of Scouting. I think most bishops have more important things to do than interpret Scouting for newly-called Aaronic Priesthood leaders. So a few weeks ago for our Little Philmont series, I developed an lds-position-desciption-for-calling-new-leaders checklist that contains a few key points dealing with the time involvement of several of Scouting’s volunteer leader jobs—a job description with a timeline if you will. Here they are:

Priests Quorum Adviser and Assistant Tasks (Venturing Crew)

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First month

  • Help the priests quorum presidency make an annual plan using Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews and Come, Follow Me
  • Help the presidency fill in each month of the annual calendar with detailed plans and assignments so they have always planned at least three months in advance
  • Help the presidency select quarterly high adventure activities
  • Assist parents in preparing young men for Melchizedek Priesthood ordination, missionary service, temple endowments and marriage
  • Obtain and wear crew uniform (as chosen by the quorum)
  • Attend crew committee meeting when held
  • Attend monthly Scouting roundtable

First quarter

  • Complete Venturing leader-specific training when offered by your stake or online any time at my.Scouting.org (Note: This training is offered by the National Council BSA and therefore demonstrates the coed option for Venturing, however LDS units do not register young woment in Church crews)
  • Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills when offered in your district
  • When able, attend Wood Badge training

(see also: http://www.ldsbsa.org/new-leaders/)

Teachers Quorum Adviser and Assistant Tasks (Varsity Scout Team)

First week

First month

  • Help the teachers quorum presidency make an annual plan using Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews, Duty to God and Come, Follow Me
  • Help the presidency fill in each month of the annual calendar with detailed plans and assignments so they have always planned at least three months in advance
  • Help the presidency select a quarterly high adventure activity, including one long-term outdoor adventure
  • Assist parents in preparing young men for Melchizedek Priesthood ordination, missionary service, temple endowments and marriage
  • Obtain and wear team uniform (as chosen by the quorum)
  • Attend team committee meeting when held
  • Attend monthly Scouting roundtable

First quarter

  • Complete Varsity Vision leader-specific training when offered by your stake or online any time in this blog in a seven post series entitled “Varsity Vision
  • Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills when offered in your district
  • When able, attend Wood Badge training
  • see also: (http://www.ldsbsa.org/new-leaders/)

Deacons Quorum Adviser and Assistant Tasks (Boy Scout Troop)

First week

First month

  • Help the deacons quorum presidency make an annual plan using Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews, Duty to God and Come, Follow Me
  • Each month, help the presidency hold a patrol leaders’ council (presidency and all patrol leaders) to fill in the detailed plans and assignments for weekly troop meetings
  • Plan for monthly outdoor campouts or activities and at least one long-term camp during the year
  • Assist parents in preparing young men for Melchizedek Priesthood ordination, missionary service, temple endowments and marriage
  • Obtain and wear a Scout leader uniform
  • Attend troop committee meeting when held
  • Attend monthly Scouting roundtables

First quarter

  • Help the presidency plan regular courts of honor
  • Complete Boy Scout leader-specific training when offered by your stake or online any time at LDS Scoutmaster Training Series
  • Complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills when offered in your district
  • When able, attend Wood Badge training

see also: (http://www.ldsbsa.org/new-leaders/)

Hardly a week goes by at the Scout Service, that we are asked for lists like these. If your ward or stake has a better list, please share them in the comment section. If not, let us know if these helped you and share your suggestions.

Note:  For a detailed job description, see the websites indicated at LDS/BSA. Training is also available online at my.Scouting.org. A leader is considered trained when the following courses have been completed: Youth Protection and position-specific training, which includes Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) for troop, team, and crew leaders.

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Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. He has been an associate Crew adviser, Varsity Scout Team Coach and Scoutmaster

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One thought on “A Helpful Scouting Position Calling List

  1. JD

    Darryl – I really like this. The LDS-BSA has a great list for training, but it misses the planning part. I think both are important. Thanks for sharing.

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