The Boy Scout organization has always been important to me because it had such an impact on my life when I was scout aged. That is why I have been so disappointed in the scout unit I am currently working with where there seems to be so little vision to be found among most of the parents and youth in the unit. Because I was harboring those feelings of frustration I was very excited to read what Scott had to say about Mediocre LDS Scouting. That helped me to see that I was not alone in my frustration and gave me some more perspective on the true nature of the problem.
My father-in-law has been deeply involved in scouting for his entire adult life and is also widely respected in the field of education and training. I was excited when he talked at dinner tonight of a project that he has been asked to work on with the scouts. Apparently the professional scouters in multiple scout councils in northern Utah are also aware of and dissatisfied with the mediocrity that is often perpetuated in local scout units. Once again that gave me hope that this cultural problem of doing too much and doing it poorly – getting all the outward appearance with awards etc. without actually promoting the core values and skills of the program – is not being ignored by the scouting leaders.