Mac’s Message #36: Strengthen the Testimonies of Your Young Men

I marvel at the brilliance of the structure of the Duty to God process. Each step of the learn, act, and share method is designed to help a young man feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost. Each step builds upon itself and ends in a spiritual crescendo of a boy bearing solemn […]

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Mac’s Message #31: Why Boys Acquire Merit Badges

I hate to be redundant in this week’s blog message, but people learn better through repetition. One of the things you will notice about my blog messages is that I primarily focus on explaining the why of specific elements of LDS Scouting rather than delving into how to do it. There are countless resources available […]

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Mac’s Message #30: Proper Emphasis on Acquiring Rank Advancement and Merit Badges

On September 28, 2001, the First Presidency sent a letter to priesthood leaders in the United States and Canada which stated: “We desire all young men to strive to earn the Eagle Scout and Duty to God Awards” (emphasis added). But why do the leaders of the Church want young men to strive to become […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #4: My EYO Experience

  Sharing our Scouting experiences is one way we strengthen each other, so I thought I’d share one of my eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout experiences with you. Hopefully it will give you some ideas as you deliver on the promise of Scouting. After the bishop extended this calling to me, I recall carefully and prayerfully pondering […]

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Mac’s Message #29: The Importance of the Scout Uniform

  Your boys can tell whether you have a testimony of Scouting and whether you are committed to your calling. They can hear it in your words, see it in your behaviors, observe it in your actions, and sense it in your attitude. Before I gained a testimony of Scouting (Mac’s Message #1), I was […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #3: They Come for the Games!

Keeping your boys excited about attending Scouts each week should be part of your planning. Understanding the characteristics of eleven-year-old boys will help you design meetings with your eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout patrol leader that has all your EYO Scouts eager to attend each week. My approach as an EYO Scout leader was that the boys […]

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Stan’s Eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouting Blog #2: Program Changes and You

New program changes are coming to both the Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs. The new changes to the Boy Scout program go into effect in January of 2016, still a ways out. But in May of 2015 elements of the Cub Scout program will be changing that will affect you as an eleven-year-old (EYO) […]

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Stan’s Eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouting Blog #1: Setting the Stage

Delivering Scouting for eleven-year-old (EYO) boys can be an enriching experience, both for you as the EYO Scout leader as well as for the youth you serve. The EYO program occurs at a critical juncture in the life of a young man—at that marvelous in-between time as he leaves the Primary and receives the priesthood. […]

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