Mac’s Message #75: Purpose-Driven Leadership

For seventy-five weeks I have been writing my blog messages, repeatedly proclaiming that there is a reason and a purpose for every element of the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting programs. It has been my hope that when adult Young Men leaders know the whys behind the whats of these programs they will be more inclined […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #1: The Order of the Arrow: WHY?

I couldn’t take my eyes off the sashes worn by the young men in seasoned Scout uniforms. Each wore a white sash emblazoned with a shiny embroidered red arrow pointing over his right shoulder. To my 12-year-old eyes, these 15- and 16-year-old boys seemed rugged and mature. Although I still didn’t know much about the […]

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Scouting Moms #2: Eagle Scouts—A Mother’s Perspective

Last February my second son received his Eagle Scout Award. A few weeks later, a post by BSA blogger Bryan Wendell about Eagle Scout rankings cited Utah as the state which produced the most Eagle Scouts in 2014, “Thanks in large part to the strong support Scouting receives from the LDS Church there.” (Read all […]

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Mac’s Message #74: Build a Brotherhood in Your AP Quorum and Scouting Unit

When I was Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting age I was barely active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My entire family was then, and is now, completely inactive. But, for some reason I occasionally felt compelled to go to Mutual or to get up on Sunday morning to attend church. I probably […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #13: THE ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD SCOUT CAMPOREE

So far in my blogs, I have primarily addressed topics with a more direct focus and interest to the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader. This blog is for stake and ward Primary presidents who want to host or sponsor an EYO Scout camporee during the summer. Now is a good time to plan, organize your program, […]

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Mac’s Message #73: Saving Our Young Men

At the Priesthood Leadership Conference at Philmont in 2005, Charles W. Dahlquist announced that 48% of active deacons in the Church never become elders in the Melchizedek Priesthood. Of those boys who remain active and become priests, 33% never become elders (personal notes from the conference). If these sobering statistics remain the same today it […]

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Scouting Spouses #1: The Scouting Spirit

“I’ve got that Scouting Spirit up in my head…” You have likely heard or sung that song at a campfire or pack meeting. And it may be your most—or least—favorite tune. But all music aside, I’m writing today about the Scouting Spirit. There is an undeniable spirit in Scouting. I can’t fully explain why, but […]

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Mac’s Message #72: Four Types of LDS Scouting Programs

  Yogi Berra, the famous catcher and manager of the New York Yankees, known for his malapropisms, said “You can observe a lot by watching.” During my many years of involvement with the Young Men program of the Church I have had the opportunity to watch a lot of LDS Scouting units in action. And […]

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Safety Moment: Preparing For Weather Hazards

The Scout troop sponsored by my ward has a simple safety philosophy. Before each activity, the leaders remind the boys, “Let’s not do anything today that might get us on the news.” While this light-hearted approach may not cover everything, it’s certainly a good place to start. One important way to keep your troop out […]

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Mac’s Message #71: To Keep Myself Morally Straight

When a young man recites the Scout Oath he promises to keep himself morally straight. The dictionary defines morals as principles or standards of behavior considered right or wrong by most people. Although the moral standards of the world may change, the Lord’s moral standards are clear and consistent. To LDS young men, the way […]

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