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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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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The Scout-led Troop Blog #9: We’re Raising Boys, Not Cows

Years ago, I looked across the street from my home and saw my neighbor training his dog, a German shorthair pointer. He would give commands such as “heel,” “sit,” “roll-over,” or something like that. The dog obeyed perfectly. It was a beautiful sight. I thought, “Why can’t I train my children to be perfectly obedient […]

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Scouting Moms #9: Scouts ISN’T Church—Putting the OUT in Cub ScOUT

“We meet each week for Cub Scouts in this church classroom on Wednesday nights,” I once overheard a Wolf den leader announcing to a new eight-year-old boy and his parents. “Aaaggghhh!” I wanted to groan out loud. It wasn’t the first time I had heard of Cub Scouts meeting in a classroom. Cub Scouts isn’t […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #26: Summertime Fun!

It is summertime and a great time to have your eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts in the outdoors. Hikes, grand vistas, jumping over streams, seeing wildlife, discovering a bird nest, campfires, and star gazing are all great activities for your EYO Scouts. On July 9 and August 6 there will be a full moon, so the weekends […]

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Safety Moment: Water Safety & the Safe Swim Defense

Pools, lakes, ponds, rivers, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. Water also can be dangerous for Scouts if adult leadership does not take the proper precautions. National statistics show that nearly 1,000 children die each year by drowning, the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages […]

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Mac’s Message #80: Scouting Connects Young Men to Heaven

“Scouting is not about awards; it’s about experiences,” said Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, at the recent LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar held before April general conference. “It’s about experiences that matter.” The experiences that matter most in Scouting are those that bring young men to Christ and help them “become […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #25: Connecting Them with Heaven

Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, is quoted as saying “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God”. One of the highlights I remember when I was a Scout, and one that I liked to emphasize as an […]

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Scouting Moms #8: How Scouting Connected My Son to Heaven and Prepared Him to be a Missionary

  The Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” parallels the title of the Aaronic or “Preparatory” Priesthood. But how exactly does Scouting prepare young men to be honorable priesthood holders and missionaries? In my opinion, Scouting provides opportunities for boys to connect with heaven in difficult situations away from home. Here are a few experiences my own […]

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Safety Moment: Bidding Farewell to the Tour & Activity Plan

For more than 50 years the BSA has used some form of planning and review tool, which was submitted to the local council or BSA National offices for review. Effective April 1, 2017, Tour and Activity Plans (T&AP) will no longer be used.  This is the result of recent evaluation by cross-functional team within BSA, […]

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