Mac’s Message #82: Don’t Leave the Path

Today everyone seems to be familiar with the book, The Hobbit, even if only from having seen the trilogy of Hobbit movies. In one passage, Gandalf separates from Bilbo and the dwarfs at the edge of Mirkwood Forest to go slay a dragon. Before he departs, Gandalf leaves with a stern warning, “Don’t leave the […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #25: The Order of the Arrow Exists to Help the Troop

At our district’s recent Klondike derby event, I ran into Al, a boy who joined the Order of the Arrow a while ago and who is a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood. Al didn’t serve on the event staff with ten of his fellow OA chapter members. He camped in the snow and participated in […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #33: Using the Patrol Method to Achieve the Aims of Scouting

Scouting uses different methods to achieve its aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods of Scouting include Scouting ideals, patrols, outdoor programs, advancement, adult association, personal growth, leadership development, and uniform. Each of these methods is individually important in achieving the aims of Scouting as well as the mission and vision […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #15: The Converting Power of the Outdoors

When I was a boy growing up, my parents took us five kids camping every summer for two or three weeks. We traveled to places all over the Western United States: Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe, Bryce, Zion, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone, to name a few. We had no money for hotel rooms, restaurants, […]

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History Highlights: Varsity Scouting 1975 – 2017

Varsity Scouting, an advanced Scouting program for boys ages 14-15, was officially adopted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1984 and officially discontinued in 2017. Following is an historical timeline of Varsity Scouting, 1975 – 2017. 1975 ~ Dr. J.D. Mortensen forms a task force to develop a Scouting Program for […]

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History Highlights #6: THE EARLY YEARS 1913 ~ 1919

A flag ceremony at an early LDS Boy Scout campout There is no religious side to the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realisation and service of God. —Lord Robert Baden-Powell The Boy Scouts of America gained momentum and popularity across the country. By January 1913, over 6,000 […]

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A Minute with Mark: GAME ON!

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday—a day when the entire nation (and much of the world) had their eye on an historic game of football. Chips, parties, wagering, commercials, celebrating—many of us were caught up in the fun furor in some way or another. On a smaller but perhaps more meaningful scale, yesterday was also Scout […]

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