Stan’s EYO Blog #34: Fellowship and Friendship

“As I have loved you, love one another” begins hymn 308. This is just the remedy that many a Primary boy seeks in life. Boys today are beset on many sides by those whose own self-interest pushes others into isolation and a friendless world through bullying and other forms of social rejection. Boys seek solace […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #17: The Prophetic Revelation on “Ministering” and the Scout-led Troop

Although our 12-13-year-old Scouts are not directly affected by the recent changes in “ministering” in the Church, they are definitely affected by the principles underlying these changes. When a historic change in church policy or practice is announced, it is tempting to focus on the mechanical aspects of the change to make sure we are […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #26: Order of the Arrow SURGE-ing for LDS Scouts

I was once a 13-year-old Scout hoping that my troop members would elect me to become a nominee for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Not being particularly popular among my peers, I remember waiting nervously while an OA election team counted votes after conducting an election in my troop. The announcement that I […]

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Mac’s Message #83: Helping Boys Live Up to Their Potential as a Chosen Generation

I love watching the Aaronic Priesthood young men fulfill their duty to God. I am spiritually and emotionally touched every time I witness these faithful servants prepare, bless, and pass the sacrament. I’m amazed when I see them giving selfless service to the Church and in the community. I’m impressed when I watch boys cooperating […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #16: What LDS Scouters can learn from the Changes to the Young Women Camp Guide

Less than three-weeks ago the Church announced changes to the Young Women Camp Guide. Highlighted among those changes are “eliminating certification and emphasizing youth leaders.” There appears to be a trend in working with youth leaders in the Church. Train them younger and give them more responsibility to actually lead. Not just talk about it […]

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Scouting Success Stories

When Shakespeare’s Henry V spoke of his “band of brothers,” he described an empowering bond–forged under extraordinary circumstances–that elevates normal people and normal relationships above the every-day course of life. Usually with far less drama, Scouts and Scout leaders purposefully engage in such a process of taking young people out of their normal patterns to […]

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Mac’s Message #82: Don’t Leave the Path

Today everyone seems to be familiar with the book, The Hobbit, even if only from having seen the trilogy of Hobbit movies. In one passage, Gandalf separates from Bilbo and the dwarfs at the edge of Mirkwood Forest to go slay a dragon. Before he departs, Gandalf leaves with a stern warning, “Don’t leave the […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #25: The Order of the Arrow Exists to Help the Troop

At our district’s recent Klondike derby event, I ran into Al, a boy who joined the Order of the Arrow a while ago and who is a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood. Al didn’t serve on the event staff with ten of his fellow OA chapter members. He camped in the snow and participated in […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #33: Using the Patrol Method to Achieve the Aims of Scouting

Scouting uses different methods to achieve its aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods of Scouting include Scouting ideals, patrols, outdoor programs, advancement, adult association, personal growth, leadership development, and uniform. Each of these methods is individually important in achieving the aims of Scouting as well as the mission and vision […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #15: The Converting Power of the Outdoors

When I was a boy growing up, my parents took us five kids camping every summer for two or three weeks. We traveled to places all over the Western United States: Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe, Bryce, Zion, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone, to name a few. We had no money for hotel rooms, restaurants, […]

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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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