About a year ago, I resigned as Scoutmaster of my local Troop where I had served as SM for about 4 years. The politics of the Troop were grating on me, but more importantly some changes were forming in my life that required greater focus and attention on work and family and eventually resulted in a very positive career change and a cross-country move for me and my family.
Now that the dust is starting to settle, I've once again been conscripted to work in the Scouting program. This time in our new local unit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) as the 11-year-old Scouting Leader.
Scouting for 11-year-old boys in LDS Troops is quite different from non LDS Troops. It's a critical age in a young man's character development so our Church handles them very conscientiously to safeguard them and give them as solid foundation in Scouting and as they prepare to turn 12 and to be ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood.
I feel honored and overwhelmed with this new responsibility, and look forward to the opportunity and challenge of helping these young men begin their path to manhood and start the Scouting program.
I'll be posting here with much more regularity now, with new tales to tell and hopefully to get your suggestions and feedback about how to make this new era of Scouting a rewarding and growing experience for me and these new Scouts I'll be meeting next week.