Mormon Scouting & the Young Womanhood Way
My dad is currently at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in
For a while, before he had training, he just went along as best he could. After he got some training from the local Council, he began to see some flaws in the way things were being done in the Ward Troop. He started to change those things... being less lax about the wearing of uniforms, more strict on how merit badges were completed, less playing basketball and more working towards goals. He was met with resistance.
About this time, my brother was working through the program. He was 12 or 13. With my parents' guidance (and the guidance was considerable) he submitted his eagle project for review days before he turned 14. After this, his interest in scouting became nil. My dad was released from his calling as scoutmaster shortly thereafter.
My dad, however, didn't give it up. He began working within the "Order of the Arrow" organization and moved upwards in the scouting organization. He has received several area awards and 2 national awards in scouting.
This is really just my way of saying... I know what I'm talking about when it comes to the Boy Scouts in the
First... I have to say that it is different than it is outside of the church. Boys are "made" to go because that's their youth activity, whereas boys attending outside of the church are more likely to be attending by their own volition. It is also different because the adults in charge outside of the LDS church are usually better trained and stay in the job longer than those in the church because they volunteer.
Secondly... Because of these things, I think the commitment level of all involved is lower than outside of the church. Because of this, "Mormon Scouting" is often looked down on by those outside of the church. Case in point--Far far fewer scouters in the LDS church have their Eagles than those in troops that aren't LDS.
Third... Sometimes to rectify that situation, people are actually called to be Eagle Scout specialists to help get some kids to the Eagle Scout level. (Only saying it because it happened in my ward and the results--scouts having work done for them--made my dad pretty upset).
Because of this, I have to respect the Young Women's program in the church quite a bit. I received all of the awards possible and my
It took me 5.5 years to complete my Young Womanhood Recognition and my brother only took 2 years to get his Eagle? How can that be equal? We went to the same number of meetings and did a similar amount of work in the end... but mine took 3.5 years longer.
That just doesn't seem fair. I also completed 6 years of Girls' Camp requirements.
I think they should combine recognition and do a super-award for the girls who do 6 years of camp requirements AND get the Young Womanhood Recognition. Maybe then it would be fair?
Oh yeah... it still only takes the guys 2 years to do it. Never mind... it's never going to be fair.