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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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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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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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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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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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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LDS Commissioner Orientation Now Online!

Introducing a new training module designed specifically for commissioners assigned to LDS units! The LDS Commissioner Orientation is a beginning training for high council advisors, members of stake Young Men presidencies, members of stake Primary presidencies (if designated by the stake presidency), and others assisting them in the role of commissioners. Narrated by former Young […]

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Safety Moment: Why Do We Encourage You to be Youth Protection Trained?

According to the Department of Justice, 60% of all children are victimized (in varying forms) before adulthood.  Although child sexual abuse (CSA) receives more press coverage and attention, it is only a small slice of the potential range of abuse that children may face. Abuse can range from maltreatment or neglect to physical or sexual […]

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Safety Moment: Preparing to Drive Safely

  The Scout Law reminds us: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Now think about your last road trip. Were you courteous and kind to other drivers? Obedient to traffic laws? Cheerful? The driver’s seat of a vehicle, particularly when you have a carload of […]

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Mac’s Message #77: The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge Training

Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to the Primary and Young Men programs in the Church. Now imagine another outdoor setting where faithful Scouting leaders—both members and non-members of the Church—learn how to conduct the Scouting program […]

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Safety Moment: Outdoor Hazards–Objective And Subjective

Education for outdoor dangers can be learned in multiple ways; probably the least effective is from personal experience. The problem with learning by experience is that the test comes before the lesson. Unfortunately, at times that kind of education can be deadly. Learning from others’ experiences, otherwise known as “training,” presents a much safer alternative. […]

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