Mac’s Message #58: The Impact of One Great Scouting Leader

One of the great regrets of my life is that I never became an Eagle Scout. I only made it to the level of Second Class Scout. I dropped out of Scouting when my troop had a change in adult leadership. Almost immediately our troop went from a quality Scouting experience to a program that […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #9: Duties and Responsibilities Unique to the Eleven-year-old Scout Leader

One of my more enjoyable duties is to not only write this monthly blog on the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouting program, but also to answer questions from time to time. Recently an EYO Scout leader asked if the EYO Scout leader could conduct the Scoutmaster conference as an assistant Scoutmaster and sign merit badge cards. The […]

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Mac’s Message #57: How Boy-Led Scouting Prepares Young Men for Missionary Service

My blog messages for the past month have shown how perfectly designed the programs, principles, and practices of Scouting are for preparing LDS young men for full-time missionary service. To serve effectively, young men need to be spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and financially self-reliant. Surely Baden-Powell was inspired by the Lord in founding a […]

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Mac’s Message #56: How Scouting/Aaronic Priesthood Leadership Roles Prepare Young Men for Missionary Service

With young men now leaving for a full-time mission at an earlier age—many just out of high school—the six years a boy spends in Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood are vital preparation for a full-time mission and a lifetime of priesthood service. Young men need leadership experience long before they become trainers of “green” missionary […]

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Scouting at it’s best in New England

The Power of Shadow Leadership As a father, you pray for inspired youth leaders for your children. My son was blessed to have such a leader for the better part of his time in the Young Men program. One pivotal experience occurred one night in our home. Our Young Men president, Jim Parker, was helping […]

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Mac’s Message #55: How the Scout Law Applies to Missionary Service

Imagine how wonderful it would be if every missionary in the Church lived according to the Scout Law. Imagine how powerful the two years of a young man’s mission would be if he exemplified the values espoused in these Scouting standards. In this week’s blog message I wish to explore how the principles of the […]

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