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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Scouting Spouses #3: Of Mountains and Men

  The Aaronic Priesthood was restored in the spring of 1829 on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. My family traveled there this summer and felt the powerful spirit of that sacred place. Scouting was founded in 1907 at Gilwell Park in England. While I have never been to Great Britain, I have […]

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Mac’s Message #77: The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge Training

Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to the Primary and Young Men programs in the Church. Now imagine another outdoor setting where faithful Scouting leaders—both members and non-members of the Church—learn how to conduct the Scouting program […]

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Enlightened Eyes: Observations of the recent Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting

Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell drew heavily on his military training to inform his views about how to train and motivate young men. He had been in war with young men barely older than Scouting age, and had found that through training they could become resilient and inspired men. To those who would train such youth, […]

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Scouting Moms #7: My Cub Scouting Philmont Experience

I currently serve as a ward Primary president. My wonderful calling gives me all of the blessings and challenges that I know so many other Primary presidents encounter. One of these blessings (or challenges) is Cub Scouting. During my service in the Primary I have seen our Cub Scout program bless boys and their families, […]

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Seeds of Leadership

I have learned so much in recent months as I’ve attended the National BSA meetings, the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex Groundbreaking at Summit Bechtel Reserve, and Philmont Scout Ranch for the two weeks of the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting. I have been deeply inspired as I’ve listened to great leaders repeatedly […]

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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 northern 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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Varsity Blog #1: Learn the Varsity Method for LDS Teams—Live the Philmont Dream

“Dad, can we come back here next year? This was the best family vacation ever!” The Philmont Training Center doesn’t claim to be a Disney vacation, but Varsity Scouters and their families discover that even more fun, learning, adventure, and “together time” can happen at the Philmont Training Center (referred to as PTC). And when […]

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Scouting Spouses #2: Thinking of Going to Philmont? A Guide for Nervous Spouses

The first time I went to Philmont Scout Ranch was as a 14-year-old youth. I had a great experience! My older sister and I participated in the backpacking Mountain Trek. We said goodbye to our families that first day and then spent the rest of our Philmont time hiking through the backcountry, sleeping in tents, […]

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LDS Philmont Experiences

Do you want to go to Philmont this summer to improve Scouting in your LDS unit, yet you aren’t serving in a stake presidency? While the popular “LDS Scouting Leadership Conference” sessions are reserved only for specific stake leadership, there are also three other Philmont sessions with LDS Scouting tips open to any Church Scouting […]

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Philmont 2013

A CELEBRATION AT PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH “Happy Birthday dear Scouting,” sang over 300 participants at Philmont Scout Ranch, in Cimarron, New Mexico, on July 3, 2013, before blowing out candles on two large birthday cakes. Sister Rosemary Wixom, Primary general president, and Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, cut the cakes when the […]

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