One of the interesting things about Scouting in the LDS Church is that the leaders don't (usually) volunteer. They are called. That is, they are asked by an inspired leader to accept the responsibility. That also means that most Scouters don't retire. They are eventually (and often this comes too soon) released from their calling. Most are then called to serve in a different capacity.
I knew it would happen to me one day, but I wasn't expecting it yet. For the last four and a half years I've been in the Venturing program, first as the Advisor, then as the Associate Advisor and Young Mens President. While I haven't actually been released yet, I just got a new calling that will require my release from the young men.
I have been asked to be the second counselor in our ward Bishopric. While we haven't worked out all the details yet, I expect I will become our Charted Organization Representative. So I'll still be involved with Scouting, but in a completely different way. I'll also oversee the Deacon's quorum (Boy Scouts), so I may get involved there to a degree.
It will be quite a change for me. I will miss the close association I've
had with the older youth in my ward. It has been a great blessing in my
life and one I would gladly do again. Of course, until we find someone to replace me as Young Mens President, I'll still be involved in the Venturing program.
It will also mean changes for this blog. I don't yet know what those changes will be--I'll just have to see what happens. I don't expect I'll stop blogging about Scouts, but it may slow down as my focus changes to my responsibilities in the Bishopric.
When I first started this blog it was mostly as a place I could vent my frustrations and share my successes and ideas. I had hoped that something in my experience would be of use to someone else. In that sense, I think this effort has been worth it. Thanks to all who have followed and commented on my ramblings. Thanks, too, to the other Scouters I've been able to follow and learn from.