By Joyce Olesen
Dec 23, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 23

Jesus taught:

“I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

—Matthew 25:36

After working many years as a volunteer teacher in Youth Detention, I know a bit about the system.  You can’t just go to a prison and ask to visit.  I know you can visit friends and relatives, and I do think they might still allow older missionary male companions to visit. 

Scouts can play an active part with Youth Detention.  Did you know that many incarcerated youth can’t read?  They are kids ages 10-18 who seem to have fallen between the cracks, educationally speaking. 

I wrote a basic instructional how-to book.  I think there is much better material out there now.  They could use books/CD’s to learn from and a library set up with interesting age-appropriate stories.  I know they refuse to use or be seen with little kids’ books.  I would have your troop leader call the prison and ask for their suggestions.  It is a wonderful way to come unto them, and brighten their world.

Author: Joyce Olesen | is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She loves kids, camping, country music and sports cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his “Scout” she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

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