At halftime of the football game on Saturday, the marching band honored the Somethingth anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, playing Sousa’s Boy Scout anthem and standing in a fleur-de-lis formation (if I’m not mistaken, the fleur-de-lis is also the symbol of murderers or adulterers or something; at least that’s what The Three Musketeers taught me).
During the ceremony, I was thinking about how extensively the LDS church supports the Boys Scouts; nearly all the young men of the Church are members of a Church-sponsored troop (at least in America). I looked it up and LDS Scouts represent about 15% of the entire membership of the Boy Scouts of America, with more than 400,000 total LDS Scouts spread across 36,700 troops.
What crossed my mind, though, is what would happen if the Church decided to back an entirely different organization for the next Something years. What if, for example, all young men joined the Amateur Bowlers of America, or the Competitive Kite-Flying Coalition, or the Pre-Adolescent Ping-Pong Players, or best yet, the Medieval Reenactment Guild (a la the Quill & the Sword). I really think we’re missing the opportunity to proclaim Mormon dominance in a really niche sports.
Suggestions on what could replace Scouting?