侦察员领导的部队博客 #7: “责任重大的岗位” – 福是诅咒?

比尔 · 查普曼

作为委员会主席, 最近,我遇到了一个童子军谁告诉我他准备提交他的鹰级童子军的应用程序,并希望一些帮助. 我问他叫什么“责任的立场”是他的单位,他看着我就像一个“在头灯的鹿。”不幸的是,我, 这些年来, this has not been an uncommon experience. What is our attitude toward the requirement for the ranks of Star, 生活, and Eagle that a Scout must fulfill one of the specified “positions of responsibility?”

“‘Serve actively in your unit for a period of … months in one or more … positions of responsibility’ is an accomplishment every candidate for Star, 生活, or Eagle must achieve.” 进步的指南 2017, 4.2.3.4. “The position must be listed in the position of responsibility requirement shown in the most current edition of Boy Scout Requirements.” Id., 4.2.3.4.1.[1]

I have often heard Scouters and other adults discussing the need to make sure every Scout has one of the specified “positions of responsibility” as if it was to be achieved by some perfunctory assignment. Some even refer to it as a “waiting period.” Not only does this attitude raise questions about whether the Scout has met the requirements for advancement, it suggests a missed opportunity for the Scout for personal growth and development.

The “对上帝的责任” pamphlet observes that the Lord has commanded, “Let every man learn his duty, 和在他负责的办事处采取行动, 在所有的尽职调查" (D&C 107:99). Could learning and fulfilling a position of responsibility help prepare a Scout to learn his duty in the priesthood? Could it help prepare him to make and keep sacred covenants?

Elder Holland taught us that covenant keeping is “the heart and soul of our purpose in mortality.” (“Keeping Covenants: A Message for Those Who Will Serve a Mission,” Jeffrey R. 荷兰, 新时代, 扬. 2012, p. 2) In the gospel, “Helping children (侦察兵) 理解, make, and keep sacred covenants is another key in creating a sin-resistant generation” (A Sin-Resistant Generation,” Joy D. 琼斯, 海军少尉, 5 月 2017, p. 89). Can we as Scouters help our Scouts see a connection between fulfilling a position of responsibility and doing our duty to God and making and keeping sacred covenants? What better way to help a young man prepare to serve a mission?

When we assign a position of responsibility just to check off the box, we not only deprive the Scout of an opportunity to grow, but we are not following the program. “When a Scout assumes a position of responsibility, something related to the desired results must happen. It is a disservice to the Scout and to the troop to reward work that has not been done.” 部队领导指南, 卷 1, 页 99.

What is a “position of responsibility”? That depends on the position. Some of the responsibilities of aPatrol Leader” are as follows:

  • “Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Assign each patrol member a specific duty.
  • Represent your patrol at all patrol leaderscouncil meetings and the annual program planning conference.
  • Prepare the patrol to participate in all troop activities.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Know the abilities of each patrol member.”

 

When we teach a Scout how to fulfill a position of responsibility, we help him work toward almost every one of the purposes of the Aaronic priesthood. He becomes converted, learns how to fulfill priesthood responsibilities, gives service, prepares for the temple and to receive the Melchizedek priesthood, serve an honorable mission, gain education and he prepares to be a worthy father and husband. If we do not have high expectations of our Scouts with respect to their positions of responsibility, we are depriving them of some of the greatest opportunities for growth they can experience in Scouting and in their years as a youth.

Fulfilling a position of responsibility is simply learning to serve others. “To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves,” President Thomas S. Monson teaches. “No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy.” “主席森: 服务带来欢乐.” Not a flighty feeling that comes from pursuing selfish pleasures but a deep and lasting joy.

The “Genius of Scouting” is that when Scouts are doing fun things they enjoy with their friends and learning new skills, they are more easily motivated to serve each other. What might be viewed as a chore can be turned into an opportunity to serve the “team.” Scouts who might not otherwise take to a new assignment or responsibility are more open to service when it helps them “have fun with their friends.” In the process, they learn to find true joy in serving others.

[1] For Star and Life ranks: Patrol leader, 助理高级巡逻队队长, 资深巡逻队队长, 指导部队, 箭队代表的顺序, 书房首席, 抄写员, 图书管理员, 历史学家, 军需, 司号员, 初级助理童子军团长, 牧师助手, 讲师, 网站管理员, 或室外道德指南 (or carry out a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project to help the troop). Eagle requirements are the same as above, 然而, bugler is not an approved position of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank; 同样, a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project cannot be used in lieu of serving in a position of responsibility. 童子军等级要求, 页 11-13.

 

-比尔·查普曼住在圣克莱门特, 加利福尼亚州, and loves to surf, 试运转, 背包, 营地, 做户外什么, 看着年轻人通过侦察计划实现亚伦祭司的目的. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.

 

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  1. Nat 说:

    Such a good reminder of what the whole point of scouting is.
    I think it would be helpful to watch the individual Scout’s interests and strengths and help bring about the opportunity of responsibility based on that criteria.

    1. Nat, good perspective when we train our SPL and patrol leaders when they nominate Scouts for positions of responsibility. 在美国的教会单位侦察手册, 修订后的五月 2015, §5.2. https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/english/young-men/35814_scout-handbook_eng.pdf?lang=eng

  2. S. 奥尔雷德 说:

    Good article. I wish you would have addressed the difference between troop leadership positions and quorum positions. Being deacons quorum secretary is not listed as an acceptable troop leadership position. I often hear that the scout has served in the quorum. Not the troop. We need to teach and apply the correct positions as defined by guide to advancement.

    1. 布莱恩 · 说:

      I would think church callings and troop positions are completely different.

      SPL and PL are elected by the troop and then they chose who serves in the other positions in the troop.

    2. Good suggestion. I will put that on my list for future blog posts. Helping young men understand the concept of being responsible for certain duties and for the well-being of others is an important part of both Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood. But there are differences and this is a good idea. Thanks for your input.

  3. J. 米克·埃珀森 说:

    Scouter Bill has written a wonderful overview of why the church adopted Scouting as the ACTIVITY ARM of the Aaronic Priesthood. 在过去的 100 year the Prophets have given we leaders in YM and Scouting (whoops. Aren’t they kinda the same?) the vision of building YM to serve, prepare and be the future. Make a goal today to have your Priest Quorum 1st Assist.,Teachers Qourum Pres. and Deacons Quorum Pres. make responsibility assignments. 现在做. Tomorrow might be to late for even one boy.

  4. 布莱恩 · 说:

    条例草案,

    Could you or someone else possibly write a blog post about dealing with very small troops of 2-5 男孩?

    谢谢.

    1. Another good suggestion, 布莱恩 ·. I will put this on my list. You are not the only one to ask and it is a very common question in LDS Scouting. Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing your insights.

    2. James Taylor 说:

      As long as I have been part of Scouting in the Church I’ve heard that question. Every time I wonder why the answer in the Handbook of instruction, the supplement “在美国的教会单位侦察手册”.

      That is:
      If a ward or branch has only one or two 11-yearold boys, the objective for them is the same—to prepare them to receive the Aaronic Priesthood and help them advance through the Boy Scout program. Possible approaches to administering the program in this circumstance include, but are not limited to, the following:
      1. Increase the size of the patrol through activation and missionary efforts.
      2. Use the Lone Scout Program from the BSA.
      3. Combine with neighboring wards or branches after considering distance, expense, and time demands that this option might impose on the families involved.

      Remembering that Scouting is teaching through *doing*, what better Missionary practice is there than inviting involvement from youth in the community? In lieu of this great option, combining unit to provide the leadership and teaching opportunities to the youth, to prepare them for service in their own Quorums, Ward and Stake leadership seems desirable.

      Too frequently none of those options are employed, and a classroom experience is given, rather than encouraging and teaching responsibility and activity. Outright fabrications fill the gap between what the youth has done, and what is required for advancement.

      The program changes for the older youth are an explicit recognition that this adult behavior doesn’t teach good principles to young men, or model service, 艰苦的工作, or ethical behavior by Priesthood holders. It also explains the declining numbers of YM involved in Missionary serviceand the increasing reliance on the Young Women for Missionary service.

      1. James, excellent thoughts and points! Thanks for reading and responding to this post. You have given us a very valuable reminder of a resource that will answer many of our questions, the Church’s “童子军手册,” available online for free here: https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/english/young-men/35814_scout-handbook_eng.pdf?lang=eng.

        If we train our young men to be in charge and give them real responsibility through the patrol method, they will get excited, invite their friends and their friends will want to become a part of it. I have seen this many times over. As our founder, Baden-Powell has said, It such a proven method that it works because “[我]t cannot help itself!” Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Founder of the Boy Scout Movement, Aids to Scoutmastership, A Guidebook for Scoutmasters On The Theory of Scout Training (London : Herbert Jenkins Ltd., 1919), p. 22.

  5. 在教会里, the SPL isnominated by the bishopric and sustained by the quorum members. For scouting purposes, 这构成了大选…侦察单位的其他青年领袖由仲裁主席提名, 批准的主教, 由仲裁委员持续。” 在美国的教会单位侦察手册, 修订后的五月 2015, §5.2.

  6. Steve 伯 说:

    What does a position of responsibility look like in practice for a 14-18 year old young man who wants to advance in scouting? The Church stated that young men who want to advance to Eagle are stillencouragedto do so, but now the adults in the YM organization have got to figure out how that happens in practice.

    After Dec 31 this year, there are no more scouting positions of responsibility for teacher/priest age young men in LDS wards because Varsity and Venturing will not be chartered, so a teacher/priest age young man will need to have a position of responsibility that would normally be filled by a deacon age boy. Not that there are many young men in this age group who still want to advance (because they’re typically more interested in sports, girls and jobs), but those young men who do want to advance now place an increased burden upon the Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster/Adult advisers in the Deacon’s Quorum, a burden the former Varsity Coach and/or Venturing Crew Adviser will no longer need to shoulder, 因为, they don’t do “侦察” 再.

    In addition to monthly Roundtable, monthly camp outs, a week-long summer camp, PLC, 等. (none of which the adult advisers over the teachers/priests need to worry about after Dec 31) the scoutmaster now needs to find a position of responsibility that fits for that young man, and help himdo his dutyfor the time period required. In practice it seems that to reallyfollow the programand have a trueposition of responsibilityas you indicate, the teacher/priest age boy needs to perform his duty by interacting with the deacon age scout troop leadership. Does the teacher/priest age boy perform his duty during weekly scouting activities or monthly camp outsthus taking him away from his own teacher/priest quorum activities that may happen at the same time? Is it possible that the same boy would need to choose between going on the week long summer camp with the scouts to fulfill his position of responsibility by truly following the advancement program, instead of going with his own quorum on their non-scouting activities?

    I hope that those young men who are truly interested and motivated to advance in scouting to attain the rank of Eagle will find the right way to meet the requirements, but I fear that in practice, what will happen in the shadow of untrained adults, is what has happened in the past in the Church, the box forposition of responsibilityis checked because they are the teachers quorum president or 1st assistant to the Bishop, 等。, and they move on.

    1. Steve, great comment, and great questions. I wish I had all the answers, but we are still waiting, with you, for some guidance from the Church on these questions. For now, I would suggest we look at the Guide to Advancement 2017, 4.2.3.4.3 Meeting Unit Expectations, which says the following: “If a unit has established expectations for positions of responsibility, and if, within reason (see the note under “Rank Requirements Overview,” 4.2.3.0), based on his personal skill set, the Scout meets them, he fulflls the requirement. When a Scout assumes
      a position, something related to the desired results must happen. It is a disservice to the Scout and to the unit to reward work that has not been done. 持有头寸,无所事事, 不产生结果, 是不可接受的.
      Some degree of responsibility must be practiced, 采取, 或接受。” Although all of the approved POS are in the troop, we will need to see what that looks like after Dec. 31. There also may be some changes or adaptations from the BSA going forward. I am sure that’s why the announcement was made now to give everyone some time to sort these things out and adjust. We will keep you posted if we hear anything else on this.

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