Enlightened Eyes: Observations of the recent Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting

Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell drew heavily on his military training to inform his views about how to train and motivate young men. He had been in war with young men barely older than Scouting age, and had found that through training they could become resilient and inspired men. To those who would train such youth, […]

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Seeds of Leadership

I have learned so much in recent months as I’ve attended the National BSA meetings, the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex Groundbreaking at Summit Bechtel Reserve, and Philmont Scout Ranch for the two weeks of the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting. I have been deeply inspired as I’ve listened to great leaders repeatedly […]

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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 northern 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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Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony: A Photo Journey

  Hundreds gathered for the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex groundbreaking ceremonies at the Summit Bechtel Reserve during a succession of events June 14 -15, 2016. Following is a series of photos, quotes, and information about the historical happenings. Tuesday, June 14 Visitors arrived from around the country in Beckley, West Virginia. While the […]

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks, Church leaders appointed to key positions at Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was the keynote speaker at the Boy Scouts of America Duty to God Breakfast in San Diego on May 26. As a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board, Elder Holland spoke to 1600 attendees—key BSA volunteers and professionals—about the importance of duty to God. “In a day when some people […]

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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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“We the Students” Scholarship

Have you heard of the “We the Students” scholarship contest hosted by the Bill of Rights Institute? The annual essay contest awards a Boy Scout a $2,500 scholarship, along with $500 for the winning Scout’s troop. (Just think what that money could do for your summer high-adventure!) There is also a component that gives the […]

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Church Booth Draws Crowds at World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan

    It’s a hot and humid day in Yamaguchi, Japan, but inside a white tent, people are smiling and laughing. “Forget the heat and humidity,” says Jim Greene, FamilySearch staff member from Salt Lake City, Utah. “We are happy!” His remark aptly describes the faces of those who tour through the Church’s exhibit in the […]

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Highlights of the 2015 National Annual Meeting

  Did you know that each May, key Scouting volunteers and professionals gather for the BSA National Annual Meeting? This year the meetings were held in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are a few fun facts and tidbits from the events: Three Church members were elected to the National Executive Board: Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general […]

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LDS Philmont Experiences

Do you want to go to Philmont this summer to improve Scouting in your LDS unit, yet you aren’t serving in a stake presidency? While the popular “LDS Scouting Leadership Conference” sessions are reserved only for specific stake leadership, there are also three other Philmont sessions with LDS Scouting tips open to any Church Scouting […]

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Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity Coach or team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at www.LDS.org. Once on the site, choose “Resources” (under Family), then “Youth,” then “Youth Activities” (under Youth Menu), and finally “Scouting,” […]

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Building a Troop

After retiring from the navy in 1979, I moved my family to Kirkland, Washington, where I was asked to be Scoutmaster. I said I’d like to meet with the committee chairman and the committee before making my decision. The chartered organization representative gave me a blank stare, implying “What’s the committee?” I accepted the Scoutmaster […]

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