Category Archives: 100 Years of Scouting

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 28, 2014

30th Anniversary of Varsity Scouting Celebration this Year

Varsity Scouting was officially adopted by the Boy Scouts of America in 1984. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially endorsed the program about that same time. The following announcement appeared in the January 1984 issue of the Ensign: President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve, instructed the Brethren to implement the Varsity Scouting program, he [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 24, 2014

Scout Pioneering – Good, Ol’Fashioned, Outdoor, Scouting Fun for the 21st Century!

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah—168 years ago pioneers were entering the Salt Lake Valley. In commemoration, there are celebrations all over the state. In my town, Provo, it all centers around North Park activities that include wagon rides, mountain men, wood carving, caskets and coffins, wooden tops, tomahawk throwing, trading blanket, native American village, [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 04, 2014

Conservation and Scouting

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. . . . Moreover, I believe that the natural [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 02, 2014

Huge Show, Big Sound

After weeks of rehearsal, tonight Rick Lunt brought it all together, Utah’s biggest ever Celebration of Eagles scheduled for tomorrow night, July 3 at the UCCU Center on UVU campus from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Today we began at dawn. Fresh trees from Tifie and Maple Dell Scout Camps arrived, along with towers, boulders, pup [...]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
May 04, 2014

Five Suggestions for Growing LDS Units

These ideas were presented during a January 2013 Little Philmont During the last year of celebrating the Church’s 100 years of participation in Scouting, we have been invited to reach out to include additional young men from our wards and neighborhoods in this great program. 1. Focus on reactivating those currently not active Counsel together [...]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 23, 2014

Prophets and Scouting: Did You Know?

  Many LDS leaders participated in Scouting. Joseph F. Smith (1838–1918) was the prophet when Scouting was organized as a part of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association. Heber J. Grant (1856–1945) attended the 1937 World Scout Jamboree in Holland. George Albert Smith (1870–1951) was the first Church member to serve on the BSA National Executive Board. David O. McKay (1873–1970) was [...]

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By Liz Merrell
Mar 24, 2014

LDS Church President Featured in Boy Scout Painting

Artist Jon McNaughton has captured the essence of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his new masterpiece, Sacred Fire. The Sacred Fire is not an ordinary fire. In 1913, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America. Sacred Fire [...]

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By Deseret News
Mar 11, 2014

Boy Scouts of America and Building Responsible Men

This opinion piece appeared in the Deseret News March 7, 2014. President Obama highlighted an important problem in announcing the “Brother’s Keeper” initiative. As he correctly noted, young men of color in this country are undergoing a crisis. Among black Americans, the unmarried birth rate now stands at about 73 percent. Unemployment among black men [...]

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By KSL News
Mar 06, 2014

Scouting Papers Reveal Vision of ‘Founding Father’

PROVO — Promoting adventure, good character and responsibility was important to Scouting’s “founding father” as he tried to create an organization to help young men, according to documents being preserved by Brigham Young University. Robert Baden-Powell began the British Scouting Association, the grandfather to Scouting organizations like Boy Scouts of America, in the early 1900s. [...]

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By Melany Gardner
Feb 04, 2014

BSA’s 104th Birthday Feb. 8th, How Will You Celebrate?

Saturday, February 8th, Scouts will celebrate the founding of Scouting in America’s 104th Anniversary. This day is an opportunity for each pack, troop, team and crew to celebrate what it means to be in Scouting and to share the Scout Movement with the world. How will you celebrate? While Feb. 8th is the actual birthday, In fact, [...]

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By Heidi Sanders
Dec 26, 2013

“May You Uphold Scouting’s Tradition” Centennial Coin

The media reached out a few weeks back about the BSA membership policy, particularly because of the large LDS population in Utah. The Utah National Parks Council has the distinguishing acknowledgement of being the largest council in the nation.  This is due to the strong relationship enjoyed between the LDS Church and Scouting. The reporter [...]

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By Melany Gardner
Dec 23, 2013

LDS Church History Museum Shares the Christmas Spirit and Scouting with “A Good Turn Christmas”

The LDS Church History Museum on Temple Square focuses on Christ-like service and the Boy Scouts of America in this years Christmas exhibit, “A Good Turn Christmas.” The exhibit is open now and will remain open through 12 January 2014. The Spirit of Christmas is the spirit of doing good to others. What better way to [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Nov 18, 2013

Help Others to Hike the Trails

A century ago, Church leaders decided to partner with the fledgling Boy Scouts of America and sponsor a troop in Salt Lake City. From that inauspicious beginning, the Church would become the largest sponsor of that storied adventure program for boys. Millions of Latter-day Saints have worn the iconic Scout uniform at some point in [...]

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By Heidi Sanders
Oct 31, 2013

LDS Church Celebrates “A Century of Honor” with the Boy Scouts

Tuesday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated its 100 year association with the Boy Scouts of America. It was on May 21, 1913 that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints formally sponsored Scouting as the activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood. Titled, “A Century of Honor,” the program showed how [...]