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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Mac’s Message #81: The New Teacher-Priest Activity Program

As an organizational development consultant specializing in strategic planning, I help company executives define their overarching strategic intentions, clearly understand what business they are in, and know why they exist. On May 11, 2017, the First Presidency announced that the Church will no longer sponsor Varsity and Venturing programs after this year. This has spurred […]

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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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The Scout-Led Troop Blog #6: “Guided Discovery” and Conversion

Our goal as LDS Scouters is unique. It is to: “Help young men become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfill their divine roles” (Young Men Auxiliary Training). The Young Men General Presidency has suggested three ways to accomplish this goal: Be with them. Connect them with heaven. Let them lead. This blog focuses […]

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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: So the Tour & Activity Plan is Gone…Now What?

For more than 50 years the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has used some form of planning and review tool, which was submitted to the local council or BSA National offices for review. As of April 1, 2017, the Tour and Activity Plan (T&AP) is no longer available. This is the result of an evaluation […]

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The Scout-Led Troop Blog #5 – Part 2: Do You Trust Your Scouts Enough to Let Them Lead?

In the October 2016 general conference, Elder J. Devn Cornish shared an experience he had after graduating from medical school and was in a pediatric residency training in a high-powered, competitive program. He was faced with a challenging assignment and felt unqualified to meet it. In his despair, he alternated between sobbing and sleeping and […]

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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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Scouting—Isn’t It About Time?

Some months ago, I was asked to speak at a Scouting venue. In preparation, I wrote to my missionary son and asked what stood out to him in Scouting and what made the biggest difference for him during his teenage years. His response made me ponder the critical role of leaders in the lives of […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #23: Being with your Eleven-Year-Old Scouts

As the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader, you will enjoy so very many opportunities to be with the youth of the Primary, especially the boys you serve. From the moment they first meet you, they will be sizing you up and trying to “figure you out.” Most of them will not realize it, but they need […]

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Mac’s Message #79: An Influence for Good

It is impossible to measure the impact a faithful Scouting leader can have on the life of a young man. You can be a defining influence that helps establish a firm foundation of spiritual and moral character that prepares him for the opportunities and challenges in his future. Association with adults is one of the […]

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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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