Stan’s EYO Blog #35: Time for a Change

“All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced a new initiative to replace all existing activity programs for girls and boys, young women and young men in 2020. This is exciting news […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #34: Fellowship and Friendship

“As I have loved you, love one another” begins hymn 308. This is just the remedy that many a Primary boy seeks in life. Boys today are beset on many sides by those whose own self-interest pushes others into isolation and a friendless world through bullying and other forms of social rejection. Boys seek solace […]

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Scouting Success Stories

When Shakespeare’s Henry V spoke of his “band of brothers,” he described an empowering bond–forged under extraordinary circumstances–that elevates normal people and normal relationships above the every-day course of life. Usually with far less drama, Scouts and Scout leaders purposefully engage in such a process of taking young people out of their normal patterns to […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #33: Using the Patrol Method to Achieve the Aims of Scouting

Scouting uses different methods to achieve its aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods of Scouting include Scouting ideals, patrols, outdoor programs, advancement, adult association, personal growth, leadership development, and uniform. Each of these methods is individually important in achieving the aims of Scouting as well as the mission and vision […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #32: Teaching Citizenship and Connecting Them With Heaven

The Boy Scout Handbook (Thirteenth Edition, 2016) is divided into 14 numbered sections that address the elements of Scouting from 1) “Character & Leadership” to 14) “Awards & Advancements.” As an eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader, I provide the overall guidance for the EYO Scout patrol in their annual planning, working with them to select one […]

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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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