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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Mac’s Message #66: To Do My Duty to My Country

President John F. Kennedy powerfully proclaimed in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” This clarion call should ring particularly loud for young men involved in Scouting, who pledge in the Scout Oath to do their duty to their country. President Kennedy promised, […]

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Mac’s Message #65: To Do My Duty to God

The first BSA Handbook for Boys published in 1911, says “No boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God” (page 250). In the Scout Oath a young man promises to do his best to do his duty to God. Lord Baden-Powell said this is the first duty of […]

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Mac’s Message #64: I Will Do My Best

Every boy involved in Scouting pledges to “do his best” when he recites the Scout Oath. He does not vow to try to do his best; he promises he will do his best. Perhaps Yoda, the venerable Jedi Master, explains this facet of the Scout Oath succinctly when he admonishes, “Do. Or do not. There […]

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Mac’s Message #63: On My Honor

Karl G. Maesar, the founder of Brigham Young University, said: “I have been asked what I mean by word of honor. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls—walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground—there is a possibility that in some way or another I […]

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Mac’s Message #62: The Scout Sign

If you are conducting your Scouting program properly you probably have your young men stand at the beginning of each weekly troop, team, or crew meeting to recite the Scout Oath, particularly since this oath is now the same pledge for all three units (and also the cub pack). Over the next several weeks of […]

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Mac’s Message #36: Strengthen the Testimonies of Your Young Men

I marvel at the brilliance of the structure of the Duty to God process. Each step of the learn, act, and share method is designed to help a young man feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost. Each step builds upon itself and ends in a spiritual crescendo of a boy bearing solemn […]

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Mac’s Message #35: Teach Your Young Men to Pray and Study the Scriptures

In order for a Scouting-age youth to fulfill his duty to God he must know how to pray and study the scriptures. When I first became active in the Church, most of the young adults with whom I associated thought I was a returned missionary. I was very knowledgeable about the gospel because I spent […]

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Mac’s Message #34: Duty to God Process Teaches Young Men How to Feel the Spirit

When I was a stake Young Men president several years ago I spoke in a priesthood leadership session of our stake conference. In my remarks I said that the greatest achievement a boy can attain during his years in the Young Men and Scouting programs is not: becoming an Eagle Scout, obtaining a Duty to […]

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Mac’s Message #33: Scouting and Duty to God

In the Scout Oath a young man pledges to do his duty to God. Duty to God is the first responsibility of a Scouting youth. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints young men of the Aaronic Priesthood are given a Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010) booklet to […]

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