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A Minute with Mark: Scouting in Skagway

The value of Scouting is OUTING. There is no way around this simple truth. When a boy gets out into the world—on an adventure—he experiences GROWTH, real growth that doesn’t necessarily happen sitting in a classroom. The most successful units go on outings every month. This doesn’t mean that all leaders and all boys go […]

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ELEVEN EAGLES: Success in the Potomac Crossing Ward

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, eleven members of BSA Troop 533 were awarded Scouting’s highest rank—the Eagle Scout Award—at a special Court of Honor celebrating their years of hard work and effort. Scouting parent Betsy Henry said, “We are so proud of all of these young men for putting in the hard work required to […]

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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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THE PATH FORWARD: The BSA and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dear Scouting Families, Thank you for your support of and involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. We recognize that for many of you, Scouting is a family tradition that spans many generations. We are deeply grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for serving as the chartered organization of your Scouting […]

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Mormon Battalion Association™ News Release

The Mormon Battalion Association™, in celebration of its July Anniversary, presents the new Mormon Battalion Historic Trails Awards Program. Anyone interested in the history of the Mormon Battalion – male, female, friends, families, large family organizations, youth trek groups, regional Scout encampments, and historical reeanactors anywhere in the world – can earn Mormon Battalion Historic […]

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Mac’s Message #84: Lessons for Life

On February 26, 2018, when President Russell M. Nelson was introduced to the world as the seventeenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he encouraged the members of the Church to “Begin with the end in mind.” This counsel is especially relevant for adult Aaronic Priesthood leaders. So, what is the […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #18: What Is Changing and What Is Not?

The 100+ Year “Inspired” Partnership Before addressing the changes, let’s look at what this partnership is. The Church recognizes the good that has come from its 100+ year partnership with the BSA and Scouting. “The Scouting program has benefited hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saint boys and young men, . . .” “A Joint Statement […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #36: Working with the Webelos Program

Webelos and eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout programs comprise the activity programs for the oldest boys in the Primary, ten- and eleven-year-old boys. For these two programs to work well, both the EYO Scout leader and the Webelos leader should be working together to plan and coordinate their programs at the touchpoints between the two programs. Regular […]

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A Minute with Mark: Back to the Basics

Zion’s Camp at Cumorah was held in July at Camp Dittmer of the Iroquois Trails Council near Palmyra, New York. This annual event is hosted under the direction of the Buffalo, New York Stake. President Nathan Pace and Brother Mark Collette—the local LDS-BSA Relationships chair—do a wonderful job of planning and organizing the camp. This […]

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Peace, Goodwill, and Optimism: An Overview of the 2018 National Annual Meeting

Each May key Scouting volunteers and professionals gather at the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting (NAM) to meet, discuss, plan, and honor those who have given significant service. For over 50 years key LDS leaders have been part of these meetings and have participated in an LDS Relationships meeting or reception. In 1966, […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #35: Time for a Change

“All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced a new initiative to replace all existing activity programs for girls and boys, young women and young men in 2020. This is exciting news […]

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A Minute With Mark: Looking Ahead to the LDS-BSA Changes with 20/20 Vision

Last week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it will no longer sponsor Scouting units beginning in 2020. (Read the joint LDS-BSA statement here.) This change sparked a series of reactions across our nation. Some Church members were thrilled. Others were saddened. As the LDS-BSA Relationships Director, I was immediately submerged […]

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