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Scout-led Troop Blog #15: The Converting Power of the Outdoors

When I was a boy growing up, my parents took us five kids camping every summer for two or three weeks. We traveled to places all over the Western United States: Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe, Bryce, Zion, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone, to name a few. We had no money for hotel rooms, restaurants, […]

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History Highlights: Varsity Scouting 1975 – 2017

Varsity Scouting, an advanced Scouting program for boys ages 14-15, was officially adopted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1984 and officially discontinued in 2017. Following is an historical timeline of Varsity Scouting, 1975 – 2017. 1975 ~ Dr. J.D. Mortensen forms a task force to develop a Scouting Program for […]

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History Highlights #6: THE EARLY YEARS 1913 ~ 1919

A flag ceremony at an early LDS Boy Scout campout There is no religious side to the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realisation and service of God. —Lord Robert Baden-Powell The Boy Scouts of America gained momentum and popularity across the country. By January 1913, over 6,000 […]

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A Minute with Mark: GAME ON!

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday—a day when the entire nation (and much of the world) had their eye on an historic game of football. Chips, parties, wagering, commercials, celebrating—many of us were caught up in the fun furor in some way or another. On a smaller but perhaps more meaningful scale, yesterday was also Scout […]

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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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History Highlights: A Timeline of President Thomas S. Monson’s Scouting Service

“I think of Lord Baden-Powell, and those who teach and live the principles he advocated. Who can measure the far-reaching effect on human lives of the Scout Oath? Impossible of calculation is the result for good when men and boys observe the Scout Law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #14: “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt, “Scoutmaster to the World”

Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a weak boy who did not like to play games and did not care for other boys. He was born in 1900 in Aarhus, Denmark, and lived in his own dream world. When he was 9 years old, he wrote a poem about trolls and elves […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #32: Teaching Citizenship and Connecting Them With Heaven

The Boy Scout Handbook (Thirteenth Edition, 2016) is divided into 14 numbered sections that address the elements of Scouting from 1) “Character & Leadership” to 14) “Awards & Advancements.” As an eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader, I provide the overall guidance for the EYO Scout patrol in their annual planning, working with them to select one […]

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A Minute with Mark: Remembering President Thomas S. Monson

On Tuesday, January 2nd 2018, President Thomas S. Monson, our beloved Prophet, passed away. The next morning the Boy Scouts of America released the following statement through Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh: The Boy Scouts of America is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church […]

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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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Stan’s EYO Blog #31: Eleven-year-old Scout Day Camp or Camporee

Part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program is to have an annual big adventure. Older youth in the teachers and priests quorums plan and go on high adventures. The deacons quorums attend or conduct Scout summer camp. Cub Scouts also participate in day camps as part of a Cub Scout pack’s summertime program. […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #13: The First Presidency’s Statements regarding Eagle Scouts

On May 11, 2017, the First Presidency announced that effective January 1, 2018, the Church will discontinue its Varsity and Venturing Scouting programs for young men ages 14–18. However, the First Presidency letter also states that “young men over the age of 14 who desire to continue to work toward the rank of Eagle Scout […]

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