History Highlights: A Poem ~ by Vaughn J. Featherstone

S.M.E. (A Discourse on Funding for Scouts) By Vaughn J. Featherstone Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board Shared at Philmont Scout Ranch 1989 *Note: S.M.E. stands for Sustaining Membership Enrollment. Today, BSA council fundraising is referred to as Friends of Scouting, or FOS. The trouble most find with Boy Scouts Is the money required […]

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History Highlights #6: THE EARLY YEARS 1913 ~ 1919

A flag ceremony at an early LDS Boy Scout campout There is no religious side to the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realisation and service of God. —Lord Robert Baden-Powell The Boy Scouts of America gained momentum and popularity across the country. By January 1913, over 6,000 […]

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History Highlights #5: MIA SCOUTS 1911 ~ 1913

If the Boy Scout Organization can take the New York City lad out into the forests of New York State and . . . develop in him a wholesome sympathy for and appreciation of the work done by the early pathfinders of America, how much more so could such a movement here in the west among […]

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History Highlights #4: What about the Girls?

Why did the Young Mens Mutual Improvement Association affiliate with the Boy Scouts of America in 1913, yet the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association of the same time period continue developing their own activity and personal progress programs? Did the Church ever consider partnership with the Camp Fire Girls, Girl Scouts or Girl Guides? And […]

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History Highlights #3: THE SCOUTING MOVEMENT 1907–1910

Our aim in the [Scouting] Movement is to give such help as we can in bringing about God’s Kingdom on earth, by inculcating among youth the spirit and the daily practice in their lives of unselfish goodwill and co-operation.
  —Robert Baden-Powell Concern for the moral upbringing of young people was not only felt by Church […]

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History Highlights #1: Behind the Book

  Welcome to a new stream of LDS-BSA blogs, “History Highlights.” These posts will provide facts and photos from the history of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In July 2013, the book Century of Honor: 100 Years of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was published by […]

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