George Albert Smith Award

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The George Albert Smith Award is given to scouts and scouters of all faiths by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint at the U.S. National Jamboree. Below are given the requirements and some thoughts on its possible implementation in international scouting. 

There are separate requirements when this award is given at world jamborees or other international scouting events. These are changes to requirements 2 and 3 below where the BSA merit badge system would not be in place. The changes are as follows:


2. Print out a pedigree chart for yourself and your family at the LDS exhibit.

3. Watch a short video on records storage and place a pin on a world map where you are from.

George Albert Smith Award Requirements (US)

To earn the George Albert Smith Award, complete the following two requirements and three items from the list of electives while at the jamboree.

Requirements

  1. Read “Lesson from a Scouter”, which is included on this card. With your troop.or one of your leaders, discuss two things you learned about President George Albert Smith From this story.

  2. Talk with your leader about how your experiences at the jamboree will help you prepare to serve a full-titre mission.
    (Note: If you are not a Latter–day Saint, you may skip this requirement and complete five electives instead of three.

Electives (complete at least three)

  1. Visit the LDS chartered organisation exhibit, and have this application signed by either an LDS chaplain, a member of the Young Men general presidency, or someone serving in the LDS chartered organisation exhibit.

  2. Visit the Genealogy merit badge booth, and complete at least two requirements. (see the note on international requirements above)

  3. Visit the Family Life merit badge booth, and complete at least two requirements. (see the note on international requirements above)

  4. Meet four Scouts from different states or countries, and exchange contact information (e-mail addresses, postal addresses).

  5. Read “Run, Boy, Run,” by President Thomas S. Monson, and write your feelings about this story in your journal You can get a copy at the LDS chartered organisation exhibit or from an LDS chaplain.

  6. Share two articles of faith and your testimony with your troop, a friend of another faith, or your leader.

I have completed the requirements for this award 
Signed, [signature] Scout or Scouter 
Signed, [signature] Scoutmater

Issues for International Scouting

As can be seen this award program was developed for use at the BSA National Jamboree in the United States. The biggest issue for international scouting for this award is the use of the two merit badge requirements in the electives (no. 2 and 3). Most national scouting organisations will not have such merit/proficiency badges.

To deal with this problem two changes are made to the requirements at international scouting events, these are:

2. Print out a pedigree chart for yourself and your family at the LDS exhibit.

3. Watch a short video on records storage and place a pin on a world map where you are from. (See the videos below.)

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