Scouting Spouses #3: Of Mountains and Men


  The Aaronic Priesthood was restored in the spring of 1829 on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. My family traveled there this summer and felt the powerful spirit of that sacred place. Scouting was founded in 1907 at Gilwell Park in England. While I have never been to Great Britain, I have […]

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Scouting Spouses #2: Thinking of Going to Philmont? A Guide for Nervous Spouses

The first time I went to Philmont Scout Ranch was as a 14-year-old youth. I had a great experience! My older sister and I participated in the backpacking Mountain Trek. We said goodbye to our families that first day and then spent the rest of our Philmont time hiking through the backcountry, sleeping in tents, […]

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Scouting Spouses #1: The Scouting Spirit

“I’ve got that Scouting Spirit up in my head…” You have likely heard or sung that song at a campfire or pack meeting. And it may be your most—or least—favorite tune. But all music aside, I’m writing today about the Scouting Spirit. There is an undeniable spirit in Scouting. I can’t fully explain why, but […]

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Scouting Moms and Scouting Spouses: Time to Share!


“There is value in having women’s voices influence Scouting. It is often the mothers who make Scouting happen and help their sons through the process,” (“A Conversation with Sister Rosemary Wixom,” May 22, 2014). I was with Sister Wixom in 2014 when she made this statement. And I believe it. Women influence Scouting. Just as […]

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God Answers Prayers Through a Righteous, Dedicated Scoutmaster

Young Family

From the time Crystal was a little girl she prayed for her future husband. “As a child, I remember asking Heavenly Father to help guide my future husband and bless him to make righteous decisions,” she recalled. When Crystal was 23 years old, she met and married her husband, Jeffrey Young. He was 10 years […]

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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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