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Mac’s Message #45: The Role of Parents and Families in Scouting

Parents and family members are additional resources to support your Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood efforts. Since strengthening families is a primary goal of the Young Men Aaronic Priesthood program, and Scouting is an extension of families, Young Men leaders should make a strong effort to involve families in their Scouting programs and activities. I believe […]

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Mac’s Message #44: The Role of the BSA Local Council and District

Your BSA local council and district provide a cornucopia of resources and support for your Scouting efforts. For some LDS Scouters the only involvement they may have with the council office is during rechartering, Friends of Scouting, or when purchasing uniforms or advancement materials from the council trading post. But the council and district provide […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #6: Rank Requirement Changes Coming in January 2016

  In January of each year the Boy Scouts of America releases Boy Scout requirement updates. This January’s Boy Scout program changes are part of a long running review of all Scouting programs and a realignment of programs to the mission and vision of the Boy Scouts of America that was called Goal 411. This […]

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Mac’s Message #43: The Role of the LDS-BSA Relationships Committee

  Young Men and Scouting leaders at the ward level may not know that the needs and circumstances of LDS Scouting are being discussed at the highest levels of most of the BSA local councils throughout the country. One of the goals of the LDS-BSA Relationships office, under the direction of Mark Francis, is to […]

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Mac’s Message #42: How to Encourage Priesthood Leaders to Fully Embrace Scouting

I had originally intended to write this blog message as the final post in my series on support roles for Scouting in the Church. But, in view of the numerous comments in the reply section of the last few blogs and my experience at Philmont this past week, I decided to address this issue now. […]

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Mac’s Message #41: The Role of the Stake Presidency and High Council Representatives

If you have been reading my blog messages over the past few weeks you should see the hierarchical structure that inspired men of the Lord have put in place to support you in your Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood callings. The Scoutmaster, the Varsity Coach, and the Venturing Advisor and their assistants support the boys. The […]

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Mac’s Message #40: Role of Stake YM Presidency as Unit Commissioners

When I was a stake Young Men president I often bemoaned the fact that I didn’t get to work directly with the boys. I wanted to be in the trenches with the young men so I could be a righteous influence in their lives. Fortunately I was comforted by something I emphasize to managers in […]

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Mac’s Message #39: Role of the Bishop, Counselors, and Chartered Organization Representative

Bishops have been instructed repeatedly in general priesthood sessions and stake leadership meetings that their highest priority is stewardship over the young men and young women within their ward boundaries. This includes youth who are not members of the Church. At a special meeting in the Salt Lake Temple on April 9, 1972, President Harold […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #5: Be a Trained Leader

I just got back from the first and second week of a Sunday-friendly Wood Badge course where I served as the senior patrol leader. Wood Badge has a magic all its own that inspires adults to lengthen their stride and achieve excellence in Scouting. It is the local council’s “top of the ladder” in training. […]

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Mac’s Message #37: The Support Roles in the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting

As an organizational development consultant, I marvel at how perfectly The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized. The structure within the Church is exquisitely designed to ensure no one need fail in his or her calling. When implemented as the Lord intended, there are numerous levels of support for Scouting and Aaronic […]

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Highlights of the 2015 National Annual Meeting

  Did you know that each May, key Scouting volunteers and professionals gather for the BSA National Annual Meeting? This year the meetings were held in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are a few fun facts and tidbits from the events: Three Church members were elected to the National Executive Board: Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general […]

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