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How does the LDS split affect scouting in Utah?
2019.05.08 14:12 Reddragonking4How does the LDS split affect scouting in Utah?
Hi, so I was a very active scouter in SLC, Utah over the last decade but I was recently in college and took a year or two away from it. During that time, the LDS church decided to pull away from hosting Boy Scouts in their wards. My question what does the policy actually do? 1)are we allowed to have non-denominational scouting groups form independently that happen to meet at LDS buildings? 2)are new units allowed to form and include LDS members or will Young Men’s take priority? 3)will there be any LDS units that remain in Utah? I’m looking to start up a Venturing Unit but want to make sure I know some details first. Thanks!
2018.11.30 12:02 SpursIn8[WEEKLY SCOUTING REPORTS] Mikael Jantunen
Position: Forward Birth: 20 Apr 2000 (age 18) Height: 203cm / 6'8" Club: Helsinki Basketball Academy (FIN) Nationality: FIN Ceiling: Lauri Markkanen Mikael Jantunen is the next big prospect in Finland, the 18 years old Forward has a great potential, and he's already showing us how good he is. He's now still in High School at HBA, the place that gave us Lauri Markkanen and he will be playing next year for Utah in the NCAA. In terms of scoring, he's a very solid and efficient scorer, averaging 17 PPG on 73% inside the arc and 60% from 3 at the U18 European Championship this year.He dominated taller big mans in the paint with his sensational qualities at the rim. He also developed a decent mid-range and a good 3 pointer that makes him a complete scorer. Despite being just 6'8" he averaged 10 RPG (4.1 Off, 5.9 Def).Incredible, right? The reasons behind all those rebounds are his high IQ on both ends and his athletic body. Weighing 215 lbs, hr can jump over taller players, which makes him a great PF that can even play the Center for his team. And he's also very fast in the fastbreak, which helped him score a lot of his points in transition. A big man in this era tends to abuse his position and play as a playmaker. So if this is another part of a complete big man, Mikael defenitely has it, averaging 3.6 APG. He tends to become a playmaker when the team's guards aren't assuming this role.But unfortunately, his precision isn't that good, averaging 3.6 TO. As i said, he's a sensational two-way player, his defence is also very impressive, averaging 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks, a great help defender with a good lateral quickness and a great defensive IQ. PROS:
Undersized for a big man
Slow game pace
NBA DRAFT: He's part of the 2019 class, so we'll see him in the NCAA which is a big advantage, so now scouters can follow him with ease.His future is hard to predict, but a healthy Jantunen is at least a top 20 pick. NCAA PROJECTED STATS (PRIME): 14PTS, 8REB, 3 AST, 1.2 STL, 1.4 BLK, 2.1 TO FIBA PROFILE
2018.10.03 00:32 Derron116History's Rhyme: An Overview of the Columbian Order
Link to the previous post about History's Rhyme. Link to the next post about History's Rhyme. Translated into late 2nd Century Merick by Scribe Johan Silburus in the Prophet's Script 1753 Protected beneath the ground of two cities, the last vestage of Old World government and learning remains. The Columbian Order (also known as the Order of Merick in the Afrik Empire) is a religious order focused on protecting the knowledge of the Old World and on providing advice to the various successor realms to the old states. Residing in vast complexes beneath both the city of Bast (formerly Boston) and the trading posts in the boundary of Old Columbia (formerly Washington DC), The Order holds technologies far beyond those of the surrounding world including the Yuessbee storage device and the automatons used to mine the continent of materials only available to those who can dig deep. Origins: The Columbian Order's history is mired in myth, legend, and poor recordkeeping in the early days. It is believed that the Order's origins lie in the union of two groups of survivors of the Great Falloidation (the end of the world event), both having access to automaton technologies which they used to scout above ground, each believing in the need to keep the records of the old world alive. Cleaning the Continent: It is also believed that the Order removed the influence of the Great Falloidation from the continent. The Great Falloidation, being an event in which it is believed mushrooms sprung up around the world bringing sickness and destruction to the world, had caused many areas of the continent to be uninhabitable until the Order cleaned much of the continent up. The method by which this was achieved is unknown to all but the Inner Circle. Knowledge Grades: The Order is split up into three knowledge grades. The Outer Circle is the grade where anyone may join; members of the Outer Circle gain on-demand access to any non-classified knowledge younger than the Order's existence. The Middle Circle is the grade automatically opened to non-pureborn natives of the Order, as well as those considered too useful for the Outer Circle or unable to handle the knowledge given by the Inner Circle. Members of the Middle Circle gain on-demand access to non-classified knowledge older than the Order, including Old World maps. Finally, the Inner Circle is opened to pureborn natives (the number of which numbers in the lower dozens) and those considered worthy of the most sensitive knowledge. The Inner Circle gives access to all knowledge collected by the Order. All those demoted from the Inner Circle are under constant watch 24/7. Automatons: The amount of progress made in the more than a millennia since the Great Falloidation would not have been acheived without mining the iron and other materials beneath the earth as most metals above ground either rusted away or are hoarded by collectors. Mining deep-ores has been an important part of the rebuilding of human civilization and is made possible by the automatons operated by the Columbian Order. These soulless machines, revered by those in the Rustbelt Kingdom as avatars of Deus Machina, mine and provide valuable materials to the Kings, Emperors, and Mayors of the continent as well as help the agriculture of the Kingdom of Zion and the Lone Star Empire's sucessor states. Then there are the scouters, the little machines used to explore the continent and discover what else remains of the world. Operation of these machines is permitted to those in the Middle Circle. Leadership: The Order is led by the High Council, a group of men and women chosen from within the Inner Circle. The Hign Council oversees all operations of the Order including knowledge gathering, automaton management, and scouting of the wider world. Technology: It is unknown exactly what technologies may lie within the Order's protection, but knowledge of the Yuessbee Storage Devices, the automatons, and the Order's protection of the Merickist Republics says that whatever lies underneath the ground probably ought to stay there. The Merickist Religion: The Order is the official organization behind the Merickist religion (the worship of Old Merick leaders). Home to holy documents such as the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, the Order is the reason behind the existence of the republics that propagate this religion. Protected from invasion from the Afrik Empire, the Rustbelt Kingdom, and the various Maritime tribes, the Merickist Republics are able to vote on who may become President of Mericka, the religious head of the Merickist faith, as allowed by the Order. Advisor to the Courts of Mericka: The continent of Mericka was split into three nations: the Kinad, The Catholicos, and the Merick. The Merick were split into 50 administrative divisions. The Columbia Order sends advisors to those they view as the rulers of their divisions and names them as such. Thus, the King of Zion is also titled Governor of Utah. Due to the prestige of the Order, every realm on the continent accepts the advisors from the Order. Those that don't are usually soon replaced by regimes that do and they gain access to the knowledge of the Order.
2016.06.27 13:00 kanoth123[Translation] An interview with a data analyst about Jaylen Brown.
Hello guys. I'm a Celtics fan from South Korea. I have found an interesting interview with a data analyst "Jae Yup Kim" who worked for various organizations including NBA and Cal. Korean basketball journal, "ROOKIE", was able to have an interview with him recently, and I think this interview might be interesting for you guys. (source: http://sports.news.naver.com/basketball/news/read.nhn?oid=398&aid=0000005382 )
27 July, 2016.
Original Writer: Min Jae Lee, Rookie
Last season NCAA, a Korean data analyst shined brightly in California Berkley University. Jae Yup Kim (28, Data analyst) took an active part as an data analyst in providing valuable information about their player to coaching staff and NBA scouters. His effort did not go unnoticed when Jaylen Brown was picked by Boston Celtics by 3rd overall pick while Tyrone Wallace was picked by Utah Jazz by 60th overall. Now that his colleagues are moving on to NBA, he got lots of thing to say.
And we, Rookie, got a chance to talk with him. QnA Session.
ROOKIE: So, Jaylen brown is going to Boston! Brad Stevens is renowned for his fluid motion offense. Do you think he will be able to adjust to the system?
KIM: I think he is very happy right now. Last season, Cal operated their game plan with slow tempo, strict set plays. Brown is a guy who thinks too much, and lose focus in set play situation. He will play a lot better in free flowing game, a little bit of freedom given in loose cast. Celtics are emphasizing their style, Pace & Space, since Brad Stevens took charge, and they are top third in game pace. This is ideal situation for Brown. There was not a single player who could stop him in NCAA in transient situation. At the last game of season against USC, numerous front officer from at least 10 NBA team came to see brown play. When brown did 3.8 second coast to coast finish, everyone was looking each other, nodding their head. Frankly speaking, brown's value is a little bit flawed because he played in Cal's slow paced game. If he chose fast paced team such as North Carolina, He would have average more than 2 pts per game. So, I think he will adjust very well to Boston Celtics basketball as he is athletic and competitive. https://youtu.be/v551L3W5Mgc?t=42s
ROOKIE: What about passing and shooting?
KIM: Not a great passer, but it is true that he did lots of kick-out play when he got heavily guarded during second half of the season. The major issue with him is jump shooting, but I think he is better shooter than everyone thinks him to be, better than the statistics show him to be. His 3pt % raise from 23% to 34% in the second half of the season. His shooting is not broken. When he shoots, he does lots of back spin and draws beautiful rainbow with it. Before draft, Celtics scouters inquired about his shooting many times, and actually they were skeptical about his shooting. But after brown showed his shooting skills in work out, celtics concluded that he has potential about it. He was confident about his shooting all the time. I told him once "Brown. If you don't get 3p in work out, you are going to slip in draft." And I think it did the trick.
R: Brown has amazing slashing ability. What is so special about him?
K: He is very strong guy. He is faster and stronger man in his position. In NCAA, no one could stop him when he was in downhill. That's how he got bunch of FT. He averaged 7 FTA per 40 min, including several and-ones. So I think his penetration is going to be his weapon even in NBA as he can focus and finish through hard fouls. He got 23 and-ones last season. He's second best after Ben Simmons 25. Brandon Ingram got 14.
R: How about his defense?
K: I heard NBA teams saw his defensive potential in him. Long, fast, and strong man who could be a lock down defender in the league. I think he can defend PF in small line up teams. He is very competitive guy even in practice. The team defense... is abysmal. HAHA. Funny thing is, brown thinks too much. He is very intelligent guy. He is so intelligent that he even attended to graduate school lectures. But I think it has side effects on the floor. He thinks so much on defensive formation and ball movement that he sometimes misses his opponent. This makes his coach crazy. People say he is not focusing on defense, but I think he is focusing but just thinks too much.
R: What about his personality? I assume he is a tough guy like he plays on floor.
K: He is simple, quiet, poised guy, but he gets a little bit noisy in front of girls HAHA. He enjoys intellectual conversations. Some NBA scouts say he is different from usual pro athletes. He is special indeed. He is the only lottery pick player who did not hire agent in the draft. He requested assistance from NBA player association and elder players to study NBA contracts himself. He says he wanted to understand how things operate in NBA contract business. He even spared more than 300,000 $ by not hiring agents. He is something. You may also like to know that he is a vegetarian. He is 6-7 223lbs guy with 5% body fat. I really surprised to know he is a vegetarian. Our training coach hated this, but he did not interfere about this because brown did not have any stamina issue. He does not even look at red meats, but eats chicken breast sometimes even though he does not want to.
R: It's been long since lottery players came out from Cal. I think everyone got really excited about it.
K: They did. Everyone in Cal got hyped about brown. They were also happy about Tyrone Wallace. If Ivan Rabb committed for this draft, we would have 3 NBA players in a year. I hope he does well next season.
(R: Brown is the first lottery pick player since Shareef Abdul-Rahim in 1996. He was also 3rd pick)
R: What was the focal point of Cal basketball team? Especially on Brown?
K: The defense. I already mentioned about his abysmal team defense. Coaches though it was because of his lack of effort. Coaches are angry when the player let his match up slip free in defense, and it is not their problem. I wish brown can relax a little in NBA.
R: Some media though brown will be picked in top 5. How hyped they were about him?
K: Well, I heard Cal never had this kind of media hype. Never had this many NBA scouters coming to the school for players. I think it’s not just about brown, but also Ivan Rabb and Tyrone Wallace. Even had 30 NBA team officers at the game against Utah and Arizona. As I mentioned before, they asked about brown's shooting. And they were also interested in other things such as personality, habits, hobby, and even private life. Celtics were very interested about his intelligence, and asked about his graduate school lecture and Multilanguage.
R: I think he was a leader in Cal. How about his leadership?
K: He seemed to be a little bit odd at first. He was top class high school prospect, and had special personalities. He even had rumor about Adidas personal sponsorship. He was very high profile guy, so I thought he may not blend well with other players. But he did have a leadership. Before every game, players gather together and hype themselves up. For example, Cavs will gather up and LBJ give strong pregame speech, and they say something like 1,2,3 CAVS! You may think brown did that for Cal, even though he was a freshman. I thought he was a quiet boy, but he knows how to lead people.
R: Brown did not play well in the second half of the season. What was the reason?
K: He did not play well in last month including tournaments. It did harm his value in the draft. Various NBA teams including Celtics inquired about the reason. I personally think it was because of the match against Arizona at may 3rd. The whole Arizona players were flopping whenever brown tried to slash. Brown is strong guy, and loves to move in straight line. Arizona was trying to get offensive foul calls. He actually did 3 offensive fouls in a game. After that day, brown did not try to penetrate as he did before. He cared too much about offensive foul calls to try brute penetration again. I told you before. He thinks too much. HAHA. Before Arizona game, brown averaged 15.8 pts and 2.9 fouls per game in 29 matches. But after Arizona game, he averaged 7.8 pts and 4 fouls per game in last 5 matches. FG% dropped from 46% to 21%. This is not a normal number. I think Sean Miller, the head coach of Arizona, did very good job about him. So, whenever NBA teams requested scouting report for brown, I did not forget to mention this 'Sean Miller Effects". I don't know how Celtics thought about this, but I'm happy with the result.
R: I head you and brown are close friends. Is there any funny story you want to share?
K: I was not happy about his streaky FT%s. So I had my time looking at him, and I found his FT routines are constantly changing. Like, one day he dribbles ball three times and breathe before shooting, and another day he dribbles two times and then shoots. I told him about this to him. Like, “How can you shoot constant FT when your routines are not constant?” I think this might have been very annoying for him. He's already a basketball star, but what am I to tell him about free throw routine? But the thing is, he did try to change his free throw routine. And did got slightly better at FT. Slightly.
I feel he says it best, here is the text of his speech Dr. Robert M. Gates National Annual Business Meeting Remarks May 21, 2015 GOOD MORNING. IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU HERE TODAY. THE INDISPENSABLE HEART OF THE BOY SCOUTS IS ITS VOLUNTEERS. IT’S PEOPLE LIKE YOU. SO THANK YOU FOR COMING. FIRST THINGS FIRST. THIS WILL BE OUR CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE’S LAST ANNUAL MEETING. WAYNE BROCK WILL RETIRE ON OCTOBER 1 AFTER 43 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND 3 YEARS AS CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE. WAYNE, EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH SCOUTING – FROM THE NEWEST TIGER CUB TO THE OLDEST LIVING EAGLE SCOUT AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN -- IS IN YOUR DEBT. YOU HAVE LED OUR MOVEMENT IN A CHALLENGING TIME AND YOU HAVE DONE SO EVERYDAY WITH COURAGE, GRACE, INTEGRITY AND GOOD HUMOR. YOU HAVE BEEN 1 UNFAILINGLY DEDICATED TO OUR MISSION. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE FOR SCOUTING, YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND VISION FOR SCOUTING’S FUTURE. AND OF COURSE, I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MIKE SURBAUGH, WHO WILL SUCCEED WAYNE ON OCTOBER 1 AS CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE. MIKE EMERGED AS OUR LEADER THROUGH AN EXTREMELY THOROUGH SELECTION PROCESS, IN WHICH – FOR THE FIRST TIME – WE REACHED OUT TO SCOUT EXECUTIVES IN ALL OUR NEARLY 280 COUNCILS AND THE STAFF OF THE NATIONAL SERVICE CENTER FOR RECOMMENDATIONS AND TO IDENTIFY THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR MOVEMENT. I PERSONALLY AM DELIGHTED WITH MIKE’S SELECTION, AND I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT ALL OF YOU WILL BE TOO AFTER YOU GET TO KNOW HIM. IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY I PROMISED LAST YEAR, I ALSO WANT TO INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE TAKEN A NEW APPROACH TO OUR COMPENSATION AND TENURE 2 ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE NEW CHIEF. WE HAVE CUT THE CHIEF’S BASE PAY BY 20% WITH A POTENTIAL BONUS OF ABOUT 10% FOR PERFORMANCE. MIKE WILL ALSO HAVE A FIVE YEAR TERM, WITH THE POTENTIAL TO EXTEND IT AT TWO YEAR INTERVALS. OVER THE PAST YEAR I’VE BEEN VISITING COUNCILS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MY GOAL HAS BEEN TO LEARN FIRST-HAND HOW WE’RE DOING. I’M HAPPY TO TELL YOU THAT THIS HAS LEFT ME GENUINELY ENCOURAGED AND ENTHUSIASTIC. FROM WHAT I’VE SEEN, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT WE HAVE THE TALENT TO DELIVER THE FUN, VALUES-BASED, CHARACTER- BUILDING, LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCES THAT SCOUTING OFFERS. WE DO, HOWEVER, FACE CONTINUING CHALLENGES, ESPECIALLY WITH THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF SOME OF OUR COUNCILS AND WITH MEMBERSHIP GROWTH. I KNOW THAT’S NOT A SURPRISE. WHEN I SPOKE AT THIS MEETING A 3 YEAR AGO, I OUTLINED FOUR PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES. THOSE PRIORITIES WERE TRANSPARENCY, MARKETING, RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT, AND INNOVATION. SO THIS MORNING I WANT TO REPORT BRIEFLY ON OUR PROGRESS IN ADDRESSING THESE SUBJECTS. FIRST, TRANSPARENCY AND FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING COUNCILS AND UNITS. VOLUNTEERS – AND COUNCIL PROFESSIONALS ALIKE – NATIONWIDE NEED TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF OUR OPERATIONS, AND NEED TO KNOW THAT THE NATIONAL SERVICE CENTER IS THERE TO HELP THEM. THAT’S WHY DURING THE PAST YEAR WE RENAMED OUR NATIONAL OFFICE AS THE NATIONAL SERVICE CENTER. THIS WAS NOT JUST A SYMBOLIC GESTURE OR A PLAN TO ENRICH THE SIGN COMPANY; WE INTENDED TO SEND THE MESSAGE THAT THIS ORGANIZATION IS NOT DRIVEN BY DALLAS. IT IS LED BY LOCAL COUNCILS AND LOCAL 4 VOLUNTEERS AND PROFESSIONALS. OUR MISSION IS DELIVERED BY HUNDREDS OF COUNCILS, 93,000 LOCAL UNITS, PROFESSIONAL SCOUTERS IN OUR COUNCILS AND A MILLION VOLUNTEERS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. THE TALENTED AND DEDICATED STAFF IN DALLAS PROVIDES NEEDED POLICY GUIDANCE, TRAINING PROGRAM TOOLS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND ENABLERS FOR COUNCILS, UNITS, LOCAL VOLUNTEERS AND PROFESSIONALS. THUS, THE NEW NAME IS INTENDED TO REMIND US ALL OF THE NATIONAL OFFICE’S PRIMARY FUNCTION. WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE MISSION OF SCOUTING IS ACCOMPLISHED ON THE FRONT LINES – BY DEN AND PACK LEADERS AND SCOUTMASTERS. WE’VE ALSO BEGUN PROMOTING GREATER TRANSPARENCY THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS AND BY LAUNCHING NEW TOOLS LIKE SCOUTING WIRE. EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS TOLD US THEY NEED A ONE-STOP SHOP 5 FOR SCOUTING TOOLS AND INFORMATION. SCOUTING WIRE IS SUCH A TOOL. FINALLY IN REGARD TO TRANSPARENCY, WE BEGAN MORE OPEN AND FORTHRIGHT DISCUSSIONS ABOUT BSA’S FINANCIAL DECISIONS. THOSE INCLUDE OUR DECISIONS TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE SUMMIT BECHTEL FAMILY NATIONAL SCOUT RESERVE AND TO PROVIDE MORE INVOLVEMENT IN THE BUDGET PROCESS. THE SECOND PRIORITY I CITED LAST YEAR WAS MARKETING. ONE OF THE POINTS I MADE WAS THAT WE WERE FAR MORE LIKELY TO SUCCEED IN THIS AREA BY EMPHASIZING LOCAL MEDIA AND STAKEHOLDERS THAN BY PROMOTING THE BOY SCOUT STORY AT A NATIONAL LEVEL. SO I’M GLAD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE SUPPORTED OUR COUNCILS THIS PAST YEAR WITH ADVICE, TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO HELP THEM OPTIMIZE THEIR SCOUTING STORY WITH LOCAL MEDIA AND STAKEHOLDERS. IT’S A 6 GOOD START, BUT WE’LL BUILD ON THIS EFFORT IN THE YEAR AHEAD. WE DID, HOWEVER, FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL WITH THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW RECRUITING CAMPAIGN, “BUILD AN ADVENTURE”. THIS IS AN AGGRESSIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT OUR THIRD PRIORITY: RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION. “BUILD AN ADVENTURE” FOCUSES HEAVILY ON OUR CUB SCOUT PROGRAM. IT STRESSES HOW SCOUTING GIVES PARENTS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR BOYS, INSTEAD OF JUST WATCHING THEM GROW FROM THE SIDELINES. AND IT GIVES THE BOYS THEMSELVES WHAT THEY WANT FOR THEIR FIRST SCOUTING ADVENTURES, SO THEY’LL REMAIN IN SCOUTING. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I HAVE PASSIONATELY SUPPORTED THE TROOPS IN THE FIELD. AND IN SCOUTING, THAT CONTINUES. TO THAT END, WE’RE REDOUBLING OUR 7 EFFORTS TO GIVE OUR UNIT LEADERS THE TOOLS, TRAINING AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO DELIVER WHAT KIDS WANT. IN A FEW MINUTES WAYNE WILL SHARE DETAILS WITH YOU ABOUT THE BSA’S ACQUISITION OF SCOUTBOOK. THIS WEB APPLICATION WILL GIVE YOU TOOLS THAT ARE HELPFUL TO BOTH SCOUTS AND UNIT LEADERS. AGAIN, WE ARE WORKING TO EASE THE BURDEN ON OUR UNIT LEVEL VOLUNTEERS. WE’RE DOING LOTS OF OTHER THINGS IN THE AREA OF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION THAT ALSO NEED TO BE MENTIONED. FOR EXAMPLE, WE’RE WORKING ON NEW WAYS TO BRING SCOUTING TO UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGH SUSTAINABLE SCOUTREACH INITIATIVES. THIS IS A PERSONAL PRIORITY FOR ME. IT IS VITAL THAT BSA OFFER BOYS AND YOUNG MEN FROM DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THROUGH SCOUTING A WORLD THEY MIGHT OTHERWISE NEVER SEE. 8 TO OFFER THEM OPPORTUNITIES AND A FUTURE THEY MIGHT NEVER OTHERWISE HAVE. QUALITY DELIVERY OF CORE SCOUTING PROGRAMS IS PARAMOUNT TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SCOUTREACH EFFORTS. AND WHILE WE HAVE A BIG GAP TO FILL, SOME COUNCILS ARE DOING IT RIGHT. AMONG THEM ARE ATLANTA, DALLAS AND HOUSTON. THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF HAS CHARGED THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC PERFORMANCE, LED BY SAM THOMPSON, TO WORK WITH THESE COUNCILS AND TO FURTHER DEVELOP PROGRAMS THAT ALLOW COUNCILS TO SUCCESSFULLY SERVE ALL YOUTH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. SAM’S TEAM WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING RESOURCES AND MEASURING SUCCESS. AND I HAVE ASKED HIM TO PREPARE A REPORT TO BE SENT TO ALL COUNCILS HIGHLIGHTING PROGRAMS AND APPROACHES THAT HAVE PROVEN SUCCESSFUL IN CERTAIN COUNCILS AS WELL AS THOSE THAT HAVE NOT WORKED – ALL SO COUNCILS CAN ADOPT 9 AND ADAPT STRATEGIES THAT WE KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE WILL BE EFFECTIVE. I’M ALSO PLEASED THAT RALPH DE LA VEGA WILL BE GIVING VOLUNTEER OVERSIGHT TO THIS EFFORT. RALPH IS A HUGE CHAMPION OF SCOUTING’S EFFORTS TO REACH OUT TO UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. AND, IN AN EFFORT TO FURTHER ADVANCE OUR WORK IN THIS AREA, WE’LL SOON ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF A CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER. ON THE SUBJECT OF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, WE NEED TO LOOK TO OUR OWN LEADERSHIP RANKS – SPECIFICALLY, SCOUTING’S NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, THE ORDER OF THE ARROW – AS A WAY OF PROVIDING MENTORS TO YOUNG PEOPLE. THE ORDER OF THE ARROW WILL SOON BE TAKING ITS SCOUTING STORY ON THE ROAD THROUGH THE “ARROW TOUR” – A YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY. IN AUGUST, MORE THAN 10 15,000 ARROWMEN WILL GATHER TO CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY AT NOAC. AS A FELLOW ARROWMAN, I HOPE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THEIR JOURNEY. THE FOURTH PRIORITY I MENTIONED LAST YEAR IS INNOVATION. A WILLINGNESS – AN ENTHUSIASM – TO MAKE PROGRAM CHANGES THAT STRENGTHEN OUR MOVEMENT. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS IS THE FURTHER ENRICHMENT OF STEM ACTIVITIES IN OUR CORE PROGRAMS AND THE LAUNCH OF A MUCH LARGER PILOT PROGRAM FOR STEM SCOUTS, BUILDING ON THREE YEARS OF WORK. STEM SCOUTS OFFERS NEW SCOUTING ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. WE GOT OFF TO A GREAT START WITH THIS PROGRAM IN KNOXVILLE. KIDS WHO HAD PASSED UP OUR NORMAL RECRUITING OUTREACH WERE EAGER TO SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE OF STEM SCOUTS. SO NOW WE’RE EXPANDING THE PILOT PROGRAM TO 12 MORE COUNCILS. 11 FINALLY, LET ME ADDRESS MEMBERSHIP POLICY. I TOLD YOU A YEAR AGO THAT I WOULD OPPOSE RE- OPENING THIS ISSUE DURING MY TWO-YEAR TERM AS PRESIDENT OF THE BSA. I HAD HOPED THEN FOR A RESPITE DURING WHICH WE COULD FOCUS ON HEALING OUR DIVISIONS FROM THE 2013 DECISION, IMPROVING OUR PROGRAM, STRENGTHENING OUR FINANCES AND ENDING OUR DECLINE IN MEMBERSHIP. HOWEVER, EVENTS DURING THE PAST YEAR HAVE CONFRONTED US WITH URGENT CHALLENGES I DID NOT FORESEE AND WHICH WE CANNOT IGNORE. WE CANNOT IGNORE GROWING INTERNAL CHALLENGES TO OUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP POLICY, FROM SOME COUNCILS – LIKE THE GREATER NEW YORK COUNCIL, THE DENVER AREA COUNCIL, AND OTHERS – IN OPEN DEFIANCE OF THE POLICY, TO MORE AND MORE COUNCILS TAKING A POSITION 12 IN THEIR MISSION STATEMENTS AND PUBLIC DOCUMENTS CONTRARY TO NATIONAL POLICY. NOR CAN WE IGNORE THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND JURIDICIAL CHANGES TAKING PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY – CHANGES TAKING PLACE AT A PACE OVER THIS PAST YEAR NO ONE ANTICIPATED. I REMIND YOU OF THE RECENT DEBATES WE HAVE SEEN IN PLACES LIKE INDIANA AND ARKANSAS OVER DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NOT TO MENTION THE IMPENDING U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION THIS SUMMER ON GAY MARRIAGE. I AM NOT ASKING THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR ANY ACTION TO CHANGE OUR CURRENT POLICY AT THIS MEETING. BUT I MUST SPEAK AS PLAINLY AND BLUNTLY TO YOU AS I SPOKE TO PRESIDENTS WHEN I WAS DIRECTOR OF CIA AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. WE MUST DEAL WITH THE WORLD AS IT IS, NOT AS WE MIGHT WISH IT TO BE. THE 13 STATUS QUO IN OUR MOVEMENT’S MEMBERSHIP STANDARDS CANNOT BE SUSTAINED. WE CAN EXPECT MORE COUNCILS TO OPENLY CHALLENGE THE CURRENT POLICY. WHILE TECHNICALLY WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REVOKE THEIR CHARTERS, SUCH AN ACTION WOULD DENY THE LIFELONG BENEFITS OF SCOUTING TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BOYS AND YOUNG MEN TODAY AND VASTLY MORE IN THE FUTURE. I WILL NOT TAKE THAT PATH. MOREOVER, DOZENS OF STATES – FROM NEW YORK TO UTAH – ARE PASSING LAWS THAT PROTECT EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION. THUS, BETWEEN INTERNAL CHALLENGES AND POTENTIAL LEGAL CONFLICTS, THE BSA FINDS ITSELF IN AN UNSUSTAINABLE POSITION. A POSITION THAT MAKES US VULNERABLE TO THE POSSIBILITY THE COURTS SIMPLY WILL ORDER US AT SOME POINT TO CHANGE OUR MEMBERSHIP POLICY. WE 14 MUST ALL UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PROBABLY WILL HAPPEN SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. IN 2010, A FEDERAL DISTRICT JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA OVERTURNED THE MILITARY’S DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL LAW AND THE REVERSAL WAS APPLIED NATIONWIDE IMMEDIATELY. ONLY A STAY GRANTED BY THE APPEALS COURT – GRANTED, I BELIEVE, MAINLY BECAUSE WE WERE IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING THE LAW – PREVENTED DRAMATIC DISRUPTION IN THE ARMED FORCES. WE CANNOT PREDICT IF OR WHEN THIS MIGHT HAPPEN TO US, BUT I PERSONALLY BELIEVE OUR LEGAL DEFENSES HAVE WEAKENED SINCE THE DALE CASE. AND IF WE WAIT FOR THE COURTS TO ACT, WE COULD END UP WITH A BROAD RULING THAT COULD FORBID ANY KIND OF MEMBERSHIP STANDARD, INCLUDING OUR FOUNDATIONAL BELIEF IN OUR DUTY TO GOD AND OUR FOCUS ON SERVING 15 THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF BOYS. WAITING FOR THE COURTS IS A GAMBLE WITH HUGE STAKES. ALTERNATIVELY, WE CAN MOVE AT SOME FUTURE DATE – BUT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER – TO SEIZE CONTROL OF OUR OWN FUTURE, SET OUR OWN COURSE AND CHANGE OUR POLICY IN ORDER TO ALLOW CHARTER PARTNERS – UNIT SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS – TO DETERMINE THE STANDARDS FOR THEIR SCOUT LEADERS. SUCH AN APPROACH WOULD ALLOW ALL CHURCHES, WHICH SPONSOR SOME 70% OF OUR SCOUT UNITS, TO ESTABLISH LEADERSHIP STANDARDS CONSISTENT WITH THEIR FAITH. WE MUST, AT ALL COSTS, PRESERVE THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OF OUR CHURCH PARTNERS TO DO THIS. OUR OATH CALLS UPON US TO DO OUR DUTY TO GOD AND OUR COUNTRY. THE COUNTRY IS CHANGING AND WE ARE INCREASINGLY AT ODDS WITH THE LEGAL LANDSCAPE 16 AT BOTH THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS. AND, AS A MOVEMENT, WE FIND OURSELVES WITH A POLICY MORE THAN A FEW OF OUR CHURCH SPONSORS REJECT – THUS PLACING SCOUTING BETWEEN A BOY AND HIS CHURCH. THE CHALLENGES ARE BEFORE US NOW. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD AND OUR LEGAL COUNSEL WILL WORK TO DETERMINE OUR RESPONSES AND OUR BEST STRATEGY. WE WANT AND VALUE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ALL THIS, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR CORE VALUES. THE ONE THING WE CANNOT DO IS PUT OUR HEADS IN THE SAND AND PRETEND THIS CHALLENGE WILL GO AWAY OR ABATE. QUITE THE OPPOSITE IS HAPPENING. I KNOW MY REMARKS ON THIS SUBJECT UNSETTLE MANY OF YOU. SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE ANGRY THAT I RAISE THIS SUBJECT AND WITH WHAT I HAVE SAID. BUT 17 THIS MOVEMENT SHAPED MY LIFE AND MY ONLY PURPOSE – MY ONLY REASON FOR ASSUMING THIS LEADERSHIP ROLE – IS TO PRESERVE THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IN RECOGNITION OF ALL IT HAS DONE FOR THIS COUNTRY, AND ALL IT CAN AND MUST DO IN THE FUTURE. SCOUTING IS NEEDED IN THIS COUNTRY NOW MORE THAN EVER. I ASSURE YOU THAT I HAVE NO HIDDEN AGENDA. I WANT ONLY TO APPRISE YOU OF THE NEW REALITY I SEE: THAT BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL EVENTS AND PRESSURES OVER THE PAST YEAR AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WILL REQUIRE ACTION AT SOME POINT. FOR NOW, I ASK THAT, IN THE DAYS AND MONTHS AHEAD, EVERYONE HERE REFLECT AND PRAY ON OUR PATH FORWARD. WE CAN ACT ON OUR OWN OR WE CAN BE FORCED TO ACT BUT, EITHER WAY, I SUSPECT WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME. 18 FOR ME, I SUPPORT A POLICY THAT ACCEPTS AND RESPECTS OUR DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND BELIEFS, ALLOWS RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS – BASED ON FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM – TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN STANDARDS FOR ADULT LEADERS, AND PRESERVES THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA NOW AND FOREVER. I TRULY FEAR THAT ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE WILL BE THE END OF US AS A NATIONAL MOVEMENT. EVERY DAY, IN EVERY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA, SCOUTING IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF BOYS AND YOUNG MEN – TEACHING THEM SKILLS AND LEADERSHIP, HELPING THEM BUILD CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY. EVERY DAY, IN EVERY COMMUNITY, SCOUTING MAKES THOSE COMMUNITIES BETTER PLACES TO LIVE. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 105 YEARS. I AM CONFIDENT WE WILL DO SO FOR ANOTHER 105 YEARS AS LONG AS WE STAND 19 TOGETHER, UNITED IN OUR SINGULAR MISSION TO SERVE AMERICAN YOUTH. I AM HONORED TO WORK WITH ALL OF YOU TO GIVE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THE WISDOM, DIRECTION AND CONFIDENCE TO BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE. THANK YOU. 20
2014.10.30 19:19 BoyScout76LDS Church "Scouting" is broken
I'm a 35 year old scoutmaster in an LDS sponsored scout troop in Utah county. As a youth scout I earned the rank of Eagle and went to multiple summer camps, but in a unit that was not sponsored by the LDS Church. I understand the philosophical reasons behind why the LDS church does scouting, and how, in theory, it should work with the Aaronic Priesthood program. So why doesn't it work? The first problem I see with LDS scouting is that all of the adult scout leaders are "called". Scout leaders should be volunteers. The only way the program works is if the adults actually want to be there. I get that callings should come by inspiration, but be honest, many are given out just to give someone something to do. I've gone through multiple assistant scoutmasters in my unit because I keep going back to the bishopric and have to tell them that so-and-so just doesn't want to be there and won't do what's required for that position. With a volunteer scouter though, they seek out what they need to do, they ask how they can help, and they get the training they need. They're doing it because they actually want to. LDS scout leaders do what barely gets them by and let's them not feel too guilty about not fulfilling their callings. Our stake YM president reported a while back that our entire stake is roughly 95% "untrained" when it comes to scouting leaders, across all scout units (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing). Far too many LDS scout leaders view that being set apart in their calling is enough. They don't realize the leadership training they need and the supplemental training they need to continue getting via Roundtable. Another problem is money. Being an adult scout leader costs money. Uniforms to buy, handbooks to get, trainings to attend, etc. These costs are expected to be paid by each individual, not by the church. This is a problem I have in that most people in these positions are there because their bishop met with them in his office and extended a "calling" to be a scout leader. How many other callings require someone to go out and spend money on supplies in order to be considered to be "fulfilling their calling"? The church handbook specifically states that church funds should NOT be used to supply uniforms. Another problem is that the scout committee DOESN'T DO ANYTHING. I'd say it's just my unit with the problem, but I've lived in a half dozen wards in the last 15 years and have been involved in scouting in some way for at least 10 years, and it's pretty much the same everywhere I've been. I'm sure there are some gleaming examples of how things should be done out there in other wards, but for the most part, I think those are the exception rather than the rule. In units I've been in, the bishoprics like to use the scout committee as a catch-all calling to give to less active members to give them something to do. Another problem I have is the babysitter mentality that so many parents and leaders have towards scouting. They view it as someplace to drop their kids off one night a week, and then they take no interest in the program whatsoever. They want their boys to be in scouting, but they don't care about the program or want to help or volunteer in any way. Leaders don't try to run a scouting program, but instead just come up with something to entertain a bunch of teenagers for an hour once a week. That is such a disconnect between how I grew up in scouting. Our scout committee had a good 7-8 members that were actively involved with the scouts, mentoring different scouts in their role in the troop. My scout troop went to summer camp with 8 scouts and we had 6 fathers join us on the week long camp. In an LDS unit, it's like pulling teeth to get a minimum of 2 adults, let alone fathers, to be able to go to a week long summer camp. How can this be fixed? My biggest suggestion would be that church leaders start talking about scouting. Because scouting is mostly only done in the United States, you don't hear much about it at General Conference. Those messages are meant for the worldwide church membership. On a local level though, Area Authorities, Stake Presidents, & Bishops need to start talking about scouting and the important role it plays in the Aaronic Priesthood program. They need to stop using scouting as a place to put less active members in callings. Maybe actually ask your ward if anyone is interested in being involved in scouting and then PUT THEM THERE. Also, separate the callings of being a scout leader from being a quorum adviser. The boys already see enough of me as a scout leader. They don't need me there in their Sunday meetings as well. Maybe have the quorum adviser be someone on the scout committee, someone that can see the boys each week, can still join campout activities, but then it's not the same 2 leaders ALL the time with the boys. Another idea would be to do away with each ward chartering a scout unit, but instead have larger scout units chartered at either a stake level or building level (typically 3 wards per building). I can't imagine how lame it would be for a boy to be in a ward where he was the only deacon age boy and was in a scout troop by himself, when his friends down the road are in a ward with 15+ deacons and a huge scout troop. I'm interested if others have ideas on how things can be improved, but I think there's a systemic problem in LDS Scouting that needs to be addressed to pull the majority of scout units out of mediocrity. There is a huge potential for scouting to have a positive impact on LDS young men, but that potential is being wasted away through disinterested and ignorant leadership.
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