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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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Mac’s Message #14: Shadow Leadership

In your calling with the young men the Lord wants you to recede into the shadows. One of the key purposes of Scouting is to “train boys to lead boys.” The Aaronic Priesthood program is designed to help each young man to “serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices,” “to […]

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Mac’s Message #13: Who Holds the Keys in the Aaronic Priesthood

One of the major tenets of the Boy Scouts of America is that each Scouting unit should be boy-led. This is in perfect harmony with the Lord’s principle for Aaronic Priesthood young men. A famous Abbott and Costello comical skit shows how confusing it can be when you don’t know who’s on first. “My house […]

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LDS Scouting in the Far East Council

My name is William “Bill” Bryson and I currently serve as the council president for the Far East Council, which is headquartered in Japan, and provides BSA programs for Scouts and Scouters in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines.  Over the last several years I have had many wonderful opportunities to work with […]

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Mac’s Message #11: Help Your Young Men Feel and Recognize the Spirit

I have found in my many years in Scouting that some of the most powerful spiritual experiences for young men come not in the priesthood quorum classroom, but while standing on a distant mountain top, hiking on a narrow trail in a thick forest, sitting quietly by a crystal clear lake, or while gathered as […]

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Mac’s Message #10: Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood Should Be a Spiritual Training Camp

The six years a young man spends in the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting programs should be a spiritual training camp. During this period the boy should rub shoulders with spiritually tuned parents and mentors, enjoy meaningful outdoor activities, learn practical leadership skills, pray regularly, and thoroughly immerse himself in the “priesthood playbook” (the scriptures). A […]

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Mac’s Message #9: Purpose of Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood Is to Bring Young Men to Christ

As an Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting leader your ultimate goal is to create conditions and provide experiences that bring young men to Christ. Your second priority is to strengthen the family. Elder David A. Bednar suggests that if your Young Men activities and associations do not foster faith in Christ or strengthen families, you shouldn’t […]

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