Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #28:  Follow the Prophet

A few months ago I opened an email from the Church carrying the subject line “New Initiative for Children and Youth Development.” I quickly discovered that the Church will discontinue sponsoring all Scouting units on December 31, 2019 in favor of a new global youth program. The email included a link to this Church web […]

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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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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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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #25: The Order of the Arrow Exists to Help the Troop

At our district’s recent Klondike derby event, I ran into Al, a boy who joined the Order of the Arrow a while ago and who is a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood. Al didn’t serve on the event staff with ten of his fellow OA chapter members. He camped in the snow and participated in […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #24: How OA Members in Your Troop Can Help the Troop

Cory was nominated by his LDS-sponsored troop to be a candidate for the Order of the Arrow at age 13. A few months later Cory attended an Ordeal where he joined the Order. He soon became the unofficial troop OA representative, setting a strong example even for troop members who had joined the OA before […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #23: You Want Your Boys to be Like This

Eleven and a half years ago a young Arrowman named Scott was preparing to serve a mission. He had recently become a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and was uniformly described as a true friend by those who knew him. Ever willing to keep his obligation to unselfishly serve others, Scott […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #22: How the Order of the Arrow Can Help Teachers and Priests

Eric was a typical Latter-day Saint 13-year-old deacon and Star Scout when he joined the Order of the Arrow. He had developed a love of Scouting and its ideals during his time in his ward’s Cub Scout, new-Scout patrol, and Boy Scout troop programs. But within a few months Eric would turn 14 and would […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #21: Brotherhood Membership

Four young men from my Order of the Arrow chapter recently joined other members of my lodge who had been Ordeal members for at least 10 months to discuss how each had fulfilled the high ideals learned during their Ordeal. That evening I attended a ceremony where each of these youth were recognized as a […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #20: The Ordeal

Muffled footsteps on damp ground signaled the approach of an expected group. From the darkness emerged a collection of young men along with a couple of adults, each outfitted in his own way for a night of solitary camping. In the shadows of our dimly-lit circle I could make out anticipation and apprehension on the […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #19: The Vigil Honor

Weary but happy. That’s how the small group of young men in uniform looked as they smiled in the crisp sunrise air listening to bird calls and waves on the lakeshore. Along with the handful of other Scouts and Scouters present that recent morning, each of these new Vigil Honor members of the Order of […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #18: Developing Servant Leaders

A young man visiting our staff campsite earnestly asked our course director about how to deal with a situation that had developed while his clan attempted to carry out a task. This Scout, who was a leader in our Order of the Arrow lodge was clearly frustrated. After making some broad suggestions that amounted to […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #17: “Service is much more than a project; it’s a way of life”

Night was falling as I stood outside the main lodge of a Scout camp earlier this month. The air seemed to tingle with anticipation as many boys in Scout uniforms lined up with sleeping bags in tow. One boy approached me and asked when we were going to head up to the ceremony site. I […]

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