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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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #18: Developing Servant Leaders

A young man visiting our staff campsite earnestly asked our course director about how to deal with a situation that had developed while his clan attempted to carry out a task. This Scout, who was a leader in our Order of the Arrow lodge was clearly frustrated. After making some broad suggestions that amounted to […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #8: The Patrol Method Helps Scouts Develop the Confidence to Really Lead

Recently, I attended a troop meeting just as an observer. The troop was holding a “shakedown” to make sure all of the Scouts had everything they needed for their summer camp and, hopefully, did not have anything they should not be bringing. The Scoutmaster sat at the front of the room the entire meeting and, […]

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LDS-BSA Relationships Jamboree News #2 – It begins next Week!

Next week tens of thousands of young men and women and their leaders will arrive at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley, West Virginia for the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree. While there, they will have an opportunity to participate in whitewater rafting, shooting sports, scuba diving, zip lines, BMX and mountain biking, and many […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #17: “Service is much more than a project; it’s a way of life”

Night was falling as I stood outside the main lodge of a Scout camp earlier this month. The air seemed to tingle with anticipation as many boys in Scout uniforms lined up with sleeping bags in tow. One boy approached me and asked when we were going to head up to the ceremony site. I […]

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The Scout-led Troop Blog #7: “Positions of Responsibility” – A Blessing or a Curse?

As Committee Chair, I recently met with a Scout who told me he was ready to submit his Eagle Scout application and wanted some help. I asked him what his “position of responsibility” was in his unit and he looked at me like a “deer in headlights.” Unfortunately for me, over the years, this has […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #16: You Can Help Boys Who Wish to Continue Scouting

“How is this change going to affect your organization?” an adult Scouter asked me. By “your organization” he meant the Order of the Arrow. I have lost count of the number of times this question has been posed to me in some form since the First Presidency announced on May 11, 2017 that the Church […]

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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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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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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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The Scout-Led Troop Blog #5 – Part 1: Do You Trust Your Scouts Enough to Let Them Lead?

When I sat down with our new senior patrol leader and told him that we had decided that the adults were no longer going to run the troop and that he would now be in charge and make decisions, he looked at me like a “deer in headlights.” Like most 13 year-old young men, I […]

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