LDS-BSA Jamboree News #1 – What’s Happening in West Virginia This Summer?

In less than 90 days, an estimated 40,000 Scouts from all over the United States and around the world will gather at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia to “Live Scouting’s Adventure” at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. If you aren’t fortunate enough to be among those who will get to experience “Jambo” live […]

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How Scouting Connected My Son to Heaven and Prepared Him to be a Missionary

  The Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” parallels the title of the Aaronic or “Preparatory” Priesthood. But how exactly does Scouting prepare young men to be honorable priesthood holders and missionaries? In my opinion, Scouting provides opportunities for boys to connect with heaven in difficult situations away from home. Here are a few experiences my own […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #8: The Church and Venturing—A Professional Scouter’s Perspective

For Blog #8, I have asked a Scouting professional to share his perspective on Venturing in the Church. I hope you find his thoughts not only interesting, but helpful as we all strive to strengthen our young men through the Venturing program and the Church. So, please sit back and enjoy. Venturing has often been […]

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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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LDS Venturing Blog #7c: ALPS Part 3

This is the final blog installment dealing with the ALPS framework of the Venturing program. The hope is that as you have read these blog articles each of you has gained a better understanding of ALPS, and have been able to come up with your own ideas on how ALPS and the Venturing recognition program […]

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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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Setting and Achieving Goals – A Cub Scout Message from the Primary

Learning to set goals and achieve them is one of the purposes and strengths of Scouting. From the day a boy is a brand-new Cub Scout to the year when he earns his Eagle award, he will have chosen and accomplished many goals. For each one, he creates a plan and carries it through to […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #7b: ALPS Part 2

Welcome back to ALPS (Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth, and Service). This “part 2 of a three-part blog” will strive to address the relevance of the Venturing awards and recognition program. Back in 2014 the BSA National Venturing Task Force developed a new recognition program that was structured to complement the four pillars (ALPS) of the […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #11: How the OA Prepares Young Men for Missionary Service

It surprised me when some of my teen peers in the Order of the Arrow suggested that I run for lodge chief. I had served as chapter chief for two years, but it had never occurred to me that I might have the right stuff to be lodge chief. Most lodges cover a BSA council, […]

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The Scout-Led Troop Blog #3: The Genius of Scouting

One of my assistant Scoutmasters told me that it used to be like “pulling teeth” to get his twin boys to get on their uniform and get ready for our troop meeting each week. Then, when the Scouts started running things, he came home from work one night and his sons were already in their […]

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The Scout-Led Troop #2: Train ‘em, Trust ‘em, and Let ‘em Lead

Due to bad traffic and bad weather on the way up the mountain, we arrived at our campsite of about 7,000 feet elevation at around 10:00 p.m. on a Friday night. There were patches of snow on the ground and it was probably about 30° F. Shortly after arriving, I watched one of our Scouts […]

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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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