In May 2014, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) released the updated version of the Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States, sometimes referred to as the “Green Book.” The Green Book explains how the Scouting program is implemented within the tenets of the Church.
This release of the Green Book contained a significant change from the previous version. The new version stated that the stake presidents should provide commissioner service for the units served by the Primary. The Primary serves Cub Scouts and 11-year-old Boy Scouts. This change will result in a significant increase in the number of commissioners nationwide. To support these new commissioners, David Beck, Young Men general president, approached the national commissioner support staff at the National Annual Meeting and asked for updated training for these new commissioners.
In response to this request, Larry Gibson, first counselor in the Young Men General Presidency, Mark Francis, a Scouting professional and LDS liaison on the National Alliances Team, and Tim Acree, national commissioner service training chair, have begun work on developing a series of learning modules. The content of the modules will be developed by this team with the help of additional volunteers from the Church. This content will then be transformed into self-paced learning modules with the help of Steve Yackel and the development team within Scouting U. The modules should be available after Jan. 1, 2015.
If you would like to learn more about the LDS Church and its relationship with the BSA, please see http://www.ldsbsa.org/. Click here for information about a conference on this topic to be held in Salt Lake City Oct. 2–4.