Be Involved and Engaged! – A Message from Sister Service

Queen Creek Stake Primary Presidency at a Stake Camporee: Yvette Rasmussen, Roseanne Service, Stacie Cliff, and Michelle Solomon.

Hi! My name is Roseanne Service. Yes, I’m literally “Sister Service!” I live in the Arizona Queen Creek Stake; the BSA Grand Canyon Council Agave District.

A few years ago I was serving as the Primary president in my ward. At first I wasn’t exactly sure what my eleven-year-old son was supposed to be doing in Scouting! I vaguely remembered being told something about parents “not being as involved in Boy Scouts” as they were in Cub Scouts. At first, I thought that meant be “uninvolved.” However, I soon discovered that there were still LOADS of ways I could be involved in my son’s Scouting adventure!

Here are a few examples of ways I became involved in our Boy Scout troop:
-I took my son to merit badge clinics
-I received training and became a merit badge counselor
-I helped teach at merit badge clinics
-I began to support our Scout troop and would even call to ask the Scoutmaster if he had any specific needs I could help with.
-I served on our ward troop committee

Because of my determination to learn more about the Scouting program, I now teach a Roundtable class for Primary presidencies each month. Serving in Scouting also opened the door for me to do public speaking. And, I manage two national Facebook support pages for LDS Eleven-Year-Old leaders and LDS Scouting Leaders. It’s fun!

The experiences I had through “becoming involved” were very helpful when I was eventually called to be the stake Primary president. Later, I served again in a brand new stake as the 1st counselor in the stake Primary.

My determination to “be involved and engaged” was not only a help to me in my callings, but was also a tremendous blessing to my three sons as well.

Looking back, I don’t believe we should leave it to others to understand and manage a program that our own son is involved in. Instead, we as mothers can do SO MUCH to understand, be involved in, lift ,and support the Scouting program.

~Roseanne Service is currently an Assistant District Commissioner in the Grand Canyon Council. She has been to Wood Badge and helps teach Trainer’s Edge and Baden Powell University classes.

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  1. Thad Palmer says:

    Thank you Sister Service for your example and wanting to and then acting to being involved! Thank you for this share out and hope others will find it as inspiring as I do!
    – Thad Palmer
    Scoutmaster
    Unit 1826 (LDS)
    Centreville Virginia
    Sully District
    National Capitol Area Council
    *What critter are you? I am an Eagle.

  2. Bryce Hall says:

    Great Example – Reminds of the 13th Article of Faith – “If there is anything good, virtuous, noteworthy or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
    – Bryce Hall
    District Commissioner (Buena Creek)
    Vista 8th Ward
    San Diego Imperial Council
    Wood Badge 2007 (Eagle critter too.)

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