Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Continue thou... in Scouting

"In the last days..." wrote Paul to Timothy, "...perilous times shall come." Paul then cites several characteristics of wicked men in those days, which includes being without natural affection, false accusers, and despisers of those that are good (2 Timothy 3: 1-3).

At this time, the Boy Scouts of America is under attack from those that are without natural affection. The BSA is accused of discrimination, bigotry, and intolerance by a special-interest group that seeks to undermine the divinely appointed organization of the family.

I don't believe that any change to BSA's membership policy will result in the end of Scouting as we know it. In fact, I think almost nothing at the unit level will change. However, there is a dangerous precedent if we allow an erosion of Scouting's values in a world that increasingly "calls good evil, and evil good" (2 Nephi 15:20).

So what are we to do? In the very same chapter as his warning about the last days, the Apostle Paul goes on to provide us counsel when he says "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;"  But as the BSA debates a possible policy change, I also believe that we should not be merely 'acted upon', but work to 'bring to pass much righteousness'.

Here are several suggestions of how members of the Church can proceed in this time of uncertainty:

  1. Continue to run your Scouting program with all of your 'heart, might, mind, and strength'.
  2. In your conversations with others, remain enthusiastic about the future and emphasize the positive aspects of the Scouting program as it helps to build young men of character.
  3. Voice your opinion by signing a survey such as the one at: www.SaveOurScouts.net 
  4. Communicate your belief in Scouting through your social networks.
  5. Promote positive stories about Scouting by commenting and sharing.
The Scouting program continues to be the divinely appointed program for building strong missionaries and Priesthood holders. With a 100 year legacy of Scouting in the Church, let us work together to ensure that our programs emerge from the current debate with increased strength and power to act as a positive influence in the lives of our young men.


  1. Parents can fill out an official BSA survey by using their boy's BSA number. Go to the official BSA blog (Bryan on scouting?)where he tells you how.

    1. Great point! The link to the Scouting blog is: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/03/14/voice-of-the-scout-membership-policy-survey-questions-give-scouters-parents-a-chance-to-be-heard/

  2. Excellent thoughts. Thank you!