“Well, what do I know about emergency preparedness?” I thought at first. I quickly considered my mother’s pantry filled side to side and top to bottom with food storage. I thought to myself, “You’re in a married student ward. Nobody has enough room to fill a drawer with food storage– let alone a pantry.” I kept thinking. Over time, I realized my experience in Scouting blended perfectly with this calling. I can still hear my Scout leaders telling us to always be prepared.
Young Men General President, Brother Stephen W. Owen recently talked about this same topic. “Years from now, today’s young men and young women will be where their leaders are now,” said Owen.
The Scouting program offers young men the opportunity to learn skills and develop attributes that will enhance their abilities to lead and serve in their future church callings. I just saw it happen in my life and also in the lives of mission companions and others with whom I serve in the church. The young men going through the Scouting program will be the future leaders, and Scouting will enhance their strengths.
Scouting is one of the most influential organizations in the world in helping young men become leaders. As members of the church, we are fortunate to have it built in the youth programs of the church. For those outside the church, Boy Scouts is sometimes the only positive organization they have to learn these skills in their lives.
I’m grateful for the Scout activities and lessons that helped me feel comfortable assisting those in my ward in their preparation of their own emergency preparedness plans. Scouting will make a difference for youth in their future callings, just as it has in mine.
How has Scouting helped you in your calling?