LDS Venturing Blog #5: Priests Quorums & Venturing

Let’s look at the priests’ quorums and the Venturing program using the Learn-Act-Share model of teaching and learning. Instead of my writing a lot of things down and such, I want each of you to ponder on the following questions and ideas. Remember, this is your program to strengthen your young men. Ready? Let’s begin: […]

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Mac’s Message #78: Scouting in the Church is All About the Priesthood

There is a persistent and enduring myth in the Church that Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood are two separate programs. Just this past week, in a Scouting committee meeting in my own ward, a recently-called, first-time Scoutmaster lamented, “I know Scouting is supposed to be separate from the priesthood, but I think the boys can […]

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Scouting Spouses #3: Of Mountains and Men

  The Aaronic Priesthood was restored in the spring of 1829 on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. My family traveled there this summer and felt the powerful spirit of that sacred place. Scouting was founded in 1907 at Gilwell Park in England. While I have never been to Great Britain, I have […]

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Enlightened Eyes: Observations of the recent Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting

Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell drew heavily on his military training to inform his views about how to train and motivate young men. He had been in war with young men barely older than Scouting age, and had found that through training they could become resilient and inspired men. To those who would train such youth, […]

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Varsity Blog #3: What I wish I knew as a Varsity Team Coach

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Guilt, however, is not.  As I look back over a seven-year period during which I twice served as either a Varsity Team Coach or an assistant Varsity Team Coach, I can reflect on many of the wonderful experiences and accomplishments of the young men in our team. These included many […]

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LDS Venturing Blog #3: Learn, Act, Share

I want to keep this blog entry simple and easy. But with that being said, I hope that each of you associated with the Venturing program will look at the myriad of ways you can incorporate these three words seamlessly into your program: Learn, Act, Share. Be creative, innovative, and daring! Think about the manner the […]

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Seeds of Leadership

I have learned so much in recent months as I’ve attended the National BSA meetings, the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex Groundbreaking at Summit Bechtel Reserve, and Philmont Scout Ranch for the two weeks of the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting. I have been deeply inspired as I’ve listened to great leaders repeatedly […]

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Stake Leaders and Families attend the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting

On a Saturday afternoon in July, carloads of travel-weary but excited families drive up a tree-lined road at the Philmont Training Center in northern New Mexico. Members of the Young Men and Primary general presidencies greet the vehicles of parents and children as they arrive at the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting, a week-long training […]

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Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony: A Photo Journey

  Hundreds gathered for the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex groundbreaking ceremonies at the Summit Bechtel Reserve during a succession of events June 14 -15, 2016. Following is a series of photos, quotes, and information about the historical happenings. Tuesday, June 14 Visitors arrived from around the country in Beckley, West Virginia. While the […]

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks, Church leaders appointed to key positions at Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was the keynote speaker at the Boy Scouts of America Duty to God Breakfast in San Diego on May 26. As a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board, Elder Holland spoke to 1600 attendees—key BSA volunteers and professionals—about the importance of duty to God. “In a day when some people […]

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Mac’s Message #76: The Inseparable Connection of LDS Scouting to the Priesthood

For seventy-five weeks my messages on the LDS-BSA Relationships blog were crafted to try to convince adult Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting leaders of the value of providing a quality Scouting experience for the young men of the Church. I particularly had hoped these leaders would see the imperative connection of using Scouting experiences as a […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #15: Planning Your EYO Program

Planning an eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout program has significant challenges that non Latter-day Saint Scout units do not struggle with. Because boys advance in the Primary Scouting programs based on their birthday, each boy is on an individual advancement basis that begins on their birthday. The EYO Scout leader can have new Scouts entering and exiting […]

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