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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Safety Moment: Winter Safety Tips

“It is the most wonderful time of the year”, so says the famous Christmas song and we are heading into the winter season, at least in climates of the northern hemisphere where cold and snow are present. For those who live in warmer climates, this message pertains to those of us who experience the wintry […]

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Safety Moment: Why Do We Encourage You to be Youth Protection Trained?

According to the Department of Justice, 60% of all children are victimized (in varying forms) before adulthood.  Although child sexual abuse (CSA) receives more press coverage and attention, it is only a small slice of the potential range of abuse that children may face. Abuse can range from maltreatment or neglect to physical or sexual […]

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Safety Moment: Preparing to Drive Safely

  The Scout Law reminds us: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Now think about your last road trip. Were you courteous and kind to other drivers? Obedient to traffic laws? Cheerful? The driver’s seat of a vehicle, particularly when you have a carload of […]

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Scouting Spouses #3: Of Mountains and Men

  The Aaronic Priesthood was restored in the spring of 1829 on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. My family traveled there this summer and felt the powerful spirit of that sacred place. Scouting was founded in 1907 at Gilwell Park in England. While I have never been to Great Britain, I have […]

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History Highlights #3: THE SCOUTING MOVEMENT 1907–1910

Our aim in the [Scouting] Movement is to give such help as we can in bringing about God’s Kingdom on earth, by inculcating among youth the spirit and the daily practice in their lives of unselfish goodwill and co-operation.
  —Robert Baden-Powell Concern for the moral upbringing of young people was not only felt by Church […]

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Safety Moment: Outdoor Hazards–Objective And Subjective

Education for outdoor dangers can be learned in multiple ways; probably the least effective is from personal experience. The problem with learning by experience is that the test comes before the lesson. Unfortunately, at times that kind of education can be deadly. Learning from others’ experiences, otherwise known as “training,” presents a much safer alternative. […]

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Enlightened Eyes: Observations of the recent Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting

Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell drew heavily on his military training to inform his views about how to train and motivate young men. He had been in war with young men barely older than Scouting age, and had found that through training they could become resilient and inspired men. To those who would train such youth, […]

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Scouting Moms #6: My Cub Scouting Philmont Experience

I currently serve as a ward Primary president. My wonderful calling gives me all of the blessings and challenges that I know so many other Primary presidents encounter. One of these blessings (or challenges) is Cub Scouting. During my service in the Primary I have seen our Cub Scout program bless boys and their families, […]

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Seeds of Leadership

I have learned so much in recent months as I’ve attended the National BSA meetings, the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex Groundbreaking at Summit Bechtel Reserve, and Philmont Scout Ranch for the two weeks of the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting. I have been deeply inspired as I’ve listened to great leaders repeatedly […]

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