Safety Moment: Drowsy Driving —- Death by zzzzzz

It is late afternoon. You just finished cleaning up the last of the gear from Scout camp. The activities of the past few days have worn you down. The closing campfire ran late last night and you had an early morning to start breaking down camp. You cannot wait to be home. As you climb […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #4: Selfless Service is the Heart of the OA

Manually hauling large logs pocked with lead shot at my Order of the Arrow Ordeal wasn’t my idea of fun. But the decaying hulks needed to be removed to improve the rifle range backstop at a Scout camp in Idaho and I was among those assigned to help. We kept lugging the seemingly countless logs […]

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Mac’s Message #76: The Inseparable Connection of LDS Scouting to the Priesthood

For seventy-five weeks my messages on the LDS-BSA Relationships blog were crafted to try to convince adult Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting leaders of the value of providing a quality Scouting experience for the young men of the Church. I particularly had hoped these leaders would see the imperative connection of using Scouting experiences as a […]

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Safety Moment: A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May is National Water Safety Month—“What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?” Those were my first thoughts until I started looking at the statistics. “Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. . . . About one in five people who die […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #3: Why Cheerfulness in Service is Such a Big Deal

My gaze was naturally drawn to the mound of shaving cream that filled the pie tin that sat ominously on the table between me and the adult leader opposite of me. The two of us had been asked to participate in a friendly challenge, taking turns answering questions about the Order of the Arrow at […]

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Scouting Moms #4: Benefitting the BSA

I love Anne of Green Gables, the book by Canadian author Lucy M. Montgomery. One of my favorite quotes is from Matthew Cuthbert. Matthew and his sister, Marilla, a bachelor and spinster sibling pair with no children, are discussing whether or not it would be advisable to adopt orphaned Anne Shirley into their home. Naturally, […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #2: The Ties Of Brotherhood

My Ordeal, the overnight experience where I was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, tested and stretched my capabilities. Almost none of the others in attendance were familiar to me. I felt very alone. Little did I know how much that would change. While my first OA brothers were friends from my home troop, […]

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Scouting Spouses #2: Thinking of Going to Philmont? A Guide for Nervous Spouses

The first time I went to Philmont Scout Ranch was as a 14-year-old youth. I had a great experience! My older sister and I participated in the backpacking Mountain Trek. We said goodbye to our families that first day and then spent the rest of our Philmont time hiking through the backcountry, sleeping in tents, […]

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Mac’s Message #75: Purpose-Driven Leadership

For seventy-five weeks I have been writing my blog messages, repeatedly proclaiming that there is a reason and a purpose for every element of the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting programs. It has been my hope that when adult Young Men leaders know the whys behind the whats of these programs they will be more inclined […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #1: The Order of the Arrow: WHY?

I couldn’t take my eyes off the sashes worn by the young men in seasoned Scout uniforms. Each wore a white sash emblazoned with a shiny embroidered red arrow pointing over his right shoulder. To my 12-year-old eyes, these 15- and 16-year-old boys seemed rugged and mature. Although I still didn’t know much about the […]

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Scouting Moms #2: Eagle Scouts—A Mother’s Perspective

Last February my second son received his Eagle Scout Award. A few weeks later, a post by BSA blogger Bryan Wendell about Eagle Scout rankings cited Utah as the state which produced the most Eagle Scouts in 2014, “Thanks in large part to the strong support Scouting receives from the LDS Church there.” (Read all […]

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Mac’s Message #74: Build a Brotherhood in Your AP Quorum and Scouting Unit

When I was Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting age I was barely active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My entire family was then, and is now, completely inactive. But, for some reason I occasionally felt compelled to go to Mutual or to get up on Sunday morning to attend church. I probably […]

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