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LDS CHURCH ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT ACTIVITY PROGRAMS BEGINNING 2020

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40 minutes ago, gblotter said:

Obviously, I do not speak for the Church. I speak only for myself as an LDS Scoutmaster when I refer to my uneasiness and discord with BSA's leftward lurches.

"I have felt increasing discord ..."

"My uneasiness grows ..."

The problem is that claims of "leftward lurches" doesn't explain the abandonment of Personal Progress or Activity Days, which are also falling by the wayside.

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1 hour ago, LVAllen said:

The problem is that claims of "leftward lurches" doesn't explain the abandonment of Personal Progress or Activity Days, which are also falling by the wayside.

I have no knowledge about what may or may not be happening with Personal Progress or Activity Days.

It does seem that the Church is generally moving away from awards as a motivation and more towards personal development. The key phrase I remember is that activity programs will be focused on meeting needs, not satisfying requirements.

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2 hours ago, gblotter said:

I have no knowledge about what may or may not be happening with Personal Progress or Activity Days.

It does seem that the Church is generally moving away from awards as a motivation and more towards personal development. The key phrase I remember is that activity programs will be focused on meeting needs, not satisfying requirements.

Follow the link that began this thread. It's right at the top of the page.

"New approach to replace all existing activity programs for girls and boys, young women and young men beginning in January 2020."

The boys' activity program within the US (Cub Scouts) and without (Activity Days) - Gone.
The girls' activity program (Activity Days) - Gone.
Faith in God (religious program for both boys and girls) - Gone.
The Young Men activity program inside the US and Canada (Scouting) - Gone.
Duty to God - Gone.
The Young Women activity program (Personal Progress) - Gone.

And if your activity programs (Scouting or otherwise) were ever focused on satisfying requirements, you were doing it wrong. You wouldn't be doing it unusually wrong, sad to say, but wrong nonetheless. The fact that you would suggest (and I would heartily agree) that some wards focused on checking off boxes only underscores my point about the church being unable to deliver a NAS program using the same people who were unable or unwilling to deliver the previous program, even with the available support.

 

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Wow! A lot of differing opinions here, even among the LDS community! Let me just say, as an 8th generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that my family has never found occasion to worry or complain about the decisions of our church's leadership. I am 100% certain that the new programs will be effective, powerful, and wonderful - as long as the members who implement it share that optimism. So yeah, some units won't be able to pull it off, some will struggle, some will complain - but it won't be the fault of the programs. It will be their own fault for not coming into it with the right mindset, with the right attitude - with the right heart. But for those who really, really put their heart, might, mind and strength into it, I am certain beyond the possibility of doubt that the new programs will be MARVELOUS.

Kind of like with Scouting. ;)

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