Category Archives: Building Youth

Inspiring stories and news about how Scouting builds youth.

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 23, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 23

Jesus taught: “I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” —Matthew 25:36 After working many years as a volunteer teacher in Youth Detention, I know a bit about the system.  You can’t just go to a prison and ask to visit.  I know you can visit friends and relatives, and I do think they […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Dec 21, 2017

Program Feature for LDS Youth: Cycling

Getting Stronger, Going Farther Bicycling is a great way to combine exercise, travel, and recreation in one activity. Few activities are better than uphill cycling for intense aerobic exercise and physical fitness. Cycling’s downhill speed is simply thrilling. This article features the program module from Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 1. (You can also read this […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 20, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 20

Jesus taught; “A man consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”—Luke 12:15 A young man approached Jesus and asked him what he should do with all the things he possessed since he was a youth.  Jesus told him to go and sell them and give the money to the poor.  In […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 18, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 18

Jesus said:  “FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES.” Matthew 6:14 Many times it is difficult to forgive someone or a group of people who we feel have dealt with us wrongly.  I think of the bullies you kids have to deal with.  These are not only real kids, but also cyber bullies.  I think of kids who […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 17, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 17

 “YE SHALL MEET OFT.”   How lucky we are to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Doesn’t your life seem to evolve around Church and Church activities?  You’re going to Scouts, Priesthood meetings, and numerous other activities.  These activities are both spiritual and athletic.  Many times entire families participate.  These […]

By Katelyn Kenedy
Dec 13, 2017

Scouts say they go to Maple Dell MBA to have fun, not just to earn Merit Badges

Last weekend Scouts had fun enjoying a night of camping in the beautiful and mountainous setting of our Maple Dell Scout camp. Scouts were able to chose between Trail to First Class, where they worked on requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks, or chose to work on earning their Citizenship in the Nation and […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 13, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 13

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them—Matthew 7:12 This is basically the “golden rule” or “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. Let’s try to put this in a positive light, and use only the good things people and friends have […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 12, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 12

“BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN.”   Recently, I had a dear friend whose Dad had passed on.  I spoke with him about the eternal family, but I realize I did not think of his sorrow and mourn with him.  I knew of his large family and thought they would console him.   That does not excuse my […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Dec 11, 2017

Prominent Local Leaders Share How Their Eagle Prepared Them For Missions

How does earning an Eagle Scout prepare you to be a more effective full-time missionary? Just ask this year’s 2017 Celebration of Eagles recipients. These men have made a tremendous difference in their community through their influential examples and service. Watch the video below to learn about how becoming Eagle Scouts prepared them for LDS […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 11, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 11

“I WAS STRANGER AND YE TOOK ME IN.”   I am for once, speechless, or shall I say I have no earthly idea what to write.    Children have been taught “stranger, danger” for years now.  That doesn’t fit really well into this scripture. I have had one clear thought that makes all the difference for LDS […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 10, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 10

“Search the scriptures.”—John 5:39 The scriptures contain the word of God, relayed to us through inspired servants. As we study the scriptures, we grow closer to God and gain a clearer vision of our purpose on earth.   Why? How? Where? When?  As young people these are normal thoughts. Some people read scriptures just to […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 09, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 9

“I WAS SICK AND YE VISITED ME.”—Matthew 25:36 This is the perfect service project for Scouts.  There are so many sick and wounded people everywhere.  There are nursing homes, assisted living homes, VA  hospitals and some mental health facilities.  If you plan to go visit as a group, place a call first to find the […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 07, 2017

Commissioner College in American Fork

Hey Commissioners! What are your new year’s resolutions going to be this year?  Loose weight?  Exercise more? Finally get around to doing that thing you have been putting off? What ever you are thinking about let me suggest one for you… Get more training!  We have all heard the saying that every boy deserves a […]