Category Archives: Duty to God

All about a Scouts duty to God.

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 19, 2017

Merit Badges Boost LDS Missionaries’ Safety and Health

Five of my kids served missions in diverse places: Idaho, Guatemala, Argentina, and Colorado (two served in Colorado). No matter where they went, mission health and safety mattered. My children needed to know what to do in difficult situations to protect themselves, their companions, and others. Like them, all young men and women face unusual […]

By Dale Munk
Mar 12, 2017

Little Philmont – Scout Training for Stake and Ward Leadership

The Utah National Parks Council under the direction of priesthood leadership will conduct Little Philmont conferences for stake and ward leadership in 2017. The first Little Philmont is March 24-25 at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp. The conferences will begin Friday evening at 6 pm and end Saturday afternoon. Each conference will focus on the […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 05, 2017

Let Them Lead

Do we as Scout leaders truly let the boys lead? In Scouting or on Sunday we may catch ourselves planning, executing and ultimately undermining the leadership development of our youth. It may be hard to let go of some control and let them lead, but understanding that our purpose is in teaching and advising, we can guide our young men to become leaders in every part of their lives. It […]

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 03, 2017

How Seven Merit Badges Prepare Future Missionaries

The end of high school often marks a drastic transition for LDS boys. After tricky tests and part-time employment, the boy accepts his biggest job yet, working for God himself as a missionary.   Some parents may question: “Is my boy really ready? Has he been adequately prepared?” While I can’t answer that for you, I […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 26, 2017

Connect Them With Heaven

Scouting’s spiritual element is overlooked sometimes. Even when part of your calling has you teaching lessons on Sunday, we don’t often take the everyday opportunities to teach heavenly things. It can be overwhelming to teach young people, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important methods you can […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 19, 2017

Be With Them

There’s a lot to learn when working with Young Men in the Church. There’s program stuff like Scouting and Duty to God, Sunday lessons, or just getting to the know the youth in the first place. It can be overwhelming, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important […]

By Jarom Shaver
Feb 12, 2017

A Lifetime of Scouting – Ken Clegg

If you have been to the Scout Shop in Orem, Utah in the last nine years, you may have had the opportunity to meet Ken Clegg. He probably helped you find a badge you were looking for or cashed you out at the register. All of this you probably noticed he did with a humble […]

By Annaleis Smith
Feb 06, 2017

Upcoming Commissioner Training

Even Commissioners need training. Whether you are a District Commissioner, ADC, Unit Commissioner or Roundtable Commissioner, training exists for you.   This training is for stake leaders asked to help in the Scouting program–High Council members over YM and Primary, Stake YM Presidencies, Stake Primary Presidencies and others. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Jan 11, 2017

Shifting Your Scout’s Requirements from Checklist to Cultivation

I participated in every extracurricular activity imaginable in my Iowa high school–track, drama, speech, key club, cross country, swimming, yearbook, choir, newspaper, etc. Somehow, though I’m not sure how, I ended up having time most every Wednesday to head to mutual. I loved going to mutual. It was fun and spiritual. Plus, on Wednesday nights […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 08, 2017

Scouter’s Minute: An Attitude of Service

Dr. Cox, Mary Ellen and Dr. Jack McConnell President Monson is known for helping others at every possible opportunity, from the dozens of widows he helped as a bishop to members everywhere whom he helps with his kind words of love and encouragement. In the video about his life, On the Lord’s Errand, President Monson […]

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jan 05, 2017

A Scout is Reverent—12 Days of A Scout Christmas

Traditionally, the 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of January 5th – also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration. It has been our custom at The Boy Scout to post a Scouter’s […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Messages for use with LDS Leaders

Two studies, by RED Research, over two years has yielded these “Six Pillars of Being Prepared” for Communication with LDS Leaders 1-   Testimony Be prepared by developing a testimony of Christ and of the gospel while doing our duty to God and our country.  In the survey one stake leader described it this way:  […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

Theme: “Becoming Men Like These”

“Becoming men like these” is the theme for our 2020 vision. It and the “Six Pillars of Scouting” have been developed through extensive research from RED. In this undertaking, researchers have interviewed hundreds of LDS Stake and Ward leaders and recorded their responses. The findings were sometimes hard to take, but in the end this message […]

By Clint Lawton
Dec 24, 2016

How will you contribute your log to the fire?

I recently had the opportunity to see an original painting by Jon McNaughton which is titled, Sacred Fire. The painting was incredible, with vibrant colors and stunning imagery, but it was the symbolic message of the fire building in this piece of art that has deeply inspired me. As I look at these great men from […]