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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009 8AM – 5PM
Learn How to Better Serve the Young Men
Invited and encouraged to attend are Stake Presidencies, Stake High Councilors assigned to the Young Men or Primary Organizations, Stake Young Men Presidencies, Stake Primary Presidencies, Bishoprics, Ward Young Men Presidencies, Ward Scout/Varsity/Venturing Leaders, Ward Primary Presidencies, 11-Year-Old Scout Leaders, Cub Scout Leaders, Ward Committee Chairs.
Scouting uniforms are encouraged, but church attire is acceptable. Lunch will not be provided, but "brown bag" lunching together at the Beaverton Stake Center is encouraged.
Larry M. Gibson
First Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency
The Goal of Little Philmont
Each year the Young Men General Presidency holds a week-long course at the BSA advanced leadership facility at Philmont, New Mexico. The primary goal is to teach Stake Presidencies various approaches to integrate the elements of the BSA and Church programs into a cohesive experience for the young men and older primary-age boys they serve.
In this model, BSA programs and activities, Duty-to-God elements, priesthood activities and instruction are not separate programs to administer. Instead, each is an element of the overall Aaronic Priesthood program. In short, “It's All Priesthood.”
The Stake Presidencies are asked to bring this instruction back to their local organizations so the Ward and Stake priesthood and primary leaders can build strong programs that are appropriate for the different age groups of young men and boys. For our area, seven Stake Presidencies are combining their efforts to present a Little Philmont to our local leaders of young men, eleven-year-old and cub scouts.
The day is comprised of a series of courses in the morning, tailored to each age group. In the afternoon all will join to receive instruction from President Larry M. Gibson, First Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency. The age-specific morning courses will be held in four different buildings to accommodate the number of attendees and still have reasonable class sizes to encourage discussion. These buildings are in the Beaverton area to facilitate all of us traveling to the Beaverton Stake Center for the afternoon instruction by President Gibson.