A Minute with Mark: Remembering President Thomas S. Monson

On Tuesday, January 2nd 2018, President Thomas S. Monson, our beloved Prophet, passed away. The next morning the Boy Scouts of America released the following statement through Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh: The Boy Scouts of America is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #23: You Want Your Boys to be Like This

Eleven and a half years ago a young Arrowman named Scott was preparing to serve a mission. He had recently become a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and was uniformly described as a true friend by those who knew him. Ever willing to keep his obligation to unselfishly serve others, Scott […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #31: Eleven-year-old Scout Day Camp or Camporee

Part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program is to have an annual big adventure. Older youth in the teachers and priests quorums plan and go on high adventures. The deacons quorums attend or conduct Scout summer camp. Cub Scouts also participate in day camps as part of a Cub Scout pack’s summertime program. […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #13: The First Presidency’s Statements regarding Eagle Scouts

On May 11, 2017, the First Presidency announced that effective January 1, 2018, the Church will discontinue its Varsity and Venturing Scouting programs for young men ages 14–18. However, the First Presidency letter also states that “young men over the age of 14 who desire to continue to work toward the rank of Eagle Scout […]

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A Minute With Mark: SIMPLE SCOUTING

Last month I had the opportunity to attend and support an Aaronic Priesthood Leadership training conference on Scouting involving five stakes. Cub Scout, Primary, Aaronic Priesthood and Scout leaders were invited to attend. During my presentation one of the five stake presidents raised his hand to ask a question. He then spontaneously joined me at […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #12: The Simplicity of Scouting

Scouting is simple. Boys organize into patrols. The patrol leader leads. The patrols plan their own activities. They have fun with their friends. They are responsible for making things happen. They pack their own packs. They plan their own meals. They are responsible. They cook, camp, hike, swim, and climb. Mostly in the great outdoors. […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #30: Keeping It Simple

Taking on the role as the unit leader of the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts can seem daunting. There is so much material to learn from in the Troop Leader Guidebook, Volume I and II, ranging from the details of advancement for the ranks of Scout through First Class to running your first and subsequent meetings. Where […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #29: Let’s Go Camping and Do Some Cooking!

Eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts in the Primary annually do three nights of camping because three nights are sufficient to fulfill the purposes of the Primary. In my EYO patrol, we do one overnight campout in the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall. As I work with the EYO Scout patrol to develop […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #28: Growing Your Youth Leadership Development Skills

In the latest edition of The Scouting Bridge, the Young Men General Presidency theme was on letting the youth lead. In this blog I want to focus on approaches the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader can use to teach and train EYO Scouts to lead. The EYO Scout patrol leader’s success as a boy leader is […]

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Safety Moment: Will You Be a Rescue Statistic?

  The Boston Globe recently reported that from 2004 to 2014 a total of 46,609 people required search and rescue aid– and that is just in the country’s national parks.  The Globe further reported the death toll from those needing rescue was 1,578 with another 13,957 people injured and a rescue cost exceeding $51 million.  […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #27: Eleven-year-old Scout Safety

Safety should be a consistent and constant way of thinking for leaders of eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts. Adventures in the Scouting program provide the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wonder-filled activities and experiential knowledge that prepares them to serve others, build unity, and one day be missionaries, husbands, and fathers. The […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #8: The Patrol Method Helps Scouts Develop the Confidence to Really Lead

Recently, I attended a troop meeting just as an observer. The troop was holding a “shakedown” to make sure all of the Scouts had everything they needed for their summer camp and, hopefully, did not have anything they should not be bringing. The Scoutmaster sat at the front of the room the entire meeting and, […]

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