By Stewart Schow
Aug 13, 2015

Expanding Our Vision Of Varsity Scouting

3244273_Counseling_with_Our_CouncilsWhile preparing my previous article about how Varsity Scouting teaches the Council form of governing, I came across this quote from M Russell Ballard’s book, Counseling with our Councils.

“Wise presidents and bishops will recognize and appreciate such diversities of gifts. They will seek to enlarge the capacity of their presidencies, bishoprics, and other councils by involving those who bring gifts and abilities that are not already found therein.” (Ballard, 2012)

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Stewart Schow with his grandson at Varsity Vision Course

So I began to wonder if Varsity Scouting and its form of leadership allows for this kind of diversity of gifts. What are the gifts that using the five Fields of Emphasis promote in running a Varsity Scout program? What are some of the interests that come in under personal development of social and cultural attributes, spirituality, physical fitness and leadership?  What are some of the diversity of gifts that can come from service? What are the many skills that can be learned from advancement and merit badges?

Recently I saw the council poster about merit badges that listed skills to prepare missionaries. Look at all the ways that advancement can be used to prepare missionaries.  This makes me think that we can have a lot of diversity within the Varsity Scout program to prepare young men for life—all kinds of life, not just church but family, work, hobbies and many more.

Elder Ballard said,

“Bishops and presidents would do well to ‘covet earnestly the best gifts’ among those whom they call to serve at their side.” (Ballard, 2012)

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Elder Russell M Ballard

We teach young men to use the skills and resources that others bring into a group by allowing them to see and recognize the talents and abilities of others. Elder Ballard goes on to say to Bishops,

“Don’t be intimidated by those whose native talents and capabilities may be more visible— and may seem, therefore, more valuable—than your own. Every person has a significant contribution, every one. (Ballard, 2012).   Can we teach young men to enjoy and use the talents and skills of other?

May we learn how we can bless the lives of each young man in a Varsity Team by using the five Fields of Emphasis, by using each Program Manager and allowing him the leadership, the power and responsibility that will help him grow and realize his own worth within the Varsity Scout program and recognize his abilities in life. Because all are needed and can and should contribute to the building of the team that he is a part of during this significant part of his life.

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Author: Stewart Schow  | Council Varsity Scout Committee Chairman

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