Category Archives: Inspiring Stories

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jul 20, 2014

A Strong Foundation

In 2004 Hurricane Ivan swept through the Caribbean and the United States. At its peak, it reached category 5 strength and winds as high as 165 miles per hour, becoming the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record.[1] Damages were estimated at nearly 19 billion dollars.[2] One of the islands hit hardest was Grand Cayman. During part [...]

By Darryl Alder
Jul 17, 2014

Eagle Projects to Get Your Scout Thinking

Before applying for the Eagle Scout Award, the application says that “while you are a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community.” But what to do is a very real question? Ken Krogue, President and Founder of and past Council [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Jul 14, 2014

Eagle Scout Challenge

The foremost responsibility of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor. To an Eagle Scout, honor is the foundation of all character. He knows that “A Scout is trustworthy” is the very first point of the Scout Law for a good reason. An Eagle Scout lives honorably, not only because honor is important to [...]

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By Lauren Coplan
Jun 24, 2014

Boy Scout banjo concert reaps medical supplies for Peruvian clinics

Not many Scouts become an “illustrious visitor” in a foreign country, and not many Scouts get to actually see the fruits of their Eagle Scout leadership service project in Peru. Scouting helps boys gain real-life experiences by teaching them to plan, organize, and lead a service project. The path to Eagle Scout took Drew Greer, [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jun 23, 2014

Scout Training Was the Answer

“Scout training changed me; more important, it changed the young men.” While serving as the bishop of my ward, I thought I was too busy to attend Scout training. As a result, after being released as bishop and called as Varsity coach, I wasn’t sure what a Varsity coach was or did. What I did [...]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 01, 2014

Paul Clyde Receives Silver Antelope

At the Western Region Annual Meeting, May 23, 2014, Paul Clyde was presented the Silver Antelope, the region’s highest honor.  The award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters within the territory under the jurisdiction of the Western Region and is conferred by the National Court of Honor of the [...]

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By Deseret News
May 21, 2014

LDS brothers’ Eagle projects take them to Ghana

NKAWKAW, Ghana — Sporting a Boy Scout uniform and a broad smile, 13-year-old Stanford Ballard stood in front of dozens of happy, energetic Ghanaian school children at the Empower Academy as part of an ambitious Eagle Scout Project that has become a Ballard family tradition. Numerous bins filled with books and other school supplies donated [...]

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By Bryan Wendell
May 12, 2014

New Jersey Scouts help rescue NBC journalist Ann Curry

Scouts learn first-aid skills in Scouting without ever knowing when they’ll need to use them. Or on whom. Last month a group of New Jersey Boy Scouts helped rescue the NBC journalist Ann Curry after she had broken her ankle while hiking. On April 5, 2014, Scouts from Troop and Crew 368 out of Berkeley Heights, N.J., were on a Philmont [...]

By Bob Gowans
May 08, 2014

Never Underestimate Your Impact as a Scout Leader

“Never underestimate the impact you as a scout leader (or any youth leader actually) have on the lives of those young people you work with”.  I say this to Scout leaders nearly anytime I have the opportunity to speak, at trainings, dinners or where ever we may be together.  First, I really believe that good [...]

By Community Submission
May 06, 2014

Why am I a Scout Leader?

in What I Learned Today I was a Scout from the age of 8 through to 18. In Australia, that would make me a Cub Scout, Scout, and then a Venturer. I have some amazing memories of my time in Scouting- hiking through Australia’s Alps; camping in the Outback; driving Rally Cars and taking the controls [...]

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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 Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2014

Hastening the Work using Peer to Peer Recruiting

From the website Hastening the Work of Salvation we read: “Increasing numbers of youth have responded to a prophet’s call, hastening the growth of missionary work. Members and missionaries can see themselves in the work as they live the gospel joyfully and as they invite others to participate in activities, Church services, and other occasions.” [...]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 21, 2014

Coyote Gulch—An Adventure to remember

By the way, we didn’t take our cameras on our trip, so these pictures are all borrowed from other adventurers who have gone there too. Let that be a lesson: never leave the camera behind! A few years back, while living in Richfield UT, our Varsity Scouts and Venturers (back then called Explorers), hatched an [...]