Utah National Parks SWOT Analysis
- Scouting programs helps leaders “Be With Them“—our outdoor programs concentrate the quality of that time.
- A Scout’s duty to God “Connects Them With Heaven.” We help youth become spiritually prepared by developing testimonies of Christ and the gospel by their duty to God.
- Scouting prepares boys to lead; the patrol method “Lets Them Lead” their own quorums.
- The Daily Good Turn helps youth be prepared through personal growth and learning to serve others through charity.
- Our quality youth-led activities helps prepare them to serve missions and teach others.
- We have a proven program that develops individuals by doing hard things—building confidence and leadership skills
- Our programs prepare young men to be good fathers and husbands through the examples of thier leaders who will “Be With Them.”
- We help boys to be prepared by learning who they are as Scouts and sons of God.
- The respected “Boy Scouts of America” brand.
- Ineffective and untimely communications with stake presidents and bishops.
- Leaders aren’t as committed as they might be because they did not volunteer to serve.
- Varsity Scout and Venturing underused leading to poor program delivery for older youth.
- Contributions (FOS) are not well understood; many leaders don’t see the value of donations made.
- Little transparency into financials. Where does money from Friends of Scouting go?
- Too much paperwork and bureaucracy.
- Lack of online services for parents and leaders to track their Scout’s progress.
- Leader training is too long, inaccessible, not pertinent to LDS Scouting positions.
- Expensive uniforms, badges, awards, camps, etc.
- Sole reliance of Friends of Scouting campaigns to operate the council annually.
- Perception that BSA executives have large salaries while volunteers do the work.
- Imperfect alignment with Church organizations—too much demand to organize the BSA way.
- Inadequate use of technology
- Weak capital campaigns, leading to inadequate and poorly maintained camps and other facilities.
- More timely and effective communication with LDS church leaders, boys, and parents.
- Better communication about calendar of events and other activities.
- Quality activities, led by youth
- Involve dynamic leaders to drive interest and engagement with older youth.
- Motivate leaders to attend training and become involved in Scouting—own the program
- Show benefits to the entire family as well as, local Scouts.
- Increased parental involvement to help their child advance in Scouting by working together in the home.
- Access to clear, concise, simplified training in a variety of formats (ie. self paced reading, online, coaching, and small group training adapted for stakes.
- Help bishops, stake presidents and others know how FOS is benefiting their Scouts.
- Make uniforms, awards, badges, etc. more affordable for families.
- An inspired program, compatible for use with Come Follow, Me monthly themes, Church Duty to God program, high moral values and adventure in the outdoors.
- Challenge and adventure in outdoor experiences applying Scouting’s methods.
- Lack of quick and effective communication with stake presidents and bishops.
- Not aligned with stakeholders—stake presidents and bishops, as well as LDS Church organizations and quorums.
- Activities planned and let by adult leaders.
- Parents do not have information they need (event calendaring, advancement tracking).
- Lingering misunderstandings about BSA, especially media misperceptions and stories
- When dynamic leaders move, their knowledge and experience leave with them, leaving a vacuum in youth programs
- Slow response to technological advances.
- Rising cost of Scouting.
- Lack of church sponsored senior LDS priesthood leadership training in use of Scouting.
- Large growth, especially in the younger aged groups, is outpacing our capacity to serve youth and camps and other activities.
- Reliance of Friends of Scouting and camp income as major income sources.
- Same sex and transgender issues in Scouting.
- Competition from youth sports
- Complex, time demanding training courses.
- Misunderstanding about how to use Come Follow, Me monthly themes, Preach My Gospel, the Church’s Duty to God program with Scouting.
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