Category Archives: Inspiring Stories

By Ken Krogue
Jan 31, 2015

How to Help Youth Want to Wear the Scouting Uniform: 25 Ideas

Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification. The uniform is a reminder of the member’s commitment to character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Awards displayed on the uniform mark the progress of every Scout and leader in achieving these goals and successfully practicing Scouting’s ideals. 1- Walk them through […]

By Maria Milligan
Jan 01, 2015

Faith and Resolve in the New Year

On this seventh day of Kwanzaa, the focus is faith (Imani): to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. It seems fitting that each New Year should start with a reaffirmation of our faith, both in ourselves and our mentors […]

By Darryl Alder
Dec 29, 2014

Brigham Young, Leader of Cooperative Economics

In this fourth day of Kwanzaa, the focus is cooperative economics (or in Swahili, Ujamaa), which is to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. This cooperative self-sufficiency can help communities be more financially independent while bringing people closer together. This concept was part of Brigham Young plans, […]

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 28, 2014

A Church History Holiday

In 1905, President George Albert Smith, who became a strong supporter of Scouting, but at this time was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, was asked to take care of all logistics for a trip to Vermont marking the 100th anniversary of Prophet Joseph Smith’s birth where a monument was to be unveiled. “Elder Smith […]

By Community Submission
Dec 28, 2014

The Countess and the Impossible

This third day of Kwanzaa, we consider Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima ): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together. As a young Scout in the 1960s, our Scoutmaster Farnes Berntsen taught us how to work, and work hard. One evening […]

By Community Submission
Dec 28, 2014

Nine Year Old Cub Scout Leads Family Back to Church

Early in their marriage, my daughter and son-in-law chose not to attend weekly church services.  After years of no church involvement, their nine year old son (my grandson) was invited to participate with some of his friends in a local Cub Scout pack.  During the weekday Cub Scout activities, his friends would talk about what […]
By Darryl Alder
Dec 26, 2014

I Heard the Bells on Boxing Day

Today is Boxing Day. I first experienced a Second Christmas Day in Germany, forty-five years ago. I am always glad for the day, since Christmas is over too soon; it give me a few more hours with the music of the season. Listening to one YouTube clip today,  I remembered this great story read by Edward K. Herrmann, […]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 24, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Scout is Reverent

A Scout is Reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others. This message from President Harold B Lee reminds us and our Scouts to be reverent this season. As you share this message with your Scouts, discuss what they can do to demonstrate how […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 23, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Scout is Clean

“A Scout is Clean. A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.” In 2010, Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” spoke at the National Jamboree. He explained to the gathered Scouts, “I’m here in […]

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By Community Submission
Dec 22, 2014

Thoughts from the Chief

“The Order’s first purpose is to recognize those who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.” ( The Order of the Arrow is not a new scout troop for boys to attend exclusively; in fact it is meant to be in addition to your regular scout troop attendance. All adults involved with […]

By KSL News
Dec 18, 2014

Teen creates app displaying campsites throughout Utah

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — A Utah teen decided to combine his love of camping and technology to complete his Eagle Scout project — an app listing Utah campsites. Joshua Wilde, 17, of Eagle Mountain, said he has been developing and creating apps since he was in 8th grade. His parents, Clint and Rocio Wilde, said he […]

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By Darryl Alder
Dec 18, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Scout is Kind

A Scout is kind. A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing. As you share this story with your Scouts, talk about the importance of kindness and how they can be more kind this […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 17, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Scout is Courteous

“A Scout is Courteous. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.” Scouts are taught to be courteous in every circumstance. In this story from Douglas Presença, we see the importance of being courteous even to those who seem […]