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Feature Scout Sign Oath
By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 09, 2016

Scouters’ Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Utah National Parks Council has recently published a pledge outlining the things Scouting programs in the area will do for youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This pledge includes promises to teach boys to recognize the hand of God in their lives, to create ‘mountaintop’ spiritual experiences, to prepare them […]

LDS/BSA Relationship
By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 11, 2016

Scouting: Friend or Foe?

Earlier today, the Deseret News published an article by Nettie Francis, who helped compile a history of the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the 2013 LDS/BSA centennial celebration. Her article, “Scouting: Friend or foe?” draws on the organizations’ shared history to help members of the Church and […]

helping lady across the street
By Darryl Alder
Feb 08, 2016

106 Years Old and Still Serving

Thoughts on Personal Growth and Learning to Serve Today the BSA turns 106 years old. During its life there has been vitality and vigor alongside illness and moments of life support, but among the most enduring brand images it carries is the daily Good Turn. Of course, the iconic Scout helping the little old lady across […]

Blue and Gold
By Kevin Hunt
Feb 08, 2016

Scout Anniversary Commemoration Program

February is anniversary month for the Boy Scouts of America. It gives you a great chance to reflect with your Scouts on how the program started and has grown for over 100 years. Find a time this month to celebrate Scouting’s birthday with your youth. Kevin Hunt, a new blogger for The Boy Scout, found this […]

Scout Sunday Feature
By Darryl Alder
Feb 07, 2016

Reflections on Scout Sunday

This morning I awoke to a quiet dawn that broke into a blazing winter sunrise that gave me cause to reflect on the day—Scout Sunday 2016. Since 1958, this has always been a special day in my life. Members of my pack dressed in uniform and sat in our congregation while the deacons in Scout […]

Hunt Feature
By Kevin Hunt
Feb 06, 2016

A Hundred Years of Scouting and What it Has Made Me

Greetings! My name is Kevin Hunt [pictured with his book Scouting in the LDS Church: A Centennial History]. The Utah National Parks Council has invited me to become a regular blogger on “THE BOY SCOUT” blogsite (and perhaps other council communications). So, since you’ll be hearing from me regularly, I would like to introduce myself … […]

Venturing Training Feature
By Darryl Alder
Feb 05, 2016

Advisor Responsibilities

Fourth in the Venturing Leader Specific Training series In the series so far we covered: Aims and Methods of Venturing Crew Leadership Understanding Venturers In this post we describe your duties as an Advisor first by listing the main responsibilities of a crew Advisor. and then identifying events in the life of a crew where the Advisor has impact. Though […]

World Friendship Fund
By Ali Mohammad
Feb 04, 2016

Give $1–Make a Difference in World Scouting

At the end of World War II, Scouts of all ages in war-torn countries had lost everything and needed help to restart their Scouting programs.  In response to these Scouts’ needs, the World Friendship Fund was created.  Fundraising efforts were successful and, through the contributions of the members of the Boy Scouts of America, made […]

Bill of Rights
By Darryl Alder
Feb 01, 2016

Do You Want Scholarships for Scouting?

In just five days the first application is due, so ready quickly and get to work! This Sunday, Scout Sunday, February 7, 2016 the Bill of Rights Institute will stop taking applications for $20,000 in scholarships in its “We the Students Essay Contest.”  The annual essay contest specifically awards a Boy Scout a $2,500 scholarship, along with […]

Scouts at Temple
By Maria Milligan
Jan 31, 2016

5 Ways to Bring Sunday Lessons into Scout Activities, and Vice Versa

Scouting has always had Duty to God as a core part of its goals and methods. Baden-Powell famously said, “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God. Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims […]

Feature Bike
By Melinda Hotchkiss
Jan 30, 2016

Finding Scouting Again

I grew up in a home where Scouting was a big part of our life despite the fact I was an only child and a girl. My dad served as the Webelos den leader or 11 year old Scout leader for several years and often times I would tag along to help him. Some of […]

Boy Scout Dreams
By Susan Cheever
Jan 30, 2016

What is the Golden Question for a Boy-led Program ?

Scouting is a “boy-led program.” An effective boy-led program does not begin with the question, “What would you like to do?” That question does not invite the boys to take charge and plan a quality program. It authorizes them to take the easy way out. Almost every time I have heard someone ask the question, […]

Venturing Training Feature
By Darryl Alder
Jan 29, 2016

Understanding Venturers

Third in the Venturing Leader Specific Training series In Venturing Leader Specific Training we covered Aims and Methods of Venturing Crew Leadership Today we will describe typical developmental characteristics of Venturing-age youth and young adults. We will also Identify effective leadership styles to motivate Venturers and learn how to perform a reflection. Have you ever asked: “Why […]

Scouting University
By Kent Hansen
Jan 27, 2016

Early bird discount ends Feb 5th!!

Why are Michael and Jon this excited, so excited that they didn’t just make a single U, but joined forces to make a double-wide U?  It’s because they just read the University of Scouting catalog for the College of General Studies and found several courses that they could double up in to expand and extend […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 26, 2016

Pack Committee Challenge Part 2: The Pack Committee

(Read part 1 to this training course here) A pack committee must consist of at least three members, although most committees are larger. With a committee of three, members must assume responsibility for more areas of service than with a committee of seven or more. Since Cub Scouting is a fun, home-centered activity program, parental […]