A Minute with Mark: Scouting Friends

Friends we are, and friends we’ll ever be. The words of this familiar Scout song—often sung at the close of a campfire—echo the future of the LDS-BSA Relationship. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said during his remarks at the May 2018 National Annual Meeting, “This is not a divorce. We are friends now and we […]

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The Six C’s of Cubbing (According to a busy Mom)

I’m a new Bear Den leader…and I LOVE IT! Cub Scouting is so much fun! At first, I was hesitant. “Why should I volunteer?” I wondered. After all, I’m a busy mom with ten children, I teach preschool, my husband is busy with his job, and I was already a Scout leader 20 years ago. […]

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Vision 2020: A New Philmont Opportunity For Latter-day Saint Families

On May 8, 2018, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it would discontinue its chartered partnership with the Boy Scouts of America in 2020. However, many Church families still wish to continue their Scouting journey. How can these families find the information, resources, and training to be involved in or begin […]

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Be Involved and Engaged! – A Message from Sister Service

Hi! My name is Roseanne Service. Yes, I’m literally “Sister Service!” I live in the Arizona Queen Creek Stake; the BSA Grand Canyon Council Agave District. A few years ago I was serving as the Primary president in my ward. At first I wasn’t exactly sure what my eleven-year-old son was supposed to be doing […]

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A Minute with Mark: Scouting in Skagway

The value of Scouting is OUTING. There is no way around this simple truth. When a boy gets out into the world—on an adventure—he experiences GROWTH, real growth that doesn’t necessarily happen sitting in a classroom. The most successful units go on outings every month. This doesn’t mean that all leaders and all boys go […]

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ELEVEN EAGLES: Success in the Potomac Crossing Ward

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, eleven members of BSA Troop 533 were awarded Scouting’s highest rank—the Eagle Scout Award—at a special Court of Honor celebrating their years of hard work and effort. Scouting parent Betsy Henry said, “We are so proud of all of these young men for putting in the hard work required to […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #28:  Follow the Prophet

A few months ago I opened an email from the Church carrying the subject line “New Initiative for Children and Youth Development.” I quickly discovered that the Church will discontinue sponsoring all Scouting units on December 31, 2019 in favor of a new global youth program. The email included a link to this Church web […]

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Mormon Battalion Association™ News Release

The Mormon Battalion Association™, in celebration of its July Anniversary, presents the new Mormon Battalion Historic Trails Awards Program. Anyone interested in the history of the Mormon Battalion – male, female, friends, families, large family organizations, youth trek groups, regional Scout encampments, and historical reeanactors anywhere in the world – can earn Mormon Battalion Historic […]

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Mac’s Message #84: Lessons for Life

On February 26, 2018, when President Russell M. Nelson was introduced to the world as the seventeenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he encouraged the members of the Church to “Begin with the end in mind.” This counsel is especially relevant for adult Aaronic Priesthood leaders. So, what is the […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #18: What Is Changing and What Is Not?

The 100+ Year “Inspired” Partnership Before addressing the changes, let’s look at what this partnership is. The Church recognizes the good that has come from its 100+ year partnership with the BSA and Scouting. “The Scouting program has benefited hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saint boys and young men, . . .” “A Joint Statement […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #36: Working with the Webelos Program

Webelos and eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout programs comprise the activity programs for the oldest boys in the Primary, ten- and eleven-year-old boys. For these two programs to work well, both the EYO Scout leader and the Webelos leader should be working together to plan and coordinate their programs at the touchpoints between the two programs. Regular […]

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Peace, Goodwill, and Optimism: An Overview of the 2018 National Annual Meeting

Each May key Scouting volunteers and professionals gather at the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting (NAM) to meet, discuss, plan, and honor those who have given significant service. For over 50 years key LDS leaders have been part of these meetings and have participated in an LDS Relationships meeting or reception. In 1966, […]

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