Scouting Spouses #3: Of Mountains and Men

  The Aaronic Priesthood was restored in the spring of 1829 on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. My family traveled there this summer and felt the powerful spirit of that sacred place. Scouting was founded in 1907 at Gilwell Park in England. While I have never been to Great Britain, I have […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #8: How an Arrowman Serves His Unit

“I joined the Order of the Arrow as a boy,” the man said. “I went through the Ordeal but I never did anything else with the OA.” This fellow is just one of many that have said something similar to me at various Scouting functions over the years. The most common answer as to why […]

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Stans’ EYO Scouting Blog #19: More Ways to Teach Moral Decision Making

In several of my previous blogs I have discussed ways we can teach our eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts moral decision making through communicating to them ways to be. In Scouting we use the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan to correct behavior, but do it in a way that is unobtrusive. Most notably, we tell them […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #4: Scouter’s Pledge

The following is an adaptation of a document, “Scouters’ Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” developed by the Utah National Parks Council as part of their commitment to better serve their major customer base. (Over 90% of all units chartered in this council are sponsored by the Church.) The quoted material […]

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Mac’s Message #77: The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge Training

Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to the Primary and Young Men programs in the Church. Now imagine another outdoor setting where faithful Scouting leaders—both members and non-members of the Church—learn how to conduct the Scouting program […]

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History Highlights #3: THE SCOUTING MOVEMENT 1907–1910

Our aim in the [Scouting] Movement is to give such help as we can in bringing about God’s Kingdom on earth, by inculcating among youth the spirit and the daily practice in their lives of unselfish goodwill and co-operation.
  —Robert Baden-Powell Concern for the moral upbringing of young people was not only felt by Church […]

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Safety Moment: Outdoor Hazards–Objective And Subjective

Education for outdoor dangers can be learned in multiple ways; probably the least effective is from personal experience. The problem with learning by experience is that the test comes before the lesson. Unfortunately, at times that kind of education can be deadly. Learning from others’ experiences, otherwise known as “training,” presents a much safer alternative. […]

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