LDS Scouting Resources
Scouting in Cascade Pacific 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 Men, ward, or stake role. Learn how Scouting interfaces with your boys' age group, and what resources are available for you as a new leader.
First Things First: What should do in my new LDS Scouting calling?
The very first thing you should schedule is training. Simply put, nobody can be successfuly by jumping into a new role without training - it always leads to frustration. 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! Get started here with basic training for Cub Scout Leaders and Boy Scout Leaders
LDS Scouting Handbook
The LDS Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States is a good reference for LDS Scouting leaders to understand how the Church and Scouting interacts.
LDS Winter Lodge Opportunities
Be sure to get your Scouts out to one of the winter lodges this winter for outstanding winter fun! Cub Scouts go as a pack, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturers can go together on the same day. All require a reservation. There's even a special LDS Venturing event that will take place over a Friday/Saturday in February.
For information on the lodges, including how to register, please visit www.cpcbsa.org/winterlodge.
Guide to Safe Scouting
One of the most important resources that ANY Scouting leader can utilize is the Guide to Safe Scouting, which contains guidelines and policies for use in 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 myscouting.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 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 503.226.3423); as you complete courses your membership record will reflect that you have completed those trainings.
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
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