Peace, Goodwill, and Optimism: An Overview of the 2018 National Annual Meeting

Each May key Scouting volunteers and professionals gather at the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting (NAM) to meet, discuss, plan, and honor those who have given significant service. For over 50 years key LDS leaders have been part of these meetings and have participated in an LDS Relationships meeting or reception. In 1966, […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #35: Time for a Change

“All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced a new initiative to replace all existing activity programs for girls and boys, young women and young men in 2020. This is exciting news […]

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A Minute With Mark: Looking Ahead to the LDS-BSA Changes with 20/20 Vision

Last week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it will no longer sponsor Scouting units beginning in 2020. (Read the joint LDS-BSA statement here.) This change sparked a series of reactions across our nation. Some Church members were thrilled. Others were saddened. As the LDS-BSA Relationships Director, I was immediately submerged […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #27: Rise Up, O Men of God

On the evening of March 31, 2018, I was seated in the chapel of our stake center watching general priesthood meeting. Toward the end of his closing address (Ministering with the Power and Authority of God), President Russell M. Nelson invited priesthood holders “literally to rise up with [him] in our great eternal brotherhood” and […]

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History Highlights: A Discourse on Funding for Scouts ~ by Vaughn J. Featherstone

S.M.E. (A Discourse on Funding for Scouts) By Vaughn J. Featherstone Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board Shared at Philmont Scout Ranch 1989 *Note: S.M.E. stands for Sustaining Membership Enrollment. Today, BSA council fundraising is referred to as Friends of Scouting, or FOS. The trouble most find with Boy Scouts Is the money required […]

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What defines who You are?

Grant H. couldn’t wait to put on his Cub Scout shirt. He had six more months before he turned eight, but in private he wore it around the house with pride. Grant’s mother, Laura, said to him, “I notice when you have your shirt on, you seem happier.” Grant pondered, “I think I feel, well, […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #34: Fellowship and Friendship

“As I have loved you, love one another” begins hymn 308. This is just the remedy that many a Primary boy seeks in life. Boys today are beset on many sides by those whose own self-interest pushes others into isolation and a friendless world through bullying and other forms of social rejection. Boys seek solace […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #17: The Prophetic Revelation on “Ministering” and the Scout-led Troop

Although our 12-13-year-old Scouts are not directly affected by the recent changes in “ministering” in the Church, they are definitely affected by the principles underlying these changes. When a historic change in church policy or practice is announced, it is tempting to focus on the mechanical aspects of the change to make sure we are […]

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LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar held in conjunction with General Conference

Scouting professionals and volunteers—from the National Office and 15 councils stretching from Hawaii to Vermont—gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 29th through March 31st for the LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar. Held each April, the three-day event coincides with the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of the seminar […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #26: Order of the Arrow SURGE-ing for LDS Scouts

I was once a 13-year-old Scout hoping that my troop members would elect me to become a nominee for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Not being particularly popular among my peers, I remember waiting nervously while an OA election team counted votes after conducting an election in my troop. The announcement that I […]

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Mac’s Message #83: Helping Boys Live Up to Their Potential as a Chosen Generation

I love watching the Aaronic Priesthood young men fulfill their duty to God. I am spiritually and emotionally touched every time I witness these faithful servants prepare, bless, and pass the sacrament. I’m amazed when I see them giving selfless service to the Church and in the community. I’m impressed when I watch boys cooperating […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #16: What LDS Scouters can learn from the Changes to the Young Women Camp Guide

Less than three-weeks ago the Church announced changes to the Young Women Camp Guide. Highlighted among those changes are “eliminating certification and emphasizing youth leaders.” There appears to be a trend in working with youth leaders in the Church. Train them younger and give them more responsibility to actually lead. Not just talk about it […]

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