Vision 2020: A New Philmont Opportunity For Latter-day Saint Families

On May 8, 2018, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it would discontinue its chartered partnership with the Boy Scouts of America in 2020. However, many Church families still wish to continue their Scouting journey. How can these families find the information, resources, and training to be involved in or begin […]

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ELEVEN EAGLES: Success in the Potomac Crossing Ward

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, eleven members of BSA Troop 533 were awarded Scouting’s highest rank—the Eagle Scout Award—at a special Court of Honor celebrating their years of hard work and effort. Scouting parent Betsy Henry said, “We are so proud of all of these young men for putting in the hard work required to […]

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THE PATH FORWARD: The BSA and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dear Scouting Families, Thank you for your support of and involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. We recognize that for many of you, Scouting is a family tradition that spans many generations. We are deeply grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for serving as the chartered organization of your Scouting […]

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Mormon Battalion Association™ News Release

The Mormon Battalion Association™, in celebration of its July Anniversary, presents the new Mormon Battalion Historic Trails Awards Program. Anyone interested in the history of the Mormon Battalion – male, female, friends, families, large family organizations, youth trek groups, regional Scout encampments, and historical reeanactors anywhere in the world – can earn Mormon Battalion Historic […]

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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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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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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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BSA Leaders Visit Church Sites to Strengthen Relationships

Scouting professionals and volunteers—from 12 councils and 7 states—gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 28th through 30th for the 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 purpose of the seminar is to strengthen LDS-BSA relationships […]

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LDS-BSA Jamboree News #3: Report on Jamboree from a Commissioner

WOW! That is the one word I would use to describe the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, attended by nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors at The Bechtel Summit. In 2010 and 2013 I was on the Family Life merit badge staff at the jamboree. This year I went as staff to sub-camp C3 and […]

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Stake Leaders and Families Attend the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting

On a Saturday afternoon in July, carloads of travel-weary but excited families drive up a tree-lined road at the Philmont Training Center in northeastern New Mexico. Members of the Young Men and Primary General Presidencies greet the vehicles of parents and children as they arrive at the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting, a week-long training […]

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LDS-BSA Jamboree News #2 – It begins next Week!

Next week tens of thousands of young men and women and their leaders will arrive at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley, West Virginia for the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree. While there, they will have an opportunity to participate in whitewater rafting, shooting sports, scuba diving, zip lines, BMX and mountain biking, and many […]

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LDS-BSA Report of the BSA National Annual Meeting

The BSA National Annual Meeting was held in Orlando, Florida, May 24-26, 2017. LDS Scouters were involved in and recognized during several of the meeting events. Duty to God Breakfast The Thursday morning Duty to God Breakfast celebrates the religious aspects of Scouting. Significant Church leaders—Thomas S. Monson (when he was 1st Counselor in the […]

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