Safety Moment: Scouting Activities—Are You Physically Prepared?

Congratulations! You’ve been called to serve as a Scout leader. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are no strangers to service. Because the Church has no professional clergy, it is volunteer members who teach the classes, sing in the choirs, and vacuum the meetinghouse floors. It is also volunteer […]

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Mac’s Message #54: How Acquiring Merit Badges Helps Prepare Young Men for Missionary Service

Last week I shared with you the lamentations of a former mission president’s wife who said far too many young men enter the mission field without being spiritually, mentally, emotionally, or physically prepared for missionary service. This week I wish to share more of her concerns and show how acquiring specific merit badges can proactively […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #8: Communication and Communicating

In Scouting, communicating and listening are skills essential to the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout program. Not only do adults need good communication and listening skills, but so do EYO Scouts need to continue their journey in communication. As the EYO Scout leader, look for opportunities to teach boys how to communicate as well as how to […]

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Mac’s Message #53: How Scouting Prepares a Young Man to Serve an Honorable Full-time Mission

In a potentially game-changing talk at the October 2002 general priesthood meeting, Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “The standard for missionary service is being raised.” He instructed bishops and stake presidents to “recommend only those young men and women whom you judge to be spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to face today’s realities of […]

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Mac’s Message #52: How Perfect Is Your Scouting Program?

This week’s blog message signifies the achievement of one complete year of Mac’s Messages on the LDS-BSA Relationships website. I’m sure there may be some people who have read my blog messages who feel I have a very idealistic view of LDS Scouting. Perhaps I’m somewhat Pollyannish in my expectations of adult Young Men leaders […]

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Mac’s Message #51: Dealing With Unruly Boys (Part 3)

  In my final message about dealing with unruly boys in your Scouting program I would like to provide some practical advice and techniques you can use to help improve the behavior of disruptive young men. I believe the best foundation for maintaining harmony in a Scouting unit is to have a consistent structure to […]

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