Category Archives: Leadership

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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 [...]

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By Bryan Wendell
Jul 16, 2014

How would you define the term ‘Eagle Scout’?

An “Eagle Scout” is a resourceful,thoughtful, fearless, creative, flawed crybaby with a heart of gold; whose strength is maintained through daily exercise, diet and meditation; and while not a fool is determined to be of service to anyone at literally any time when asked respectfully and honestly. The Eagle Scout hates evil, inequities, and dishonest [...]

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By Myrle Astrope
Jul 09, 2014

A “Yeoman’s Effort”

William Peterson, Alpine District Camping Committee Chairman, achieved a 100% on the “2013 Camping Activity Report” for all 301 units in the Alpine District. How was this accomplished? In his own words, Peterson stated: “This last spring, the Hotametaneo’o Chapter of the Order of the Arrow delivered camp promotion packets to the homes of each [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 05, 2014

Conservation and Scouting

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. . . . Moreover, I believe that the natural [...]

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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 [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 03, 2014

The Venturing Experience: New Updates

In late May, I attended the National Council Meeting in Nashville, TN, where I learned about the next generation of Venturing, which rolls out in July 2014 and fully replaces the old program by the end of the year. Annaliese Parker, National Venturing President and Charles Dahlquist, National Venturing Task Force Chairman explained that many Venturers are not interested in advancement or awards they [...]

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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 Larry Call
May 24, 2014

Venturing Update

May 24, 2014, Nashville TN–It is a very exciting time for Venturing as the new program is rolling out. I know many people have questions and have anticipated these changes. The National BSA Annual Meeting was just completed in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend. Charles Dahlquist, National Venturing Task Force Chairman, led the meeting to discuss [...]

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By Community Submission
May 22, 2014

Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at Philmont

The Priesthood Leadership Conference at Philmont was not something I had ever planned on attending. I am embarrassed to admit it, but an outdoor camping experience at my age scores modestly below a tooth extraction on the enjoyability index. In contrast, during dinner the first evening, I heard a number of wide-eyed fellow participants speak in reverent tones about fulfilling a life’s [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
May 10, 2014

Training Update

Friday May 9, Mark Griffin, Director of Learning Delivery for BSA’s new Scouting University reported that new training courses are available at www.Scouting.org/training/adult. Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific – replaces the current course and uses the same code (C40) in ScoutNET and Tools. Pack Committee Challenge – replaces current pack committee specifics and uses the same code (C60) [...]

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By Bob Gowans
May 07, 2014

LDS Stake Encampment at Council Properties

In cooperation with the Utah National Parks Council, your Stake can organize an encampment to help fulfill your own Priesthood purposes by leveraging the program expertise and safety features offered through the Councils camps.  This will also relieve any “undue burdens” that are often placed on leaders to organize these camps.  This method will assist [...]

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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
May 04, 2014

Five Suggestions for Growing LDS Units

These ideas were presented during a January 2013 Little Philmont During the last year of celebrating the Church’s 100 years of participation in Scouting, we have been invited to reach out to include additional young men from our wards and neighborhoods in this great program. 1. Focus on reactivating those currently not active Counsel together [...]

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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 [...]

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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 Ken Cluff
Apr 11, 2014

Why Wood Badge?

Judging by the experience of others, Wood Badge will help you become a better Scout leader. It’s also likely that along the way you’ll find ways to become a better person.  Sign up soon for your Wood Badge experience. Do your best to serve others by improving your leadership skills. If you do, you’ll help [...]