By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 16, 2013

Scouting Leaders & Volunteers Create Opportunities for Doing Good

Oh horror – you get a phone call asking you to come in early on Sunday to meet with a member of the bishopric. You arrive early and are informed that your ward is extending you a calling to be the new Boy Scout leader.

Ugh, you don’t like camping. Plus, you are busy with family and other commitments. This calling is at the worst possible time….

Suddenly, a 100 reasons come to mind why this task is going to be impossible. Yet, you accept the calling with trepidation.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told in General Conference of a man who dreamed that he was in a great hall where all the religions of the world were gathered.

He realized that each religion offered much that was desirable and worthy. The man met a nice couple who represented The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and asked, “What do you require of your members?” The couple responded that we do not require anything but that the Lord asks that we consecrate all. [1]

President Uchtdorf went on to say that what the Church offers are opportunities for doing good. It gives members opportunities to put faith into practice.

The LDS Church uses the Scouting program as the activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood. Leaders and volunteers of Scouting have a great calling to give these young men opportunities for doing good, to learn in their youth to put faith into practice.

And every young boy deserves a good and trained leader. As a leader or volunteer of Scouting you have the opportunity to alter the direction of a boys’ life. You have the opportunity to keep him on the straight and narrow path that leads to happiness or redirect him along that path if he has fallen away.

Every young boy in Scouting is of value and of worth. It is our job as leaders and volunteers to help them see that for themselves. Your service in Scouting will be for you a life changing experience. You are the builders of the nation.

inspirationLisiate “Rich” Paongo from the Provo Utah Wasatch Stake, shared her experience with Wood Badge training in 2012:

Once the stake presidency registered, it was easy to challenge all the ward leaders to sign up. President Makai’s faith to simply go to Wood Badge spearheaded the effort…It was hard to completely fathom what the eventual outcome would be of this course, but we had the feeling that the blessings and impact of this course would eternally affect generations. Of course, many were expectedly reluctant at first but we were able to fill the maximum 64 spots available in a Wood Badge course.

Knowing we had filled the 64 spots, we also braced for the challenges and trails. Two weeks before our Wood Badge course, we would receive at least one call a day with an “excuse” and that someone was pulling out. With many prayers and concerned faith, fasting and temple attendance, we continued our efforts to get other leaders to replace those that dropped out. There were so many who began to pull out that I was disheartened and literally fell ill the Sunday before the course. I recall a distinct impression that the adversary knew what a tremendous impact this Wood Badge course would have on those who attended, the wards and our stake as a whole, that his goal was to do everything and anything to thwart this course…

We ended up with 58 Wood Badge attendees…A few months have passed since our memorable Wood Badge course. In the lives of our Scouts, already we are seeing more Eagle Scouts, more Duty to God awards, and more missionaries as they adopt the “3M’s” into their lives. Even our Scouts are riding the vision with camps this past summer to Entrada, Tifie, Timberline, and Camp Williams… [2]

There are always challenges and things that interfere with our abilities to head Scouting in our wards or troops. But these young boys need you. They deserve a trained leader. They deserve a leader who cares about them and seeks inspiration to help them make and meet goals.

Have not heard of Wood Badge? See blog post on Wood Badge Embodiment of Scouting Spirit.

We as a professional team are committed to supporting you in your challenges. If you are struggling and need help, have questions, please contact your district executive.

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council

References

1. See Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Come Join Us,” General Conference, October 2013.

2. See Lisiate “Rich” Paongo, “Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader,” LDS-BSA Relationships Newsletters, May 2012.

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