Across the internet, these are our favorite comments we’ve found from Scouters as they share their thoughts about this change.
Blessed by Scouting
Timothy Brady, a member of the LDS church and an avid Scouter emailed us and said “I have been involved one way or another in Boy Scouts since 2nd grade. Best thing that ever happened to me. I still have my Bobcat pin. I feel that much of who I am and my success can be attributed to Boy Scouts. I am a BOY SCOUT! I’m proud that I earned Eagle Scout. “Earned” is the key-word. I’m also proud that my brother and two sons and many of their friends also earned Eagle Scout. This is not a coincidence. I’ve lived Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, both as a participant and Leader. I’m proud of that and Blessed by that. Very blessed. THANK YOU BOY SCOUTS!”
Brady’s gratitude to the program shows the positive impact that Scouting has had on many lives. He is an example of how the lessons learned from being a Scout last a lifetime.
Thank You Scouts
On our Facebook page, Michael Terry explains his understanding of and excitement about Scouting’s future. “The Church will no longer charter Scouting units because they will be launching a new program that meets the needs of their increasingly global membership,” he says, quoting the statement from the LDS church.
“That sounds very exciting,” Terry remarks. “I hope the Church’s new program will also meet the needs of [all] members as well. Thank you Scouts BSA and the Utah National Parks Council for your efforts and willingness to do so.”
A New Adventure
One commenter on this Bryan on Scouting article about the LDS Church’s announcement, Jessica Hankins, says that she is “Praying for the success of every leader who chooses to make the change to a community unit. Learning new ways to implement familiar programs isn’t easy but it’s an adventure!”
Hankins makes a great point about this change. The LDS church’s decision to no longer charter scouting organizations means that there is a huge opportunity for involved leaders to form community units. And it will definitely be an adventure!
Still A Quality Youth Program
Finally, on the same Bryan on Scouting article, LDS Scouter David Stein shared his thought about the matter.
Author: Madison Austin | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council