Category Archives: Inspiring Stories

By Ken Cluff
Apr 12, 2014

Peak Experience

I think the mountaintop ceremony may be the most rewarding portion of your Operation ON TARGET experience. The ceremony may be held around a campfire near the mountain peak on Friday evening. Gathering your team in a secluded spot, follow the team’s outline, have a reverent mountaintop ceremony that includes reading the letter from President Erying, of the first presidency of the [...]

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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
Jan 24, 2014

Scouting From a Cub Scout’s Eyes

The world viewed through a child’s eyes is precious. Life is sweeter there, colors are brighter, everyone is trustworthy, and fun is everything and everywhere. This video shows the very energetic Matthew, as he describes why he loves Cub Scouts. In his eyes, Scouting is playing with friends, doing sports, collecting patches, and making cool [...]

By Joel Zabriskie
Jan 24, 2014

A Testimony of Wood Badge

It’s been 30 years since I attended BSA’s adult leadership training course called Wood Badge. A very patient counselor in my stake presidency invited me several times over a two year period to participate. As 2nd counselor in the Bishopric, my assignments included stewardship for the youth as well as being the Chartered Organization Representative [...]

By Heidi Sanders
Jan 10, 2014

Teamwork: Creating a Win-Win Game

I was reading the news this morning and our government is an example of what teamwork is not. There are many people in our government who care little for the good of the country and its citizen but would rather make comments and decisions based on tearing down their opponent. Looking for a weakness or [...]

By Community Submission
Jan 08, 2014

Son Learns the Importance of Family

One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview. The director discovered from his CV [resume] that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “no”. ” [...]

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By Heidi Sanders
Jan 07, 2014

America: Dedicated to the Proposition That All Men are CREATED Equal

I greatly disliked in school being punished for things other students did. My family moved to Utah the summer before I started my sophomore year in high school. I enjoyed art (although not greatly talented) and enrolled in an art class at Timpview High School. I recall vividly one morning where students were acting out [...]

By Heidi Sanders
Jan 03, 2014

Scouting “For the Strength of Youth”

Word Match Puzzle Match each category in “For the Strength of Youth” with its corresponding term in the Scout Oath and Law (There can be more than one answer) For the Strength of Youth Scout Oath and Law Agency and Accountability Trustworthy Dating Loyal Dress and Appearance Helpful Family Friendly Education Courteous Entertainment and Media [...]

By Community Submission
Jan 02, 2014

‘Angels’ of Troop 560 A Christmas Story

A troop’s determination to buy a special van for an adult leader paralyzed in a bicycling accident helped bring together an entire community. Dave and Sherri Evans chat in their comfortable, wheelchair-friendly transition home on the outskirts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is the first wintry day of December 1998. A Christmas tree graces the [...]

By Heidi Sanders
Dec 30, 2013

“Great Moments… are Born From Great Opportunity”

“Great moments…are born from great opportunity” is a quote from the Disney movie “Miracle” about the 1980 U.S. Hockey team. The movie shows the experiences of coach Herb Brooks and his team, and how they prepared for the moment they won Olympic gold. Each individual is granted many opportunities, but we fail to take hold [...]