The Scout-Led Troop Blog #5 – Part 2: Do You Trust Your Scouts Enough to Let Them Lead?

In the October 2016 general conference, Elder J. Devn Cornish shared an experience he had after graduating from medical school and was in a pediatric residency training in a high-powered, competitive program. He was faced with a challenging assignment and felt unqualified to meet it. In his despair, he alternated between sobbing and sleeping and […]

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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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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #14: The OA Helps LDS Scouts Serve at the District Level

The first time I visited our BSA district’s Scouting for Food collection point years ago, a number of young men wearing the distinctive Order of the Arrow sash made up a noticeable part of the staff. And so it has been every year since then. In March, on a Saturday morning, I watched a group […]

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Safety Moment: Bidding Farewell to the Tour & Activity Plan

For more than 50 years the BSA has used some form of planning and review tool, which was submitted to the local council or BSA National offices for review. Effective April 1, 2017, Tour and Activity Plans (T&AP) will no longer be used.  This is the result of recent evaluation by cross-functional team within BSA, […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #24: Webelos-to-Scout Transitioning Best Practice

Every Webelos Scout looks forward with great anticipation to the day he will receive his Arrow of Light award, turn eleven, and subsequently cross over the bridge to be welcomed into the troop as part of the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout patrol of the Primary. It is always a joy to see their excitation for the […]

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Scouting—Isn’t It About Time?

Some months ago, I was asked to speak at a Scouting venue. In preparation, I wrote to my missionary son and asked what stood out to him in Scouting and what made the biggest difference for him during his teenage years. His response made me ponder the critical role of leaders in the lives of […]

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Safety Moment – The Character of Safety

“Every wrong choice is preceded by a series of unwise choices.” —Andy Stanley, The Best Question Ever As a young boy I grew up in a small farming community in Southeastern Idaho. The summers could be hot and sometimes boring. One particularly hot July day a group of my friends and I decided the best […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #13: Salting the Earth

You can always tell a member of the Order of the Arrow when he wears the Order’s distinctive white sash embroidered with a shiny red arrow pointing over his right shoulder. But members do not always wear the OA sash when in uniform. It is much more common to see OA members wearing colorful lodge […]

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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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Stan’s EYO Blog #23: Being with your Eleven-Year-Old Scouts

As the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader, you will enjoy so very many opportunities to be with the youth of the Primary, especially the boys you serve. From the moment they first meet you, they will be sizing you up and trying to “figure you out.” Most of them will not realize it, but they need […]

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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 #12: How the OA Prepares Young Men to be Church Leaders

A hush settled over the Scouts and Scouters standing in the snow. The group and the flag were illuminated by two lanterns and a campfire. I watched as youth members of my Order of the Arrow chapter re-enacted a tradition that has endured for a handful of years, reverently lowering the flag at our annual […]

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