LDS Scouting Resources
Scouting in the Inland Northwest Council is full of exciting opportunities for LDS Scouts and LDS Scout leaders!
Here are a few things for LDS leaders to be aware of:
Are you a NEW Scouting leader in your ward or stake?
The LDS-BSA Relationships New Leaders resource page is a great place to start. This site gives you an overview of Scouting in your calling whether you're in a Primary, Young Mens, ward, or stake role. Learn how Scouting interfaces with your boys' age group, and what resources are available for you.
What's the first thing I should do in my new LDS Scouting calling?
The very first thing you should schedule is training. Simply put, nobody can jump into a new role without any training, and when new leaders try to do so, they almost always become frustrated. Take the easy route - let others who have been in your shoes show you how to get started with proven materials, resources, local connections and activities, and more! Visit the training page to get started.
New LDS Scouting handbook released
The Church released a new version of the 'green book,' the LDS Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States.
LDS Relationship Committee
A special committee serves Inland Northwest Council and LDS stakes within its boundaries. This committee serves stake leaders, helping share information and upcoming activities, as well as helping the council serve the sometimes unique needs of LDS stakes and wards.
Guide to Safe Scouting
One of the most important resources that ANY Scouting leader can utilize is the Guide to Safe Scouting. This contains guidelines and policies that leaders should use when planning Scouting activities. For example, did you know that paintball and lazertag are prohibited activities? Do you know how to operate a safe swimming or boating activity? These topics and many more are covered in this must-have document. Available at Scout Shops, Volunteer Service Centers, and online by clicking here.
Online Learning Center
Every LDS Scouting leader should visit the online learning center within the my.scouting.org resource center as soon as possible after receiving a Scouting calling. The first course to take online is the Fast Start Training, which gives the basics of Scouting...even important for leaders who were involved in the past and now are returning to Scouting. The online learning center offers a number of courses such as Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat courses, and the number-one must-take course, Youth Protection. You'll also find Varsity Leader Fast Start, Venturing Leader Fast Start, Boy Scout Leader Fast Start, Cub Scout Leader Fast Start, Generational Diversity, Hazardous Weather, and more.
To utilize the online learning center, you'll need your membership number (ask your district executive, or call the council registrar at 509.325.4562); as you complete courses your membership record will reflect that you have completed those trainings.
Philmont Training Center
The Philmont Training Center in New Mexico presents outstanding learning opportunities. Serving as the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America since 1950, the Philmont Training Center (PTC) provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.
Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audio-visuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. Invitation to these conferences is upon recommendation of the local council or a national committee.
Links to other LDS Scouting resources:
Please note - several of these links are not official BSA or LDS sites.
They are listed here for leaders seeking additional resources.
www.lds.org - link to Scouting page on official LDS website
www.ldsbsa.org - official LDS Relationships website
new LDS Scout leader online resources - official LDS Relationships website
www.dutytogod.com - LDS religious award (non-official)
www.lds-scouts.org - LDS Scouting (non-official)
ldsscouter blog - a non-official LDS Scouting blog
www.scouting.org - official Scouting page on Scouting in the Church