My eight year old son just started cub scouts this fall.?Ç¬† He’s pretty stoked and has fun going.
As a parent, I’m not impressed with what our ward offers as far as the cub scout program goes.?Ç¬† For example, this week, their activity was “Putting away the chairs in the gym from general conference”.?Ç¬† Now, if that was ever the lamest cop-out of an activity, I don’t know what is!?Ç¬† I believe they passed it off as a “Service Activity”.
?Ç¬†This got my wife and I talking.?Ç¬† My nephews are also in cub scouts.?Ç¬† They aren’t members of the church, so they go to a community group.?Ç¬† I believe they have 50+ kids going to this community cub scout group.?Ç¬† There are quite a few parent volunteers who help out.?Ç¬† They are always working on badges, skills, getting ready for camps, fund-raisers, etc… all the things I remember doing when I was eight years old and in cub scouts.
Is the difference that we’ve made cub scouts a part of the church??Ç¬† Is it because it’s a calling that it only gets done half-ass?
?Ç¬†We’re considering the idea of taking our son out of the ward sponsored cub scout program and put him in the community one.
I feel bad for our local leadership.?Ç¬† I’m going to assume that they are trying to make the church experience the best it can be.?Ç¬† But from my perspective, it is seriously lacking.?Ç¬† When you have a program being so poorly run, how do you turn that around??Ç¬† How do you create an environment where people actually want to come to church and socialize and participate??Ç¬† How do you combat the apathy??Ç¬† Or perhaps we should strip out all of the unessential programs and leave it to community groups to do what they do best?