Still Scouting: Bailing or Building?

by | Jun 3, 2019

Are we bailing water on a sinking ship?


I get asked questions like this all the time as an Assistant District Commissioner and as an admin for two social media pages for Latter-day Saint Scouting leaders.


My answer, of course, is a resounding, “No!”

In May 2018, the Church stated that we would, “remain a fully engaged partner in Scouting” until Dec. 31st, 2019.

This statement has power in it. We are not bailing water, we are to continuing to build character! Building is much different than bailing.

We have been given our assignment. Our work–which will never stop–is to raise boys into amazing men.

Let’s each of us recommit ourselves to this goal by setting the example for those around us who may be floundering and who are focusing on bailing rather than building.

There are boys who need quality activities, parents who need Boards of Review to happen and boys with a Life rank that are so close to the great accomplishment of earning their Eagle Scout award.

Do we want to be that leader who turned their back on these boys in the 11th hour?

Not me! As for me and my house we will serve the Lord however and where ever he calls us to go!

During my Scouting service I have suffered both a brain tumor and two aneurysms. Even during my difficult health issues I have found joy in my Scouting service.

I will show the Lord that I can be entrusted with these souls who have value beyond earthly measure.

Who knows how long each of us has on this earth? I am glad that I have a legacy of helping youth along the trail.

I invite you to join me in building–not bailing–as Latter-day Saint Scouters in the 4th watch upon the tower!!


-Submitted by Roseanne Service
Assistant District Commissioner, Agave District, Grand Canyon Council