He asked those in attendance and others to help BSA. He said to calm any anxiety about recent announcement that the LDS church will no longer be doing Varsity and Venturing programs.
Then, he quoted Groucho Marx saying, “There is less going on here than meets the eye.” He reiterated that this idea is true of Varsity and Venturing.
“There is less there than everybody is worried about. It just means we have never been terrifically successful across the church with those programs for this age group,” Holland said.
He reminded listeners that LDS boys can still identify with a troop, and work on their Eagle until they are eighteen. He also said that we need to understand that boys change as they begin to notice girls and start driving; we need to do a few things differently with this age group, especially with the lowering of the missionary age.
He asked that we to do more to prepare our youth for missionary service and the temple. “Don’t panic about those about those particular age groups or those announcements,” he urged. He said that the Church was still at work to meet the new program’s deadlines for January 1st, which will be worldwide.
“Be patient,” he counseled. “We don’t want anyone to be anxious or frustrated.”
Additionally, he shared the love of President Monson for Scouting, “You know of his standing with the BSA. I will let him know what good meetings we have had. He is happy and healthy, but he doesn’t have as much energy.”