The Scout-Led Troop Blog #5: Do You Trust Your Scouts Enough to Let Them Lead? – Part 1

When I sat down with our new senior patrol leader and told him that we had decided that the adults were no longer going to run the troop and that he would now be in charge and make decisions, he looked at me like a “deer in headlights.” Like most 13 year-old young men, I […]

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Scouting—Isn’t It About Time?

Some months ago, I was asked to speak at a Scouting venue. In preparation, I wrote to my missionary son and asked what stood out to him in Scouting and what made the biggest difference for him during his teenage years. His response made me ponder the critical role of leaders in the lives of […]

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Funding your Scouting Program

As a young Scout I always enjoyed participating on hikes and other outdoor activities. I remember each time mowing lawns and doing other odd jobs to earn the money to go. While it was not easy, I knew that if I was to go to the activity, I had to make it happen. Over the […]

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Safety Moment – The Character of Safety

“Every wrong choice is preceded by a series of unwise choices.” —Andy Stanley, The Best Question Ever As a young boy I grew up in a small farming community in Southeastern Idaho. The summers could be hot and sometimes boring. One particularly hot July day a group of my friends and I decided the best […]

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LDS Venturing Blog # 7c – ALPS Part 3

This is the final blog installment dealing with the ALPS framework of the Venturing program. The hope is that as you have read these blog articles each of you has gained a better understanding of ALPS, and have been able to come up with your own ideas on how ALPS and the Venturing recognition program […]

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Mac’s Message #79: An Influence for Good

It is impossible to measure the impact a faithful Scouting leader can have on the life of a young man. You can be a defining influence that helps establish a firm foundation of spiritual and moral character that prepares him for the opportunities and challenges in his future. Association with adults is one of the […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog: How the OA Prepares Young Men to be Church Leaders

A hush settled over the Scouts and Scouters standing in the snow. The group and the flag were illuminated by two lanterns and a campfire. I watched as youth members of my Order of the Arrow chapter re-enacted a tradition that has endured for a handful of years, reverently lowering the flag at our annual […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #7b: ALPS

Welcome back to ALPS (Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth, and Service). This “part 2 of a three-part blog” will strive to address the relevance of the Venturing awards and recognition program. Back in 2014 the BSA National Venturing Task Force developed a new recognition program that was structured to complement the four pillars (ALPS) of the […]

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This is the Place: Now offering Merit Badge opportunities!

This is the Place Heritage Park has a rich Scouting history. Just two years following the organization of the Boy Scouts of America, local Scout troops visited and camped at the historic pioneer trail stretching from Echo Canyon to Liberty Park. One of their stops included the little white cross at the mouth of Emigration […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #11: How the OA Prepares Young Men for Missionary Service

It surprised me when some of my teen peers in the Order of the Arrow suggested that I run for lodge chief. I had served as chapter chief for two years, but it had never occurred to me that I might have the right stuff to be lodge chief. Most lodges cover a BSA council, […]

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The Scout-Led Troop Blog #3: The Genius of Scouting

One of my Assistant Scoutmasters told me that it used to be like “pulling teeth” to get his twin boys to get on their uniform and get ready for our troop meeting each week. Then, when the Scouts started running things, he came home from work one night and his sons were already in their […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #7a: ALPS

As we all know, the Venturing program is to be carried out through a youth-led Venturing crew. Coupled with the weekly priesthood quorum teaching moments, Venturing’s purpose is to provide life-changing experiences that will help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults ready to move forward in the Church […]

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