LDS Venturing Blog #7b: ALPS

David Wilson

Welcome back to ALPS (Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth, and Service). This “part 2 of a three-part blog” will strive to address the relevance of the Venturing awards and recognition program. Back in 2014 the BSA National Venturing Task Force developed a new recognition program that was structured to complement the four pillars (ALPS) of the […]

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LDS Venturing Blog # 7a – ALPS

David Wilson

As we all know, the Venturing program is to be carried out through a youth-led Venturing crew. Coupled with the weekly priesthood quorum teaching moments, Venturing’s purpose is to provide life-changing experiences that will help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults ready to move forward in the Church […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #6 – Resources

David Wilson

  If you recall, I mentioned in a previous blog post that I believe in “R & D” for almost all aspects of Venturing. In case you missed it — that stands for “Rip Off & Duplicate.” I don’t think we really need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Venturing. There are some […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #5 – Priests’ Quorums & Venturing

David Wilson

Let’s look at the priests’ quorums and the Venturing program using the Learn-Act-Share model of teaching and learning. Instead of my writing a lot of things down and such, I want each of you to ponder on the following questions and ideas. Remember, this is your program to strengthen your young men. Ready? Let’s begin: […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #4: Scouter’s Pledge

David Wilson

The following is an adaptation of a document, “Scouters’ Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” developed by the Utah National Parks Council as part of their commitment to better serve their major customer base. (Over 90% of all units chartered in this council are sponsored by the Church.) The quoted material […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #3: Learn, Act, Share

David Wilson

I want to keep this blog entry simple and easy. But with that being said, I hope that each of you associated with the Venturing program will look at the myriad of ways you can incorporate these three words seamlessly into your program: Learn, Act, Share. Be creative, innovative, and daring! Think about the manner the […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #2: Adapting to Change

David Wilson

As you know, the BSA no longer does “business as usual.” Change seems to be a bit more of a constant than it was a few years ago. Over 15 years ago the BSA national office was dramatically reorganized, in a manner that redefined the organizational structure at every level from the national offices down to […]

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Welcome to LDS Venturing Blog #1

Venturing logo

Welcome to the first “blog” (article, musings, thoughts, opinions, or whatever you want to call it) regarding the relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Venturing program of the BSA (with a strong emphasis on the Western Region). I’m a bit excited, scared, unsure, overjoyed, and whole lot of emotions […]

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