As I was looking for an internship to fulfill a requirement for graduation, I knew I was interested non-profit work. I kept my eyes open for opportunities in this field. One day as I was looking at the Public Relations internship board at school I saw a flyer for the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America. I read through the details and decided to apply. I had an interview and a few days later was offered the position. I felt like it would be a great opportunity and I knew it was right, so I accepted.
On my first day I was thrown straight into the mix, writing blogs, doing social media and helping the marketing department. I felt overwhelmed because of my limited knowledge of Boy Scouts, but at the same time encouraged by all of the positivity flowing in the environment.
I began to really delve deep into Scouting, reading blogs upon blogs and talking to as many people as I could in the council. I was trying to catch up on the experiences that I missed out on by not participating in the program. Little by little I learned about what makes the BSA so great.
Throughout my four months as an intern I learned valuable lessons and met so many great people that it would be impossible to write about it all. However, here are a few of the most important things I saw and learned while I was an intern.
Scouting is God’s Work
Most people will never see the endless amount of prayers that are offered as planning and decisions are made in the BSA. Whether you are in a majority LDS council, like Utah National Parks, or a small council located in the Midwest, Scouting is God’s work. God cares about Scouting, how could He not? Scouting teaches young men principles that will guide them back to His presence.
One of my favorite scriptures during my mission was Doctrine and Covenants 101:55. During this passage of scripture the Lord gives the parable of the nobleman and the olive trees, which signifies the troubles and eventual redemption of Zion.
55. And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men… who are the strength of mine house
56. And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.
The Lord loves and values young men. He refers to them as His warriors, and the strength of His house. He loves them so much that He in the parable entrusts them with the redemption of Zion. Scouting is a program that helps develop young men to be the type that He trusts to send to redeem Zion. I have seen as general authorities and other leaders have poured their hearts into this program because God has asked them to.
One thing I have loved about working at the Boy Scouts of America was the genuine staff that are so dedicated to the Scouting program. They work unmotivated by a large pay check, but more interested by a desire to help form the future leaders of this nation. They sit in meetings after meetings to not only plan for the ninety and nine, but how to reach out to the one that may not have the opportunity yet to enjoy the blessings of Scouting.
During my internship I had the opportunity to attend multiple meetings. One of them was a district roundtable meeting. I was in awe at the devotion of so many volunteer leaders. Many of them donating hours upon hours every week to the boys in their troops, some of them doing this for years. As I listened to the planning that was involved, a great deal of respect grew inside of me for every volunteer in the BSA.
As I have now completed my internship, I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to work at the Boy Scouts of America. I look forward to opportunities in the future to help spread the good news of the BSA.