斯科特的兄弟会博客 #16: 你可以帮助那些希望继续侦察男孩

斯科特瑞琪

“这是如何变化会影响您的组织?”大人侦察者问我. By “your organization” he meant the 箭头的顺序. I have lost count of the number of times this question has been posed to me in some form since the First Presidency announced on May 11, 2017 that the Church will no longer sponsor Varsity and Venturing programs effective January 1, 2018. Cub Scout and Boy Scout units will continue to be sponsored.

The OA is a nationwide Scouting organization that operates independently of sponsoring organizations. So regardless of the Church’s Scouting policies, the Order will continue to work to fulfill its purpose to:

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
  • 促进野营, 负责户外探险, and environmental stewardship.
  • 培养领导者与意愿, 精神, 并推进其单位的活动能力, 我们的兄弟, 侦察, and ultimately the nation.
  • 结晶成领导在开朗服务他人的生活目的的乐于助人的童军习惯.

(箭头手册的顺序. 2015 教育署. 美国男童子军, 8)

 

The Scouter’s question, 答案是肯定的, related to how the Church’s policy change would affect my OA chapter and lodge, where most youth members are currently registered with a Varsity Scout team or Venturing crew sponsored by a Latter-day Saint ward.

First Presidency letter specifies that boys older than traditional LDS Scouting age who are seeking the Eagle Scout rank should be registered as Scouts. Many LDS OA youth are already Eagle Scouts. I hope that they too will be allowed to be registered as Scouts, since OA membership is only valid when one is registered with a Scouting unit. I will encourage the youth in my chapter to work with their local Scoutmaster and chartered organization representative (usually a counselor in the bishopric) to ensure that they are registered with their Scout troop each year.

Over my decades in the Order of the Arrow, I have seen the OA act as a refuge for boys 14 and older who still find an interest in Scouting and its ideals. Not every youth falls into this group, but many outstanding Latter-day Saint boys do. Even with the Church’s policy change, the OA can continue to provide a Scouting refuge for interested young men.

At our Scout district’s recent round table meeting, a member of a stake presidency gave some wise counsel. Noting that human nature is to assume we know what is coming next, he admonished the Church and Scouting leaders present to avoid second guessing the First Presidency, and to valiantly fulfill their callings until other authorized direction is given. That means that Latter-day Saint Scouts will continue to be eligible for and join the Order of the Arrow.

For some insights into why Scouts who hold the Aaronic Priesthood should join the OA and how OA membership can benefit the Church, I invite you to peruse my past blog posts. I also invite you to consider which Aaronic Priesthood holders might wish to continue their Scouting endeavors after they turn 14 and provide opportunities for these young men to become members of the OA. Speaking from many years of experience, it’s a great place for them to be and to become.

 

要思考的问题

  • Did you know that the OA provides great opportunities for boys who want to continue Scouting?
  • What will you do to help the Scout-minded boys you serve?

 

-斯科特瑞琪已自八岁以来一直积极在收购. 他曾在许多青年和成人的球探职位及以上四个几十年来一直勋章箭头. 他和他的妻子提高他们的家庭在北奥格登, 犹他州. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.

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  1. 丹尼斯·弗里曼 说:

    Thanks for getting this important message out, 斯科特 ·. I would only add that manytraditionalunits would welcome scouts from LDS wards. 312 just promoted one to Eagle!

  2. Jay Cooke 说:

    Want to understand. I assume a Scout over age 14 who is still
    Active in his troop will be allowed to remain active. Very ordinary here that boys stay active in the troop until 16 或 17 and never join Venturing.
    Is that correct?

  3. 斯科特 ·, thanks for addressing some of the questions that are being posed as LDS Scouters and Scouts try to understand what these changes mean. One thing for sure is that the principles that made Scouting great, including the OA, are not going away. We will have to be flexible and follow the direction of our leaders and the Spirit.

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