Mac’s Message #79: An Influence for Good

It is impossible to measure the impact a faithful Scouting leader can have on the life of a young man. You can be a defining influence that helps establish a firm foundation of spiritual and moral character that prepares him for the opportunities and challenges in his future. Association with adults is one of the […]

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Mac’s Message #78: Scouting in the Church is All About the Priesthood

There is a persistent and enduring myth in the Church that Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood are two separate programs. Just this past week, in a Scouting committee meeting in my own ward, a recently-called, first-time Scoutmaster lamented, “I know Scouting is supposed to be separate from the priesthood, but I think the boys can […]

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Mac’s Message #77: The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge Training

Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to the Primary and Young Men programs in the Church. Now imagine another outdoor setting where faithful Scouting leaders—both members and non-members of the Church—learn how to conduct the Scouting program […]

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Mac’s Message #76: The Inseparable Connection of LDS Scouting to the Priesthood

For seventy-five weeks my messages on the LDS-BSA Relationships blog were crafted to try to convince adult Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting leaders of the value of providing a quality Scouting experience for the young men of the Church. I particularly had hoped these leaders would see the imperative connection of using Scouting experiences as a […]

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Mac’s Message #75: Purpose-Driven Leadership

For seventy-five weeks I have been writing my blog messages, repeatedly proclaiming that there is a reason and a purpose for every element of the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting programs. It has been my hope that when adult Young Men leaders know the whys behind the whats of these programs they will be more inclined […]

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Mac’s Message #74: Build a Brotherhood in Your AP Quorum and Scouting Unit

When I was Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting age I was barely active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My entire family was then, and is now, completely inactive. But, for some reason I occasionally felt compelled to go to Mutual or to get up on Sunday morning to attend church. I probably […]

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Mac’s Message #73: Saving Our Young Men

At the Priesthood Leadership Conference at Philmont in 2005, Charles W. Dahlquist announced that 48% of active deacons in the Church never become elders in the Melchizedek Priesthood. Of those boys who remain active and become priests, 33% never become elders (personal notes from the conference). If these sobering statistics remain the same today it […]

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Mac’s Message #72: Four Types of LDS Scouting Programs

  Yogi Berra, the famous catcher and manager of the New York Yankees, known for his malapropisms, said “You can observe a lot by watching.” During my many years of involvement with the Young Men program of the Church I have had the opportunity to watch a lot of LDS Scouting units in action. And […]

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Mac’s Message #71: To Keep Myself Morally Straight

When a young man recites the Scout Oath he promises to keep himself morally straight. The dictionary defines morals as principles or standards of behavior considered right or wrong by most people. Although the moral standards of the world may change, the Lord’s moral standards are clear and consistent. To LDS young men, the way […]

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Mac’s Message #70: To Keep Myself Mentally Awake

This past week I was facilitating one of my custom-designed management training courses for a large client company in the upper Midwest. In attendance were twenty-five front-line managers from that organization. Like always, I could tell within a few hours which of those managers would be successful in their careers and which ones had probably […]

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Mac’s Message #69: To Keep Myself Physically Strong

As of January 1, 2016, new Boy Scout requirements place a greater emphasis on Scouts being physically active. New requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks challenge Scouts to improve their physical stamina through various activities. Scouts will have to track their progress while performing physical exercises over a set period of time. […]

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Mac’s Message #68: To Help Other People at All Times

Today I wish to discuss my favorite part of the Scout Oath—the pledge a young man makes to “help other people at all times.” Sadly, we seem to be living in a world where the hearts of many men have grown cold. Some people are so self-focused and self-contained they don’t seem to care about […]

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