Perhaps there is a “product” that would help our units run well longer or reduce engine wear on a den leader or Scoutmaster. If so, what might that be? Well, as it turns out, there is such a “product;” It’s called STP.
“S” Stands for Staffing
For example, do we have functioning Scout committees at the ward level? Or chairs for all positions at the district level with active committee members?
“T” Stands for Training
For example, has everyone taken Youth Protection training? Leader Specific training? Other trainings for their particular position? Is everyone attending Roundtable? What about Wood Badge or Philmont?
“P” stands for Program
For example, are our Varsity leaders familiar with the Varsity program? If so, are they trying to implement it? Are our Venturing leaders familiar with the Venturing program? If so, are they trying to implement it?
As leaders at the ward, stake, or district level, our challenge is to do all we can to ensure that we are fully staffed, fully trained, and fully implementing the programs. As we do this, our leaders will experience less “engine wear” and our packs, troops, teams, and crews will “run well longer.”
The 4 M’s
Why, then, do we want our packs, troops, teams, and crews to “run well longer”?
Baden Powell said, “Scouting is a game with a purpose.” For LDS units, that purpose can be captured in what has been called the 4 M’s. They are:
Sure, we want our boys and young men to participate in Scouting for the fun, excitement, and challenge. But there are goals we have for them that go beyond this. The fun, the excitement, the challenge—Scouting itself—are but tools to our primary goals. We want them to be prepared to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, serve honorable missions, return and marry in the temple, and give meaningful service for the remainder of their lives.
My hope and challenge to each of us is that we will think about STP and the 4 M’s and find ways to use these ideas to strengthen our Scout units and use the inspired resource of Scouting to achieve the goals we have set for our boys and young men.
Author: Steven Baugh | Council Vice-president of District Operations