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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Safety Moment: Water Safety & the Safe Swim Defense

Pools, lakes, ponds, rivers, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. Water also can be dangerous for Scouts if adult leadership does not take the proper precautions. National statistics show that nearly 1,000 children die each year by drowning, the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages […]

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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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Mac’s Message #80: Scouting Connects Young Men to Heaven

“Scouting is not about awards; it’s about experiences,” said Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, at the recent LDS-BSA Relationships Seminar held before April general conference. “It’s about experiences that matter.” The experiences that matter most in Scouting are those that bring young men to Christ and help them “become […]

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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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Safety Moment: So the Tour & Activity Plan is Gone…Now What?

For more than 50 years the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has used some form of planning and review tool, which was submitted to the local council or BSA National offices for review. As of April 1, 2017, the Tour and Activity Plan (T&AP) is no longer available. This is the result of an evaluation […]

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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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