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Beyond 2020 

 

 

Questions and Answers

  • Can we be involved in both Church and Scouting activities?
    • Of course! In fact, the Tufts study found that sports and Scouting are a powerful driver of character development in young people. Additionally, the Baylor study “Merit Beyond the Badge” showed that Eagle Scouts had a greater connection to religious community.
  • Is Family Scouting available to us?
    • Yes! Scouting has always been a family activity. In fact, Cub Scouting now of­fers separate dens for girls and boys, and Scouting-age youth will have opportunities in single-gender troops.
  • Why should I continue?
    • Since the Scouting values, character and leadership training you have come to know are now available for your entire family, Scouting can continue to prepare your child to do hard things, set goals, earn the Eagle rank, prepare for a mission and serve our nation.
  • How can I help? Can I still serve?
    • You can serve as a leader, help with training, organize a new unit. And above all, remind people that the Scouting adventure continues!

 

 

June’s conclusion of the Successful Vision 2020 training course at the Philmont Training Center:

Charles Dahlquist, former BSA National Commissioner and former Young Men General President, directed the week. “It’s important that we not let down our expectations for those still desiring to continue their Scouting Adventure—now, during the transition period, as well as after December 31, 2019,” shared Brother Dahlquist. “While many youth are working to earn their Eagle before 2020, Scouting is about the experience and the growth. We want these awards to mean something to them. There are many Star and Life Scouts in the nation.  While they didn’t make it to Eagle, they still had their lives changed through Scouting.”

“As leaders of today’s Rising Generation, it is our obligation, opportunity and blessing to continue to provide a marvelous, fun and adventure-packed, character-building experience for ALL youth—those who are working to complete their Eagle before the end of the year and those who just want a fun, adventuresome program.  That is the guidance all leaders have received from the Brethren, and we need to be aware of the need to continue to feed and strengthen the youth during this critical transition time. If we do not, we will be responsible for those youth who not only left the program, but who became inactive during our period of ‘waiting for further direction.’” 

“We need to stay fully engaged during this transition period; and, in addition, BSA is committed to providing sufficient community units for those currently in Latter-day Saint units who desire to continue their Scouting experience after the end of 2019. ”

 

Brother Dahlquist counseled, “If one little bee can pollinate a field, imagine what our efforts can do! As we anticipate the introduction of this new worldwide Church initiative for children and youth, we fully support the Brethren and especially our beloved Prophet in this movement.  Scouting teaches that a Scout should do his duty to God—and that means being active in his denomination’s youth program—whether that be Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim or Latter-day Saint.  And in the face of that new program, I feel certain that each of us and thousands of parents and Scouts will recognize that the Church initiative is not a program in competition with Scouting. There will be room for both for those who wish to continue their Scouting Adventure.”

Brother Dahlquist concluded with a three-part challenge. “It is our responsibility and blessing to ensure that current Scouts (and their families) understand their opportunity to continue their Scouting experience, that those youth AND THEIR SISTERS are invited to continue Scouting after 2019, and that there are sufficient units for those youth.”

“Our leaders have reassured us over the decades that Baden-Powell was inspired as he began the Scouting Movement—a fact that we know to be true,” he said. “That movement continues today to bless the lives of our youth across the world, including many Latter-day Saints who desire to continue Scouting after the end of the year.  Never in the history of this country have we needed Scouting more than we need it now – to help our youth learn vital life skills, develop character values, learn to do hard things and, in a word, to be prepared – for Life!   The work of strengthening the youth of the rising generation is ours – and my closing message is that we’re not alone.” 

Paraphrasing the patriot Patrick Henry he shared, “There is a just God who presides over the destiny of nations who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”  As we move forward to ensure appropriate communication to Scouting families and the founding of new Scouting units, may the God of Heaven bless our efforts and may He bless the Rising Generation, their families and their noble and dedicated leaders.”

 

BEYOND 2020

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Leaders

 

Clarifications of the “Transition Guidelines and Timeline for Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Date:  December 27, 2018) were given from Stephen W. Owen (Young Men General President) and Mark Francis (LDS-BSA Relationships Director) at the LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar- Church Office Building, April 4-6, 2019.

Below is a except from the above mentioned document.

  • Guidelines:Organizing New Units. The responsibility for inviting youth and adult leaders to continue their Scouting experience is the responsibility of BSA. BSA may approach adults who may be interested in continuing as youth leaders. Church leaders should not refer adults or recruit adults or youth.
    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is careful to respect the agency of the individual and family.
    • Any perception of a calling or assignment to assist the BSA needs to be avoided.
    • In private conversation with a representative from BSA , referencing an individual from your personal perspective is acceptable

Current Timeline

June through December 2019:

  • BSA volunteers and professionals begin registration of Church youth who desire to continue their Scouting experience after December 31, 2019. These youth will be multiple-registered in their current Church Scouting unit and in their new Scouting unit until January 1, 2020.
    • Parents and youth should be made aware of these newly formed Units options.
    • Ensure family and individual agency will not be violated.
  • Youth are encouraged to stay actively engaged in their current Church Scouting unit until December 31, 2019. Those who desire, may begin active participation on their own in their new Scouting unit starting January 1, 2020.
  • New Unit meetings and activities should never overtake with the youth’s Ward responsibilities.  

 


Subject: Frequently Asked Questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America

 

  1. Can Church leaders invite youth and adult leaders to continue in Scouting? The responsibility for inviting youth and adult leaders to continue their Scouting experience belongs to BSA. BSA may approach adults who may be interested in continuing as youth leaders. Church leaders should not refer adults or recruit adults or youth at any time; neither should Church leaders distribute materials to those who might be interested in remaining in Scouting.

The intent of this FAQ point was to maintain the agency of individuals to manage their own time and interest. Any attempt for a church leader to ask someone to volunteer of their time could infringe upon their agency through creating a feeling of expectation to commit to such.

This statement was not to limit name suggestions to BSA as to good character and potential members beyond 2020 when asked.

Still Scouting: Transition Guidelines and Timeline explanation Video

Mark Francis Charles W. Dahlquist, II (Chair, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Transition Task Force)

BEYOND 2020 - GOALS

 

ANNOUNCEMENT - New Scouting Religious Awards for Latter-day Saints and Friends 

Check out this Link for More Info

 

New Unit development goals.


The establishment of a new Unit can take at least 6-8 months to develop. Change takes time, so start now!.

Each District Key 3 should have a plan for one new Pack and at least one new Troop within the geographically each local stake boundaries.  

The already coordinated list is available here

Each new Unit is recommended to have:

Unit bylaws that will include “ pdf For the Strength of Youth ” from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a standard. https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth?lang=eng


It is recommended the Unit Key 3 Leadership initially are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the following purposes:

  • Understanding the transition from the church centered to family centered program.
  • Flexibility within scheduling due to Ward, Stake and the new Youth initiative obligations.
  • There will be no camping or event participation on Sunday.

A central contact volunteer (Champion) will be identified by the BSA District within each Church Stake geographical boundary.

Their purpose will be:

  • To interface within the LDS community on behalf of the BSA.
  • Be a "familiar face" within each stake for families wishing to continue.
  • Duration is Until a Pack and a Troop has been Chartered within each Church Stake geographical boundary.

 

Chartering Organizations Goals

Each new Unit needs a Chartering Organization that is committed to pdfFor the Strength of Youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a standard.

 

Unit Commissioners Goals

The New Unit Commissioners are key to the success of a new Unit.

Recruit a New Unit Commissioner for every new Unit created or within each Church Stake geographical boundary.

 

Communication Goals

Share the Council’s Transition Plan and Latest information by:

  • Simplify information (This webpage).
  • Emailing BSA members.
  • Developing practical and effective external communication plans.
  • This webpage.
  • A Facebook page (coming soon).
  • Visual Presence.
  • Use yard signs, banners, etc. for “Scout Me In” messaging in our communities.
  • Educate and Answer Questions.
  • Sharing the transition videos.
  • Conduct town hall meetings.

 

BEYOND 2020 - PARENTS & FAMILIES

That are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

 

ANNOUNCEMENT - New Scouting Religious Awards for Latter-day Saints and Friends 

Check out this Link for More Info

 

 Information on the new Church initiative for children and youth initiative (announced on May 8, 2018 and set to launch in 2020) can be found on the  “Worldwide Children and Youth Initiative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” page. CLICK HERE Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made the following statements, “This isn’t a divorce. It’s growth. We’re not in any way disavowing any of those virtues of Scouting. It is just the charter part that we are separating from…We are friends now and we will be friends forever. In 18 months when our charters are finished, we hope that many LDS youth who wish to do so will still choose to be in Scouting.”As families like yours organize your priorities, we wish to offer you a program that familiar with your youth and has been time tested and trusted by The Church of Jesus Christ for many years.2020 Transition- The Path Forward: The BSA and the Church of Jesus Christ

Charles Dahlquist discusses changes to the relationship between the BSA and the Church of Jesus Christ and how Scouting families will be continuing with Scouting. https://youtu.be/VaO_b2Reaes (4:00)https://www.latterdaysaintscouting.org/2020-transition/ (transcript)

Continue the Adventure - This page will provide the latest news and updates as you and your family transition to other Scouting units so you can continue the Scouting Adventure! https://www.scouting.org/pathforward/ Listen to what the Cook family has to say

 

Below is a sheet for whom to contact within your geographic Stake boundaries for a Unit with the Strength of Youth Standards.

New Units and Contact Information

District

Stake

Champion

Contact Email

Pack #

Troop #

Alpine

 Bellevue 

 Ken Fischer

 kenfischer7@gmail.com

 

 695

Alpine

 Bellevue South 

 Ken Fischer

 kenfischer7@gmail.com

 

 706

Aquila

 Seattle 

 Emily Piutau 

 emily.piutau@gmail.com

 

 

Aurora

 North Seattle 

Tysha Carter

 tyshadenae@gmail.com

 

 

Aurora

 Shoreline 

 Wesley Miles

 wesleymiles@outlook.com

 Need

 Help

Mt Tahoma

 Auburn 

 Alyshia Compton

 alyscouts@gmail.com

 331

331

Mt Tahoma

 Enumclaw 

 Bradley Roberts

 bradley@knotpuzzled.com

501

501 B,

244 G

Mt Tahoma

 Maple Valley 

 Mike Biggs

 mekook@pacbell.net

707

707

Mt Tahoma

 Kent 

 Vacant

 

 

 

Mt Tahoma

 Renton, Kent 

 Thomas Lambert

 buffaloforlife@hotmail.com

467

467

Mt Olympus

 Port Angeles 

 Mindy Linton

 mindylintonscouting@gmail.com

 

Crew

Kitsap

 Silverdale 

 Danny Hall

 info@rainycityscoutskitsap.org

 4991

1830 B, 2019 G

Kitsap

 Bremerton 

 Kurt Wiest

 kgwiest@aol.com

 

 

Northern Trails

 Kirkland 

Dave Thaler

 dthaler@microsoft.com

 612

 612

Northern Trails

 Issaquah

Dave Thaler

 dthaler@microsoft.com

 

 445

Northern Trails

 Redmond

Dave Thaler

 dthaler@microsoft.com

 604

 604

BEYOND 2020 - THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

 

ANNOUNCEMENT - New Scouting Religious Awards for Latter-day Saints and Friends 

Check out this Link for More Info

 

BEYOND 2020

Scouting in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a long and wonderful history.

As the Church transitions toward its new youth initiative, beginning in 2020, it will no longer be a chartering partner of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Church will continue to support the aims and methods of Scouting.

This is not the end of Scouting for Latter Day Saints Both youth and adults may continue the adventure as a family continuing that which the family has started.

Joining in the units chartered by Boy Scouts of America in your area allowing the adventure to continue.

Purpose of Beyond 2020:

“To commit a boy to do his best—to do his duty to God, to his country, to his fellowmen, to true principals, and to himself—is to open avenues of vision and direction for him which can be critically important in his life.

A young man who understands and is fully committed to the great principals of the Scout Law has his feet firmly planted on a path that can lead to a happy and constructive life.”

April 1977

Spencer W. Kimball

Purpose of BSA:

Boy Scouts of America Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Boy Scouts of America Vision Statement

The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

 

Reason for the Transition

 

Michael Surbaugh (Chief Scout Executive) and Charles W. Dahlquist, II (Chair, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Transition Task Force)

(https://youtu.be/VaO_b2Reaes)

Dear Scouting Families,

Thank you for your support of and involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. We recognize that for many of you, Scouting is a family tradition that spans many generations.

We are deeply grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints … This change has left some families wondering how they can participate in Scouting beyond January 1, 2020. Many are also concerned that involvement in the Church’s forthcoming youth program might preclude them from Scouting. Please rest assured that Scouting will continue to be available to all youth and families that desire to participate, and that you may do so with the Church’s blessing. 

At the 2018 National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made the following statements, “This isn’t a divorce. It’s growth. We’re not in any way disavowing any of those virtues of Scouting. It is just the charter part that we are separating from…We are friends now and we will be friends forever. In 18 months when our charters are finished, we hope that many LDS youth who wish to do so will still choose to be in Scouting.”

Plans are already in motion to establish new unit sponsors in your community in partnership with, …  Several months before the charters end, you will have the opportunity to select a new unit from among available sponsors. You will then be allowed to multiple register your son—at no charge—in both units for the balance of 2019. ….

With deepest appreciation, Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive

Charles W. Dahlquist, II, Chair, Transition Task Force

https://www.latterdaysaintscouting.org/2020-transition/