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Worldwide Initiative for Children and Youth– DISCUSSION!

By Michelle Lehnardt

For me, the texts started pouring in on Tuesday evening– “Have you heard?” “Wow!” “What do you think the new program will look like?” I’m sure most of you had similar experiences as the church announced they are eliminating Scouting, Faith in God for Girls and Boys, Activity Days for Girls and Boys, Personal Progress, …

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Scouting towards Personal Progress

By Michelle Lehnardt

It’s become a joke at my house. Whenever someone brings up the Young Women’s program and Personal Progress, all my children turn toward me and say, “Does Mom LOVE Personal Progress?” And I get a little giddy, feel a grin spread across my face and can’t help but skip across the room because I LOVE …

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Reevaluating Scouting

By Michelle Lehnardt

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When my fifth son was a tiny newborn we ventured downtown. Everywhere I went those days, people counted my little boys, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5!” and offered a variety of comments both kind and cutting. But I’ll never forget the lady who counted the boys, asked, “Are you LDS?” and on my affirmation exclaimed, “Oh no! All those Eagle projects!”

I laughed, but didn’t understand her words until several years later. It should be noted: I love and adore mothering my five boys. I would have happily taken a sixth– but the paperwork! Oh! The paperwork of Eagle projects.

Boy Scouts possesses it’s merits. I love the principles of service, love of the outdoors, faith and personal responsibility. My sons have had incredible leaders; men and women of character who taught/teach them real skills and values. But it’s also a program marred by huge expenses, bureaucracy and questionable ‘skills.’

I’m thrilled to hear of the church’s resolution to reevaluate our relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. Our leaders are insightful men and women, if they choose to leave the BSA, I know our church can create something so much better.

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