Every Bible-based, true-teaching church could charter a Pack (Cub Scouts) and a Troop (Boy Scouts), actively recruit in their local neighborhoods, and include Scouting as part of their Youth Ministry.
An excellent suggestion. Many long-established troops are sponsored by churches, but sometimes when the key leaders move away or get burned out the troop just dwindles. There is always a need for "fresh troops" to continue expanding and extending Scouting's influence.
If you know of a troop near you, why not ask around and offer your help? Or if you are in a church that does not host a troop, talk to the people at the area Boy Scout council about how to get organized. The Council will provide all the training and support you need to get a group of adults organized as a committee that will oversee the new troop.
And, by the way, while Boy Scouts have a high percentage of male leaders, female leaders are also welcomed -- both for Cubs and Scouts.
I have tears in my eyes just thinking about some of the opportunities for encouraging young teens and building their confidence and leadership skills that I have experienced over the past few years as an Assistant Scoutmaster. (Last night I helped two 16-year-olds look at the requirements for their next rank advancement and plot out a plan for accomplishing them -- and I often think how I longed for that kind of personal "I know you can do it" encouragement when I was that age).
Scouting ties boys with men, other boys, authentic manly virtues, service, reverence and the earth. I suspect that 'with men' part sounds bad to many people these days, an indication of the success of new-age male bashers.
posted on 10/17/2006 8:18:55 AM PDT
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