作为委员会主席, 最近，我遇到了一个童子军谁告诉我他准备提交他的鹰级童子军的应用程序，并希望一些帮助. 我问他叫什么“责任的立场”是他的单位，他看着我就像一个“在头灯的鹿。”不幸的是，我, 这些年来, this has not been an uncommon experience. What is our attitude toward the requirement for the ranks of Star, 生活, and Eagle that a Scout must fulfill one of the specified “positions of responsibility?”
“‘Serve actively in your unit for a period of … months in one or more … positions of responsibility’ is an accomplishment every candidate for Star, 生活, or Eagle must achieve.” 进步的指南 2017, 18.104.22.168. “The position must be listed in the position of responsibility requirement shown in the most current edition of Boy Scout Requirements.” Id., 22.214.171.124.1.
I have often heard Scouters and other adults discussing the need to make sure every Scout has one of the specified “positions of responsibility” as if it was to be achieved by some perfunctory assignment. Some even refer to it as a “waiting period.” Not only does this attitude raise questions about whether the Scout has met the requirements for advancement, it suggests a missed opportunity for the Scout for personal growth and development.
The “对上帝的责任” pamphlet observes that the Lord has commanded, “Let every man learn his duty, 和在他负责的办事处采取行动, 在所有的尽职调查" (D&C 107:99). Could learning and fulfilling a position of responsibility help prepare a Scout to learn his duty in the priesthood? Could it help prepare him to make and keep sacred covenants?
Elder Holland taught us that covenant keeping is “the heart and soul of our purpose in mortality.” (“Keeping Covenants: A Message for Those Who Will Serve a Mission,” Jeffrey R. 荷兰, 新时代, 扬. 2012, p. 2) In the gospel, “Helping children (侦察兵) 理解, make, and keep sacred covenants is another key in creating a sin-resistant generation” (A Sin-Resistant Generation,” Joy D. 琼斯, 海军少尉, 5 月 2017, p. 89). Can we as Scouters help our Scouts see a connection between fulfilling a position of responsibility and doing our duty to God and making and keeping sacred covenants? What better way to help a young man prepare to serve a mission?
When we assign a position of responsibility just to check off the box, we not only deprive the Scout of an opportunity to grow, but we are not following the program. “When a Scout assumes a position of responsibility, something related to the desired results must happen. It is a disservice to the Scout and to the troop to reward work that has not been done.” 部队领导指南, 卷 1, 页 99.
What is a “position of responsibility”? That depends on the position. Some of the responsibilities of a “Patrol Leader” are as follows:
- “Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
- Assign each patrol member a specific duty.
- Represent your patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
- Prepare the patrol to participate in all troop activities.
- Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
- Know the abilities of each patrol member.”
When we teach a Scout how to fulfill a position of responsibility, we help him work toward almost every one of the purposes of the Aaronic priesthood. He becomes converted, learns how to fulfill priesthood responsibilities, gives service, prepares for the temple and to receive the Melchizedek priesthood, serve an honorable mission, gain education and he prepares to be a worthy father and husband. If we do not have high expectations of our Scouts with respect to their positions of responsibility, we are depriving them of some of the greatest opportunities for growth they can experience in Scouting and in their years as a youth.
Fulfilling a position of responsibility is simply learning to serve others. “To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves,” President Thomas S. Monson teaches. “No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy.” “主席森: 服务带来欢乐.” Not a flighty feeling that comes from pursuing selfish pleasures but a deep and lasting joy.
The “Genius of Scouting” is that when Scouts are doing fun things they enjoy with their friends and learning new skills, they are more easily motivated to serve each other. What might be viewed as a chore can be turned into an opportunity to serve the “team.” Scouts who might not otherwise take to a new assignment or responsibility are more open to service when it helps them “have fun with their friends.” In the process, they learn to find true joy in serving others.
 For Star and Life ranks: Patrol leader, 助理高级巡逻队队长, 资深巡逻队队长, 指导部队, 箭队代表的顺序, 书房首席, 抄写员, 图书管理员, 历史学家, 军需, 司号员, 初级助理童子军团长, 牧师助手, 讲师, 网站管理员, 或室外道德指南 (or carry out a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project to help the troop). Eagle requirements are the same as above, 然而, bugler is not an approved position of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank; 同样, a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project cannot be used in lieu of serving in a position of responsibility. 童子军等级要求, 页 11-13.
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