This is pretty much my take on it as well. The church needs fewer "programs" and not more. I'm down with all of this. My sons did Scouts, two of them are Eagles. Some of their involvement was with troops outside the church however. The problem with Scouting, aside from the social issues in the US, is that it's not for every kid and outside the US it's not as readily available or even the same thing. If we're trying to be a truly global church, and we are whether we want to be or not, there needs to be tings that can work anywhere.Arrakeen wrote: ↑17 Jul 2019, 14:39I never really liked the achievement-focused approach in young mens, so I never even bothered with Duty to God. It just seemed like a checklist to get done and get an award. Scouting on the other hand was fun because a lot of our activities were focused on having a good time, and the achievements weren't the only goal. I hope they take a more activity-focused approach to learning for the new program and don't use it as just another opportunity for indoctrination and checking boxes.
That said and in relation to this thread in general, there's this (emphasis added):
To me, that sounds like a program likely not all that different from Duty to God, etc. I think differences may be that the programs ("initiative") may not be as gender specific and may allow for more flexibility on the local level.“This is going to be an exciting, wonderful enhancement to everything we have done before,” said Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “This new initiative is not only going to point them all to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it’s going to give opportunities for large gatherings and personal development through goals and achievement of goals.”
The above quote came from the first article here: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/you ... h?lang=eng