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Mac’s Message #24: Teach Your Boys to Do Hard Things

Life is hard; and it’s getting harder. I marvel at the challenges our young men in the Church and Scouting face each day. And, as prophets have warned us, those challenges will exponentially increase in the years ahead. Our youth today have to be tough. They have to be able to stand up for what […]

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Mac’s Message #23: Never Cancel an Activity

  This week’s message may seem like a small, insignificant matter, but it is so vital it deserves individual attention. Two weeks ago I stressed the importance of “being prepared” by calendaring activities in advance so boys know what to expect when they attend Scouting and priesthood functions. Once these activities have been determined, the […]

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Stan’s Eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouting Blog #2: Program Changes and You

New program changes are coming to both the Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs. The new changes to the Boy Scout program go into effect in January of 2016, still a ways out. But in May of 2015 elements of the Cub Scout program will be changing that will affect you as an eleven-year-old (EYO) […]

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Mac’s Message #22: The Importance of Outdoor Activities

  There are two types of knowledge: knowledge about something, and knowledge of something. Knowledge about something is learned vicariously through instruction, observation, and repetition. Knowledge of something is learned through personal, direct, firsthand experience. Young men gain knowledge about Jesus Christ, gospel principles, priesthood duties, and character development by attending church meetings on Sunday. […]

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Mac’s Message #21: The Importance of Being Prepared

If the Scout motto is Be Prepared, why do so many young men ask their leader, “What are we doing this week for activity night?” Perhaps it’s because the young men have not been taught by example how to model the motto. Well-planned and executed Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood activities with a purpose help young […]

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Stan’s Eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouting Blog #1: Setting the Stage

Delivering Scouting for eleven-year-old (EYO) boys can be an enriching experience, both for you as the EYO Scout leader as well as for the youth you serve. The EYO program occurs at a critical juncture in the life of a young man—at that marvelous in-between time as he leaves the Primary and receives the priesthood. […]

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Mac’s Message #20: Recite the Scout Oath and Law Weekly

  Scouting has been a part of the Young Men program in the Church since 1913. The three aims of Scouting—character development; citizenship; and proper physical, mental, and moral fitness—align perfectly with the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood. The boyhood of Jesus Christ is described in only one verse in the scriptures: “And Jesus increased […]

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Mac’s Message #19: The Structure of the BSA Program Will Save You

As a management development consultant I’m known for using pithy statements to anchor key leadership concepts in the minds of the executives I teach. One of my most often quoted statements is “If your team is struggling, structure will save you.” In the workplace a manager can tell when his or her work team is […]

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Mac’s Message #18: The Patrol Method—A Leadership Laboratory

As you look at the Scouting boys under your stewardship can you visualize them as future missionaries with supervisory responsibility as a district or zone leader? Can you see them as assistants to the mission president or, possibly, as a branch president or counselor in some remote location in a far-off country? How will you […]

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Mac’s Message #17: Invite Every Scouting-age Boy to Join Your Scouting Unit

My blog message last week about holding separate quorum and Scouting meetings stirred up some good discussion in the reply section. The comments are excellent, and well worth reading. Of course, separate meetings have little or no value if only a few boys attend. So an important part of the separate meeting suggestion is also […]

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Mac’s Message #16: Hold Separate Activities for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers

If you have been reading my weekly messages and paying attention over the past three weeks you will have noticed a trend in the topics. I have explained who holds the keys of leadership in the Aaronic Priesthood quorums, the importance of adult shadow leadership, and the need to train your boys on how to […]

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Mac’s Message #15: The Making of a Boy Leader

  Contrary to what some people may believe, leaders are made not born. There are very few born leaders. The vast majority of great leaders learned how to become great leaders from other great leaders. Except in rare cases of someone being a child prodigy, no one became a star basketball player the first time […]

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