“Consider the last lesson you taught. As you prepared and presented the lesson, what did you think about? Did you think about the lesson material? Did you think about those you were teaching? How much did you really know about the individuals you were teaching? If you did not know them, how might knowing at least something about each of them have made a difference in your lesson?”
Have you taken the time to look at the LDS Church’s new Activities Website. There is a whole section there on Scouting with various BSA resources that help with planning a well-rounded program for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers. Just coming on-line are tools entitled Follow Me Scouting
The article in Teaching, No Greater Call, went on to give this testimonial: “As a deacons quorum adviser, I have learned some things about 12- and 13-year-old boys. I understand the challenges, opportunities, experiences, and questions young men that age share in common. I understand that each of these young men has recently received the priesthood and is learning what it means to exercise it worthily.
I also know each of the deacons individually—their likes, dislikes, talents, concerns, and what is happening in their lives right now.”
“As I prepare lessons and teach the boys, I try to teach gospel principles in a way that will relate to their understanding and experience. To engage one boy, I might ask a question that relates some point in the lesson to playing soccer. To help another young man participate, I might relate an experience from a recent campout that helps illustrate the application of a gospel principle. By understanding these boys, I am better able to find ways to relate each lesson to them.”
I know that as a Scoutmaster, Team Coach and Associate Advisor, I have gotten to know our youth best while camping with them. For me are few places better than Scouting activities where you can spent time really getting to know them. I hope you’ll consider an outdoor activity soon to really learn to understand your boys and the circumstances that move them.
Author: Darryl Alder | Director of Support Services, Utah National Parks Council