Mac ’ s 消息 #23: 永远不会取消的活动

Mac 麦金太尔

Mac 麦金太尔

 

本周 ’ s 消息可能看起来像一个小, 微不足道的事, 但它是如此重要,它值得个别关注.

两个星期前,我强调的重要性 “正在准备” 通过日历活动提前所以男孩知道什么指望当他们参加童军和祭司的功能. 一旦确定了这些活动, 日历应设置在石头. 你应该 永远不会 取消计划的活动, 服务项目, 野营, 或户外体验 — — 除了在非常罕见的情况. 我自己的儿子最终成为了侦察和教会的活动不感兴趣,因为他充满激情地的参与某项活动过于频繁地变成失望当事件被取消他成人的领导人.

除了在罕见的情况下,出于安全原因, 永远不会因恶劣天气取消的活动. 还记得, 童子军应 勇敢. 这包括冒着元素, 增韧出来, 面对一个 ’ s 的恐惧, 和做困难的事情. 有几个更好的品格体验比感冒, 湿, 白雪皑皑的野营或风或雨中的艰苦骑行. 这种条件当然考验一名年轻男子,并表明是否他可以 友好, 有礼貌, 种,性格开朗 即使在困难的情况下.

一个童子军也是 值得信赖. 这意味着做一个人所说的一切 — — 甚至很难, 不方便, 或者不舒服. 作为青年领袖的人,你需要模型值你 ’ 你试着教. 未来的传教士需要被教导要走出自己的公寓,做耶和华 ’ s 工作甚至当天气不好的地方. 潜在的麦基洗德的祭司持有人需要学会如何应对毫不拖延地精神的穷途末路. 年轻人需要多方面的经验,要求他们做正确的事情, 甚至当他们不 ’ t 感觉像它. 忠诚度是指做一件事,即使你可能不想.

我不能强调不够好你的课当你 永远不会 取消预定的事件, 即使只有一个男孩是愿意去. 要忠实地服务于一个祭司的职任必须学习毅力. 主要求更多 “晴朗的天气” 服从. 他希望那些致力于他的福音,在他的王国,不管条件服役的祭司的职任领导人或情况下,他们都被纳入. 他希望年轻的男人是 忠诚 — —谁 “古今中外所有的东西,根本站作为神的见证, 和在所有的地方” (摩赛亚 18:9), 即使天气变冷, 湿, 风很大, 和悲惨.

 

花一点时间来反映

  • 您曾经拒绝或取消一个男青年活动,只是因为吗 唐 ’ t 想要做它?
  • 你教你的朋友们如何工作又尽情玩耍吗, 即使在艰难的情况下?
  • 你总是举办活动吗, 即使只有一个男孩显示? 你认识作为的机会接触到这种情况下 “一个” 或寻求后 “迷失的羊” 失踪的是谁?
  • 显示吗, 按时, 为每个男青年祭司和侦察活动, 即使您可能不希望向或你是太忙了?
  • 你做模特的祭司和侦察值 ’ 你试着教给孩子们?

 

打开你的倒影变成行动

  • 你会开始做什么, 停止做, 或做得更好,因为你的倒影?

“青年是成年的种子时, 在一个人的生命的小小空间的成型季节, 在人类历史的转捩点 ’ s 头脑” (J. C. 赖尔, 年轻男性的想法).

 

-Mac 麦金太尔是专用的童军称颂许多人的生命,通过他的服务和急性对侦查程序的理解. 他目前住在拉斯维加斯, 内华达州. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.

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  1. 布莱恩 · 说:

    Another great lesson in what should become one of the core resources for LDS adults called to scouting positions. This blog series has been amazing. Thanks for the time you’ve taken to write it.

    I once read something similar to the following on an LDS scouting email list and it’s stuck with me ever since.

    An adult scout leader had a daughter as part of a YW group. They’d planned an activity and that night only this daughter showed up. The adults cancelled the activity as a result of the low attendance. The daughter went home in tears and told her parents it felt likethey not only cancelled the activity, they cancelled her”.

    What an important lessonan activity should never be cancelled. There’s always a way to make it work.

  2. 兰迪 · 索伦森 说:

    Mac, Your to consider list has several references toeven if you don’t want to “. I would say if this is a serious problem for anyone they need to have a talk with the Good Lord on their knees. If that does not help then maybe a talk with their bishop is in order. Scouting is no place for those who do not want to be there. The young men we serve are too precious and their lives to vital for us not to want to be there.

    1. Mac 说:

      兰迪,

      You are correct, 答案是肯定的. The wardhas need of willing men who wear the worker’s seal” (圣歌 252). 可悲的是, the labor pool of willing men is thin in many wards, particularly those interested in being involved in Scouting. My previous ward had been without a scoutmaster for over four months when I finally gained my testimony of Scouting (Mac ’ s 消息 #1).

      I always say members of the Church fall into two categorieschair-carrying Mormons and non-chair-carrying Mormons. These two types can further be reduced to three sub-categories within the non-chair-carrying group.

      The best opportunity to view the four types is at a ward dinner or other Church social event. At the end of the activity the chair-carrying members willingly help with the clean-up. They don’t wait to be asked. They immediately start putting away chairs and tables. They grab a broom or vacuum and make sure everything is put away where it belongs. They stay until the very end so those who organized the event don’t have to do everything themselves.

      The non-chair-carrying members seem oblivious to the need for help. They stand around while the chair-carrying members work around them. Non-chair-carrying members do nothing but get in the way of those who are working.

      The non-chair-carrying mem-bers can be broken down into three categories.

      Eventually a few of the non-chair-carrying members turn into half-hearted helpers, but only after someone asks them to help. These people only become aware of the need for their assistance after the need is pointed out by those already engaged in the work. They probably would not help out if they hadn’t been asked. 和, 我敢肯定, some may even be irritated that they had to stop the pleasant thing they were doing to help with the work.

      Another subset of the reluctant worker group consists of those who carry chairs when asked, but they only do the minimum amount of work necessary to make it look like they are helping. After a half-hearted effort they seek a reason to slacken off and eventually stop working. Some even quietly sneak out after fulfilling their minimal obligation.

      The last group of members is those who absolutely refuse to work regardless of the need. These people typically leave immediately after an event or, 更惨的是, right before it ends, so they aren’t available when the work needs to be done.

      可悲的是, the number of chair-carrying members in the Lord’s vineyard is few. The Lord’s Church runs on STPthe same ten people (or twenty, or thirty). What one hopes is more people will catch the spirit, see the vision, have a conversion experience, and join the ranks of the true and faithful. That is why I’m writing these messages.

      1. 戴维 · 帕克 说:

        Mac, this response deserves its own weekly post! What a great metaphor!

  3. 地泰勒 说:

    I’ve done many a campout with just one scout, but I’ve had to cancel a good many, 太, because my two deep leadership bailed on me and I couldn’t find any other adults to go.

    1. 兰迪 · 索伦森 说:

      You are a dedicated leader. God bless you for your efforts. Next time two deep leadership is an issue consider calling the president of the Aaronc Priesthood.

      1. 马拉 Thomas 说:

        答案是肯定的, that would be the bishop!

  4. Kevin 菲茨帕特里克 说:

    I agree with both Randy and Brenden. If there was a “喜欢” 或 “thumbs upbutton, I’d click on it!

  5. Montana Burr 说:

    I know how a young man feels when an activity is cancelled. One Friday, just a few years ago, my unit was supposed to go on a campout. Due to bad weather, the campout was cancelled, and I was devastated.

    If something comes up, work around it, even if that means moving the activity to the church building or rescheduling the activity.

  6. 克里 说:

    当我是 14 年岁, our newly called Varsity Team Coach scheduled a campout for our Varsity Team. As the campout approached, every youth member of the Team backed out except for one person. 先生. 伯吉斯, our Team Coach, was a busy father and small business owner and had every reason to cancel that campout for lack of interest. Significantly, he did not cancel the campout! He took just one young Varsity Scout camping that weekend, 我.
    Thirty years later I still remember that campout for one primary reason: 先生. Burgess did not tell me I was important, he showed me that I really mattered. He showed me that even if I was the only person attending, I was worth it to him. Through the years, that experience continues to be a source of strength. I only hope I can “pay it forward.”

  7. Chris 说:

    Almost agree. Never cancel, but be sure to have a great plan B. I would hate to see more youth killed becausean activity was not cancelledor used a plan B. 是啊, youth have been killed because an activity was not cancelled.

    1. Mac 说:

      I just want to reiterate what I said twice in the messagenever cancel except for safety reasons. Scouting leaders should ALWAYS abide by theGuide to Safe Scouting.Perhaps I need to write a message solely on the subject of safety to strongly support your point.

  8. I agree that no activity should be canceled except in extreme circumstances. I also agree with Chris, 然而, when he says to have a plan B — in concert with being prepared, as discussed in Mac’s previous post. Each adult leader should take the BSA’s hazardous weather training module every two years. The principles taught in the module should dictate whether to modify an event.

    It was raining heavily one Saturday morning when our troop was scheduled to go on an 11-mile hike to a mountain peak. There was no thunder or lightning and temperatures were mild, so we refused to cancel, despite parental pressure (including pressure from the bishopric).

    Several mothers refused to let their boys go, 虽然, the boys had been trained on how to handle these kinds of weather conditions. These moms were very angry with me for not canceling the event. Oddly enough, I had seen some of these same parents allow their sons to play soccer in worse conditions.

    We hiked anyway. It was wet and muddy, and the going was very slow. Those that hiked learned some important lessons about the quality of their preparations. But they were eventually singing and laughing as we hiked.

    While on the hike, the Patrol Leader Council decided that our pace was slow enough that we should hike to a closer peak in order to have a timely rendezvous at our pickup point, so we modified the event accordingly. It took serious work to clean the mud out of my vehicle after getting home.

    I noted that the boys that hiked remembered that experience and talked about it extensively over the next several years. Some of the boys that didn’t attend admitted feeling like they had been short changed.

    That hike set the tone. When everyone realized that we would never cancel an event our participation rate increased dramatically. Consistency is extremely important in running a quality Scouting program.

    1. 史坦利施 说:

      I often ask at Eagle Scout board of reviews, tell me about your most memorable Scout outing. It often begins, “It was a cold and rainy . . . ” A smile comes to me as I see the pride in the young man of having done something arduous.

      答案是肯定的, we exercise good judgement and follow The Guide to Safe Scouting. Many a good lesson is also taught in having the good sense to abort because it is wise to do so.

  9. 史坦利施 说:

    Mac is exactly correct. YM’s advisors should not schedule over Scouting activities once the calendar is approved without going to the patrol leader’s council for approval. We say it is their program then ram other activities displacing Scouting events. There just are not enough days in a year to accomplish all the Scouting events necessary to fulfill the advancement program as it is. Carefully consider calendar changes and the impact on this core program. If we say it is the activity arm, then make it so.

  10. 只是想即成 说:

    THANK YOU MAC For this Blog, and this post in particular!!!!

    I am a Scoutmaster. My SPL and I have been planning a camp out this weekend for several weeks. The focus of this camp out is to conduct ILST Training for the boys in the Troop. We selected a camp area we know well that has noimprovements,” but has a beautiful natural outdoor “课堂” under some amazing oak trees. They/We are all excited about it.

    As seems to be the LDS custom and practice, my ASMs were unexpectedly just released and I have new ASMs who are great men, but have little or no Scouting experienceand one told me less than 24 hours after being sustained thatthey called the wrong guy, I hate to camp.

    答案是肯定的, now less than a week before this camp out, the weather report shows a small chance of rain, and and I am getting huge pressure from several well-meaning Aaronic Priesthood leaders and parents to cancel the camp out andjust do the training at the church” 因为 “the boys won’t learn anything when they are cold and wet.

    我的 “谢谢” to you comes from my ability to send these well-meaning friends a link to your Blog when I explain to them why I am still taking the boys camping and going forward with the ILST training as planned. I am especially thankful I can send them the link to this one, #23! :-)

    1. Mac 说:

      The only campout I remember from my brief Scouting experience as a youth is one where it snowed five feet over night and buried our tents. We had to dig ourselves out of our tents in the morning. We also had to dig down to find the firepit and our cooking stoves. We froze our rears off, but we had a lot of fun. I can still remember how exciting it was.

      I recently heard a wonderful comment by a Scouting leader I greatly admire regarding camping ion bad weather. 他说:,

      There is no such thing as the wrong weather for camping; just the wrong clothes.

      What a great philosophy! And so true. Proper planning for the weather conditions is the difference between a fun camp in the rain or snow or a horrible experience.

  11. fjb 说:

    I can honestly say I’ve never cancelled an activity because I didn’t want to do it, or because only one of the boys showed up.

    可悲的是, though, 我有 (more than once) cancelled an activity because *none* of the boys showed up.

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