Mac’s Message #32: The Importance of Courts of Honor

Recently I witnessed a very sad incident. During the opening segment of a Sunday priesthood meeting the counselor in the bishopric got up and, stating the ward had not had a Scouting court of honor for some time, he proceeded to pass out the rank advancement and merit badges to the boys in the congregation. […]

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Mac’s Message #31: Why Boys Acquire Merit Badges

I hate to be redundant in this week’s blog message, but people learn better through repetition. One of the things you will notice about my blog messages is that I primarily focus on explaining the why of specific elements of LDS Scouting rather than delving into how to do it. There are countless resources available […]

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Mac’s Message #30: Proper Emphasis on Acquiring Rank Advancement and Merit Badges

On September 28, 2001, the First Presidency sent a letter to priesthood leaders in the United States and Canada which stated: “We desire all young men to strive to earn the Eagle Scout and Duty to God Awards” (emphasis added). But why do the leaders of the Church want young men to strive to become […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #4: My EYO Experience

  Sharing our Scouting experiences is one way we strengthen each other, so I thought I’d share one of my eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout experiences with you. Hopefully it will give you some ideas as you deliver on the promise of Scouting. After the bishop extended this calling to me, I recall carefully and prayerfully pondering […]

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Mac’s Message #29: The Importance of the Scout Uniform

  Your boys can tell whether you have a testimony of Scouting and whether you are committed to your calling. They can hear it in your words, see it in your behaviors, observe it in your actions, and sense it in your attitude. Before I gained a testimony of Scouting (Mac’s Message #1), I was […]

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