Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #4: Selfless Service is the Heart of the OA

Manually hauling large logs pocked with lead shot at my Order of the Arrow Ordeal wasn’t my idea of fun. But the decaying hulks needed to be removed to improve the rifle range backstop at a Scout camp in Idaho and I was among those assigned to help. We kept lugging the seemingly countless logs […]

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Scouting Moms #5: Jamboree Jitters

    My oldest son went to his first national jamboree when he was 14 years old, and I had the jitters. There were plenty of reasons that going to a Scouting event far from home would make a mom like me nervous. For one thing, he started making plans to attend two full years […]

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Mac’s Message #76: The Inseparable Connection of LDS Scouting to the Priesthood

For seventy-five weeks my messages on the LDS-BSA Relationships blog were crafted to try to convince adult Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting leaders of the value of providing a quality Scouting experience for the young men of the Church. I particularly had hoped these leaders would see the imperative connection of using Scouting experiences as a […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #16: Fun with Tree and Plant Identification

Identification of trees and plants in the forest is all about learning to feel at home in the outdoors. Learning to name the things we see makes the natural world more familiar. Seeing individual shapes of trees and plants amongst the multiple shapes of the wooded terrain gives us a sense of belonging and a […]

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Varsity Blog #1: Learn the Varsity Method for LDS Teams—Live the Philmont Dream

“Dad, can we come back here next year? This was the best family vacation ever!” The Philmont Training Center doesn’t claim to be a Disney vacation, but Varsity Scouters and their families discover that even more fun, learning, adventure, and “together time” can happen at the Philmont Training Center (referred to as PTC). And when […]

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Welcome to LDS Venturing Blog #1

Welcome to the first “blog” (article, musings, thoughts, opinions, or whatever you want to call it) regarding the relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Venturing program of the BSA (with a strong emphasis on the Western Region). I’m a bit excited, scared, unsure, overjoyed, and whole lot of emotions […]

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LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar held in Conjunction with General Conference

Over 60 Scouting professionals and volunteers—from 13 councils across the nation—gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, during April for the semi-annual LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar. Held each April and October, the three-day event coincides with the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS-BSA Relationships office hosts the seminar and invitees […]

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History Highlights #1: Behind the Book

  Welcome to a new stream of LDS-BSA blogs, “History Highlights.” These posts will provide facts and photos from the history of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In July 2013, the book Century of Honor: 100 Years of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was published by […]

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Safety Moment: A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May is National Water Safety Month—“What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?” Those were my first thoughts until I started looking at the statistics. “Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. . . . About one in five people who die […]

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