Mac’s Message #73: Saving Our Young Men

At the Priesthood Leadership Conference at Philmont in 2005, Charles W. Dahlquist announced that 48% of active deacons in the Church never become elders in the Melchizedek Priesthood. Of those boys who remain active and become priests, 33% never become elders (personal notes from the conference). If these sobering statistics remain the same today it […]

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Scouting Spouses #1: The Scouting Spirit

“I’ve got that Scouting Spirit up in my head…” You have likely heard or sung that song at a campfire or pack meeting. And it may be your most—or least—favorite tune. But all music aside, I’m writing today about the Scouting Spirit. There is an undeniable spirit in Scouting. I can’t fully explain why, but […]

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Mac’s Message #72: Four Types of LDS Scouting Programs

  Yogi Berra, the famous catcher and manager of the New York Yankees, known for his malapropisms, said “You can observe a lot by watching.” During my many years of involvement with the Young Men program of the Church I have had the opportunity to watch a lot of LDS Scouting units in action. And […]

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Safety Moment: Preparing For Weather Hazards

The Scout troop sponsored by my ward has a simple safety philosophy. Before each activity, the leaders remind the boys, “Let’s not do anything today that might get us on the news.” While this light-hearted approach may not cover everything, it’s certainly a good place to start. One important way to keep your troop out […]

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Mac’s Message #71: To Keep Myself Morally Straight

When a young man recites the Scout Oath he promises to keep himself morally straight. The dictionary defines morals as principles or standards of behavior considered right or wrong by most people. Although the moral standards of the world may change, the Lord’s moral standards are clear and consistent. To LDS young men, the way […]

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Scouting Moms #1: Boy Scouting – From a Girl’s Perspective

On February 8, 2016, the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 106th birthday. Founded in 1907 in England by Robert Baden-Powell, the Scouting movement was established on the belief that boys could be taught character through outdoor activities conducted under the guidance of a Scoutmaster. American publisher William Boyce brought Scouting to the United […]

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Mac’s Message #70: To Keep Myself Mentally Awake

This past week I was facilitating one of my custom-designed management training courses for a large client company in the upper Midwest. In attendance were twenty-five front-line managers from that organization. Like always, I could tell within a few hours which of those managers would be successful in their careers and which ones had probably […]

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Scouting Moms and Scouting Spouses: Time to Share!

“There is value in having women’s voices influence Scouting. It is often the mothers who make Scouting happen and help their sons through the process,” (“A Conversation with Sister Rosemary Wixom,” May 22, 2014). I was with Sister Wixom in 2014 when she made this statement. And I believe it. Women influence Scouting. Just as […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #12: Building Faith in God through Scouting

Last month’s blog showed how you can do pioneering in December by staying indoors and doing knots and lashings on a miniature scale. This month, I want to show how you can turn that pioneering project into a Faith in God activity by having the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts build King Benjamin’s tower (using their newly […]

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Mac’s Message #69: To Keep Myself Physically Strong

As of January 1, 2016, new Boy Scout requirements place a greater emphasis on Scouts being physically active. New requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks challenge Scouts to improve their physical stamina through various activities. Scouts will have to track their progress while performing physical exercises over a set period of time. […]

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Mac’s Message #68: To Help Other People at All Times

Today I wish to discuss my favorite part of the Scout Oath—the pledge a young man makes to “help other people at all times.” Sadly, we seem to be living in a world where the hearts of many men have grown cold. Some people are so self-focused and self-contained they don’t seem to care about […]

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Mac’s Message #67: To Obey the Scout Law

As an organizational development consultant I have facilitated many executive retreats where the leadership team of the organization spent hours formulating the mission statement for their company. They painstakingly wordsmithed their document to ensure it expressed the exact meaning they wished to convey. This is why I struggle with the phrase in the Scout Oath […]

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