Mac’s Message #28: The Power of Reflection

If you have read any of my blog messages prior to this one, you will have noticed that each message concludes with an opportunity for you to reflect upon what you’ve read. Questions are provided at the end of the article to stimulate your thinking. Hopefully those questions stir within you the desire to take […]

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Mac’s Message #27: Gaining a Vision of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood

This past Friday the LDS Church News published an article highlighting the LDS-BSA Relationships website. Over six months ago, I started writing a weekly blog on the website regarding LDS Scouting. These blog messages have generated a lot of wonderful discussions, both in the comment section of each blog message and in direct email correspondence […]

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Mac’s Message #26: The Importance of Safety

Over the past several weeks my messages have stressed the importance of getting your Scouting-age boys outdoors doing hard things and serving others. It ought to go without saying that all of your Scouting activities should be done in a safe manner. You have an important responsibility to ensure the Lord’s young men are safe […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #3: They Come for the Games!

Keeping your boys excited about attending Scouts each week should be part of your planning. Understanding the characteristics of eleven-year-old boys will help you design meetings with your eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout patrol leader that has all your EYO Scouts eager to attend each week. My approach as an EYO Scout leader was that the boys […]

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Mac’s Message #25: Teach Your Boys to Serve

Above all else Scouting should be a service organization. In the Scout Oath a young man pledges to do his best in fulfilling his duty to God and country. He also promises to “help other people at all times.” The Scout slogan reminds a boy to “do a good turn daily.” Service to God, country, […]

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Safety Moment: Being Prepared for Winter Safety

Winter can mean exciting activities such as skiing and snow shoeing. Scouts can be very enthusiastic about the adventures of winter camping. Winter activities can also mean bright stars and thoughtful conversations. However, a safe and successful winter activity requires an even greater level of preparation than a similar activity in warmer weather. Winter activities […]

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Mac’s Message #24: Teach Your Boys to Do Hard Things

Life is hard; and it’s getting harder. I marvel at the challenges our young men in the Church and Scouting face each day. And, as prophets have warned us, those challenges will exponentially increase in the years ahead. Our youth today have to be tough. They have to be able to stand up for what […]

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