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    • His New Scout Patrol that he was the PL of wanted him to run for SPL. He got enough of the votes that he got it. All things considered, he did a very good job. One of the older Scouts, one he looked up and actually beat,  later said he was the best SPL the troop had had up to that point.   Sadly that is the hardest thing for some adults. We have had challenges with adults taking over and it has negated all of the progress we were making a few years back. The Patrol Method is messy, time consuming, aggravating at times, and frustrating at others. BUT IT WORKS! (emphasis)
    • @The Latin Scot, coed scouting does not a prima facia repudiate complementary of the sexes. Let's face it. Segregated scouting has done nothing to keep the complementarian position popular. But your point should be respected. BSA is not providing the tools LDS thinks it needs.
    • The only real requirement to be a SPL is: you are a registered Scout in good standing, and the boys elect you. Bam. If the boys pick a kid, that's their choice. He may be 11, he may be a Tenderfoot, he may have awful attendance - makes no difference. The boys pick who they pick, and soon enough they will learn what makes a good leader or not. And they can always oust a leader and choose a new one whenever they feel a change is needed!  The most important thing is to trust the boys and not interfere. Let them handle it on their own; after all, it's their troop!
    • I am afraid this is not an accurate understanding of our relationship with the BSA. We did not adopt Scouting as a matter of convenience; in fact, implementing it took a great deal of effort, and meant cancelling a youth program we already had in place.  The need for a unified global program is only one part of the reason for our exit. The other very much is the fact that the BSA is making a broad statement with its recent policy changes - the statement that boys and girls learn in the same way, and that one program can adequately meet the needs of both with no need to differentiate between the sexes. This fundamental ideology, that boys and girls should just share the same program, is a complete turn-around from the roots of Scouting, which was a program specifically tailored to the needs of boys. It also goes against what we believe in the Church - that men and women are fundamentally different, that both serve complimentary but distinct roles in the family and in society, and that our gender is an eternal part of our divine identity. The new BSA ideology no longer matches those beliefs, and so it would be inappropriate for the Church to be associated with a program that now has a distinctly different worldview. This is not a matter of convenience. It's a matter of principle. We can still support and serve and encourage one another's growth, but we cannot share the same ties that we could when our core beliefs were the same. Had the BSA stuck to its original values, there would not have been such a need for us to take a stand like this.
    • @Popcorn06, welcome to the forums. Although troops can stipulate age/rank requirements for youth leaders, there is no national recommendation. Part of the fun of being SM/ASM is working with the boy who the troop elects and helping him become a better leader/manager over the course of his term. (FYI, there is no national recommendation for term limits or frequency of elections.) A lot of this has to do with the SM/ASM's comfort level. Some of us have had so many challenges with different boys, that we've come to realize that age comes with both advantages and disadvantages. A young scout with lots of enthusiasm and dedication can be a productive SPL.
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