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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Scouting—Isn’t It About Time?

Some months ago, I was asked to speak at a Scouting venue. In preparation, I wrote to my missionary son and asked what stood out to him in Scouting and what made the biggest difference for him during his teenage years. His response made me ponder the critical role of leaders in the lives of […]

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Funding your Scouting Program

As a young Scout I always enjoyed participating on hikes and other outdoor activities. I remember each time mowing lawns and doing other odd jobs to earn the money to go. While it was not easy, I knew that if I was to go to the activity, I had to make it happen. Over the […]

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Safety Moment – The Character of Safety

“Every wrong choice is preceded by a series of unwise choices.” —Andy Stanley, The Best Question Ever As a young boy I grew up in a small farming community in Southeastern Idaho. The summers could be hot and sometimes boring. One particularly hot July day a group of my friends and I decided the best […]

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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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Mac’s Message #79: An Influence for Good

It is impossible to measure the impact a faithful Scouting leader can have on the life of a young man. You can be a defining influence that helps establish a firm foundation of spiritual and moral character that prepares him for the opportunities and challenges in his future. Association with adults is one of the […]

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