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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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #22: How the Order of the Arrow Can Help Teachers and Priests

Eric was a typical Latter-day Saint 13-year-old deacon and Star Scout when he joined the Order of the Arrow. He had developed a love of Scouting and its ideals during his time in his ward’s Cub Scout, new-Scout patrol, and Boy Scout troop programs. But within a few months Eric would turn 14 and would […]

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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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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #20: The Ordeal

Muffled footsteps on damp ground signaled the approach of an expected group. From the darkness emerged a collection of young men along with a couple of adults, each outfitted in his own way for a night of solitary camping. In the shadows of our dimly-lit circle I could make out anticipation and apprehension on the […]

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LDS-BSA Jamboree News #3: Report on Jamboree from a Commissioner

WOW! That is the one word I would use to describe the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, attended by nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors at The Bechtel Summit. In 2010 and 2013 I was on the Family Life merit badge staff at the jamboree. This year I went as staff to sub-camp C3 and […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #28: Growing Your Youth Leadership Development Skills

In the latest edition of The Scouting Bridge, the Young Men General Presidency theme was on letting the youth lead. In this blog I want to focus on approaches the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader can use to teach and train EYO Scouts to lead. The EYO Scout patrol leader’s success as a boy leader is […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #10: Agency is the Doctrinal Foundation of the Patrol Method

For one particular troop meeting, our patrol leaders’ council planned the skill instruction portion of our troop meeting to be on music. That sounded good to me until they told me that one of the instruments they would be giving instruction on was an electric guitar. We met in the Primary room of our building […]

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Safety Moment: Will You Be a Rescue Statistic?

  The Boston Globe recently reported that from 2004 to 2014 a total of 46,609 people required search and rescue aid– and that is just in the country’s national parks.  The Globe further reported the death toll from those needing rescue was 1,578 with another 13,957 people injured and a rescue cost exceeding $51 million.  […]

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A Minute with Mark: Takeaways from Top Hands

Last week I attended the annual Top Hands conference for professional BSA leaders from across the nation. We gathered in Dallas, Texas, for five days of learning and collaboration. One of the significant things that Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, discussed with us was Youth Protection. Mike was passionate and adamant in his remarks. The […]

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Stake Leaders and Families Attend the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting

On a Saturday afternoon in July, carloads of travel-weary but excited families drive up a tree-lined road at the Philmont Training Center in northeastern New Mexico. Members of the Young Men and Primary General Presidencies greet the vehicles of parents and children as they arrive at the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting, a week-long training […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #19: The Vigil Honor

Weary but happy. That’s how the small group of young men in uniform looked as they smiled in the crisp sunrise air listening to bird calls and waves on the lakeshore. Along with the handful of other Scouts and Scouters present that recent morning, each of these new Vigil Honor members of the Order of […]

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A Minute with Mark – Thoughts from the LDS-BSA Relationships Director

This summer I spent time at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The Jamboree was an incredible experience in many ways. Young men and women had exciting and challenging outdoor experiences. Adult leaders served in selfless and amazing ways. People from across our nation—and […]

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