BSA Leaders Visit Church Sites to Strengthen Relationships

Scouting professionals and volunteers—from 12 councils and 7 states—gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 28th through 30th for the LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar. Held each April and October, the three-day event coincides with the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of the seminar is to strengthen LDS-BSA relationships […]

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LDS-BSA Jamboree News #3: Report on Jamboree from a Commissioner

WOW! That is the one word I would use to describe the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, attended by nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors at The Bechtel Summit. In 2010 and 2013 I was on the Family Life merit badge staff at the jamboree. This year I went as staff to sub-camp C3 and […]

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Mac’s Message #81: The New Teacher-Priest Activity Program

As an organizational development consultant specializing in strategic planning, I help company executives define their overarching strategic intentions, clearly understand what business they are in, and know why they exist. On May 11, 2017, the First Presidency announced that the Church will no longer sponsor Varsity and Venturing programs after this year. This has spurred […]

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LDS-BSA Report of the BSA National Annual Meeting

The BSA National Annual Meeting was held in Orlando, Florida, May 24-26, 2017. LDS Scouters were involved in and recognized during several of the meeting events. Duty to God Breakfast The Thursday morning Duty to God Breakfast celebrates the religious aspects of Scouting. Significant Church leaders—Thomas S. Monson (when he was 1st Counselor in the […]

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Mac’s Message #80: Scouting Connects Young Men to Heaven

“Scouting is not about awards; it’s about experiences,” said Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, at the recent LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar held before April general conference. “It’s about experiences that matter.” The experiences that matter most in Scouting are those that bring young men to Christ and help them “become […]

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

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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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 #9: How the OA Prepares Young Men for Temple Worship

 In the months leading up to leaving on my mission I worked as a groundskeeper at the Ogden Temple. Although I had acted as proxy for baptisms for the dead a number of times, I had little understanding of other ceremonies performed in the temple. Still, I was preparing to receive temple ordinances, which is […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #5: Priests Quorums & Venturing

Let’s look at the priests’ quorums and the Venturing program using the Learn-Act-Share model of teaching and learning. Instead of my writing a lot of things down and such, I want each of you to ponder on the following questions and ideas. Remember, this is your program to strengthen your young men. Ready? Let’s begin: […]

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Mac’s Message #78: Scouting in the Church is All About the Priesthood

There is a persistent and enduring myth in the Church that Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood are two separate programs. Just this past week, in a Scouting committee meeting in my own ward, a recently-called, first-time Scoutmaster lamented, “I know Scouting is supposed to be separate from the priesthood, but I think the boys can […]

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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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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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