BSA has a new online “innovation engine”. You can post your ideas on how to improve the organization, read, rate and even comment on other people’s ideas. I love it. Here’s the link
Seriously. BSA starts an official Twitter Feed today. That’s exciting.
Twitter is pretty neat. In it’s simplest form, it means if you “follow” the BSA feed, anytime they have anything they feel is interesting they will text message you. But it also means you can talk back to BSA, and all others who are following their feed simly by replying to their tweet. Depending on how BSA uses it, they tweet out questions to get instant feedback from those following their tweets (presumably Scouters). You can monitor Twitter on the web, but most have tweets routed to their cell phone.
The first BSA tweet is:
Have you heard? NBC Nightly News interviews Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca about our Hispanic initiative on March 3. Tune in!
So, your city has lots of near naked women everywhere for a few days a year, how do you handle it with your Young Men? That’s what leaders in Brazil are faced with when Carnival Mardis Gras celebration breaks out.
Well if the Misplaced Americans blog is accurate they have come up with a brilliant solution — schedule summer camp for that week and ship the boys out to country. The post is sobering about some of the problems those youth face (maybe a little TMI about the family problems they face, as it could be embarrassing to the boys, even if only by association) but it puts the problems the boys in your ward have in perspective.
In a ward I was in last month a young Deacon froze up while passing the Sacrament. He just got a bit turned around and lost his bearings. A good brother stood up and helped him, but it was a good reminder of how scary it can be for some of our young men participate in ordinances, especially when it is their first time.
Over at Small and Simple blog there is a great story of a new Priest’s nervousness over Blessing the Sacrament for the first time. The story has a punchline which I won’t spoil, but you can learn a lesson about getting too comfortable and not spending the time necessary to get Young Men ready to participate in ordinances.
Ever since I read that Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles attended President Obama’s Inauguration I wondered where they were actually sitting. In all politics proximity to the top dog is critical, I wondered just how much clout the Church has in Washington (although my Brother points out they were likely guests of “W”, not necessarily “O”).
Over at Life on Golden Plates they have a cool post playing “find the Apostles” with a large format photo of the entire capital steps during the inauguration. You can zoom in and see pretty much every face on the steps.
If you don’t have the patience to play, click here to see the answer.