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Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity Coach or team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at www.LDS.org. Once on the site, choose “Resources” (under Family), then “Youth,” then “Youth Activities” (under Youth Menu), and finally “Scouting,” […]

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Mac’s Message #3: The Aims and Methods of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood

The German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche said, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” It takes a lot of time, energy, and effort to learn how to run a Scouting program the way it is designed. It takes even more determination to actually run the program the prescribed way. Knowing the […]

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Mac’s Message #2: The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America and the Aaronic Priesthood

  Modern day prophets have warned us that the world and the Church are increasingly growing apart. President Thomas S. Monson said, “I’ve lived long enough to have witnessed much of the metamorphosis of society’s morals. Where once the standards of the Church and the standards of society were mostly compatible, now there is a […]

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Mac’s Message #1: Gaining a Vision of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood

I have a secret. I love Scouting. But I haven’t always felt that way. To be honest I used to think Scouting was silly. I couldn’t fathom why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“the Church”) supported Boy Scouting. Twice I had been a ward Young Men president and never understood why the […]

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Mac’s Message: Welcome to Scouting

I’ve been asked to write a weekly column for the LDS-BSA Relationships Blog because of my love for Scouting and the Young Men program in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My intention is to provide spiritual direction and instruction targeted specifically toward stake presidencies, bishoprics, and Young Men leaders to help you […]

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God Answers Prayers Through a Righteous, Dedicated Scoutmaster

From the time Crystal was a little girl she prayed for her future husband. “As a child, I remember asking Heavenly Father to help guide my future husband and bless him to make righteous decisions,” she recalled. When Crystal was 23 years old, she met and married her husband, Jeffrey Young. He was 10 years […]

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Scouting Builds Relationships

Sharee Barton, from Rexburg, Idaho, saw an opportunity to strengthen a relationship between her son and his grandfather through Scouting. Sharee’s son, Cole Barton, grew up in Rexburg, Idaho, hundreds of miles from his Grandpa, Dave Howard, who lives in Orem, Utah. They spent time together at various family functions, but the miles between them […]

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Building a Troop

After retiring from the navy in 1979, I moved my family to Kirkland, Washington, where I was asked to be Scoutmaster. I said I’d like to meet with the committee chairman and the committee before making my decision. The chartered organization representative gave me a blank stare, implying “What’s the committee?” I accepted the Scoutmaster […]

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Tidbits from the National Annual Meeting

Did you know that each May, key Scouting volunteers and professionals gather for the BSA National Annual Meeting? This year, the meeting was held in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  Here are a few fun facts and tidbits from the three-day gathering: -A proposal was made during the business meeting to add the […]

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