“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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Tidbits from the National Annual Meeting

Did you know that each May, key Scouting volunteers and professionals gather for the BSA National Annual Meeting? This year, the meeting was held in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  Here are a few fun facts and tidbits from the three-day gathering: -A proposal was made during the business meeting to add the […]

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A conversation with Sister Rosemary Wixom

  Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, was elected to the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board at their annual business meeting on Thursday, May 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Sister Wixom is the first Primary general president since Sister LaVern W. Parmley (general president 1951 — 1974) to receive this appointment (although all […]

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National BSA Digital Storytelling Workshop

The Boy Scouts are in the news!  And what have you heard lately?  Is it positive?  Does the media share the great success stories which happen through Scouting?  Not always.  The snapshot of Scouting through the main stream media only represents a small percentage of what is really happening in our packs, troops, teams and […]

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General Conference Weekend

Did you know that during general conference weekend Scout executives are invited to Salt Lake City to learn more about the LDS Church? For the past several years during April and October, many non-LDS executives have accepted the invitation from the LDS-BSA Relationships office to come and see what the LDS Church is about. Tours […]

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Philmont 2013

A CELEBRATION AT PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH “Happy Birthday dear Scouting,” sang over 300 participants at Philmont Scout Ranch, in Cimarron, New Mexico, on July 3, 2013, before blowing out candles on two large birthday cakes. Sister Rosemary Wixom, Primary general president, and Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, cut the cakes when the […]

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