Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #26: Order of the Arrow SURGE-ing for LDS Scouts

I was once a 13-year-old Scout hoping that my troop members would elect me to become a nominee for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Not being particularly popular among my peers, I remember waiting nervously while an OA election team counted votes after conducting an election in my troop. The announcement that I […]

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Mac’s Message #83: Helping Boys Live Up to Their Potential as a Chosen Generation

I love watching the Aaronic Priesthood young men fulfill their duty to God. I am spiritually and emotionally touched every time I witness these faithful servants prepare, bless, and pass the sacrament. I’m amazed when I see them giving selfless service to the Church and in the community. I’m impressed when I watch boys cooperating […]

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Scout-led Troop Blog #16: What LDS Scouters can learn from the Changes to the Young Women Camp Guide

Less than three-weeks ago the Church announced changes to the Young Women Camp Guide. Highlighted among those changes are “eliminating certification and emphasizing youth leaders.” There appears to be a trend in working with youth leaders in the Church. Train them younger and give them more responsibility to actually lead. Not just talk about it […]

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Hard is Good

“Boys, this will be the hardest thing you have ever done. Are you up for the challenge?” asked Scoutmaster Beckham of his Troop 747. “We are going on a tough, possibly dangerous, hike from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 17 miles down to the historic Phantom Ranch, then back out again. All this […]

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History Highlights: Roll Out The Thunder! – The Story of the Camp Bartlett Staff Song

Did you “Roll out the Thunder” at Boy Scout summer camp? Can you “hike the whole day through?” Or, “Row or paddle a canoe?” Can you “shoot or swim or trap a BEAR o’er the mountains…?” If these phrases are familiar to you, then you likely sang the camp song, “Roll out the Thunder.” Used […]

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Scouting Success Stories

When Shakespeare’s Henry V spoke of his “band of brothers,” he described an empowering bond–forged under extraordinary circumstances–that elevates normal people and normal relationships above the every-day course of life. Usually with far less drama, Scouts and Scout leaders purposefully engage in such a process of taking young people out of their normal patterns to […]

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