What defines who You are?

Grant H. couldn’t wait to put on his Cub Scout shirt. He had six more months before he turned eight, but in private he wore it around the house with pride. Grant’s mother, Laura, said to him, “I notice when you have your shirt on, you seem happier.” Grant pondered, “I think I feel, well, […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #26: Order of the Arrow SURGE-ing for LDS Scouts

I was once a 13-year-old Scout hoping that my troop members would elect me to become a nominee for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Not being particularly popular among my peers, I remember waiting nervously while an OA election team counted votes after conducting an election in my troop. The announcement that I […]

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Mac’s Message #83: Helping Boys Live Up to Their Potential as a Chosen Generation

I love watching the Aaronic Priesthood young men fulfill their duty to God. I am spiritually and emotionally touched every time I witness these faithful servants prepare, bless, and pass the sacrament. I’m amazed when I see them giving selfless service to the Church and in the community. I’m impressed when I watch boys cooperating […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #16: What LDS Scouters can learn from the Changes to the Young Women Camp Guide

Less than three-weeks ago the Church announced changes to the Young Women Camp Guide. Highlighted among those changes are “eliminating certification and emphasizing youth leaders.” There appears to be a trend in working with youth leaders in the Church. Train them younger and give them more responsibility to actually lead. Not just talk about it […]

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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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Mac’s Message #82: Don’t Leave the Path

Today everyone seems to be familiar with the book, The Hobbit, even if only from having seen the trilogy of Hobbit movies. In one passage, Gandalf separates from Bilbo and the dwarfs at the edge of Mirkwood Forest to go slay a dragon. Before he departs, Gandalf leaves with a stern warning, “Don’t leave the […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #25: The Order of the Arrow Exists to Help the Troop

At our district’s recent Klondike derby event, I ran into Al, a boy who joined the Order of the Arrow a while ago and who is a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood. Al didn’t serve on the event staff with ten of his fellow OA chapter members. He camped in the snow and participated in […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #15: The Converting Power of the Outdoors

When I was a boy growing up, my parents took us five kids camping every summer for two or three weeks. We traveled to places all over the Western United States: Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe, Bryce, Zion, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone, to name a few. We had no money for hotel rooms, restaurants, […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #24: How OA Members in Your Troop Can Help the Troop

Cory was nominated by his LDS-sponsored troop to be a candidate for the Order of the Arrow at age 13. A few months later Cory attended an Ordeal where he joined the Order. He soon became the unofficial troop OA representative, setting a strong example even for troop members who had joined the OA before […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #14: “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt, “Scoutmaster to the World”

Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a weak boy who did not like to play games and did not care for other boys. He was born in 1900 in Aarhus, Denmark, and lived in his own dream world. When he was 9 years old, he wrote a poem about trolls and elves […]

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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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