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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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #21: Brotherhood Membership

Four young men from my Order of the Arrow chapter recently joined other members of my lodge who had been Ordeal members for at least 10 months to discuss how each had fulfilled the high ideals learned during their Ordeal. That evening I attended a ceremony where each of these youth were recognized as a […]

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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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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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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #18: Developing Servant Leaders

A young man visiting our staff campsite earnestly asked our course director about how to deal with a situation that had developed while his clan attempted to carry out a task. This Scout, who was a leader in our Order of the Arrow lodge was clearly frustrated. After making some broad suggestions that amounted to […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #17: “Service is much more than a project; it’s a way of life”

Night was falling as I stood outside the main lodge of a Scout camp earlier this month. The air seemed to tingle with anticipation as many boys in Scout uniforms lined up with sleeping bags in tow. One boy approached me and asked when we were going to head up to the ceremony site. I […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #16: You Can Help Boys Who Wish to Continue Scouting

“How is this change going to affect your organization?” an adult Scouter asked me. By “your organization” he meant the Order of the Arrow. I have lost count of the number of times this question has been posed to me in some form since the First Presidency announced on May 11, 2017 that the Church […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #15: How OA SURGE Can Help Your Troop or Team

My Scoutmaster, Big Al appreciated what Order of the Arrow membership did for our large troop and for the boys in the troop. Over the years, the troop members that joined the OA repeatedly became servant leaders who made Big Al’s job easier. He couldn’t imagine foregoing this wonderful benefit. I recently attended an OA […]

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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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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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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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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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