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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A Minute with Mark: Remembering President Thomas S. Monson

On Tuesday, January 2nd 2018, President Thomas S. Monson, our beloved Prophet, passed away. The next morning the Boy Scouts of America released the following statement through Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh: The Boy Scouts of America is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #31: Eleven-year-old Scout Day Camp or Camporee

Part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program is to have an annual big adventure. Older youth in the teachers and priests quorums plan and go on high adventures. The deacons quorums attend or conduct Scout summer camp. Cub Scouts also participate in day camps as part of a Cub Scout pack’s summertime program. […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #13: The First Presidency’s Statements regarding Eagle Scouts

On May 11, 2017, the First Presidency announced that effective January 1, 2018, the Church will discontinue its Varsity and Venturing Scouting programs for young men ages 14–18. However, the First Presidency letter also states that “young men over the age of 14 who desire to continue to work toward the rank of Eagle Scout […]

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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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The Scout-led Troop Blog #12: The Simplicity of Scouting

Scouting is simple. Boys organize into patrols. The patrol leader leads. The patrols plan their own activities. They have fun with their friends. They are responsible for making things happen. They pack their own packs. They plan their own meals. They are responsible. They cook, camp, hike, swim, and climb. Mostly in the great outdoors. […]

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Safety Moment – Get the 411…

What do nuclear power plants, construction sites, aircraft carriers, and many hospitals have in common with Scouting? All constantly look for ways to eliminate hazards that could be life altering or fatal. One tool used by many safety-conscious groups is the safety moment or briefing that starts each meeting or activity with a pause to […]

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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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