Category Archives: Leadership

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 26, 2014

Los Objetivos y Métodos de Boy Scouting

MÉTODOS Los métodos están diseñados para lograr los objetivos. Por eso es importante que conozca y utilice los métodos del programa Boy Scouting. Otros métodos son buenos, pero pueden dar diferentes resultados, resultados muy distintos a los que buscamos. ACTIVIDADES AL AIRE LIBRE El programa Boy Scouting está diseñado para desarrollarse al aire libre. Es ahí donde los Scouts comparten [...]

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

Duty to God in Action

Part of a speech given by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Boy Scouts of America national annual meeting on 23 May 2013. Now that’s the essence of what we do—giving boys an understanding of the words duty to God. That means we must teach them, translate for [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 11, 2014

Philmont Training Center Hosts LDS Leaders

Every year stake presidencies in the United States are invited to the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico. The purpose of this conference is to help stake leaders better understand how Scouting can support the Aaronic Priesthood. The conference is held under the direction of the Young Men [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 01, 2014

The Value of Strong LDS-BSA Relationship Committees

The LDS Church Scouting Handbook 2.4 states:  “An LDS-BSA Relationships Committee should be organized in each BSA council to help maintain and strengthen working relationships between the Church and the BSA Council. An Assigned Area Seventy chairs or designates a stake president to chair this committee, which includes a member of each stake presidency within the local BSA council. [...]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jul 30, 2014

Varsity Vision Leader–Specific Training

BSA National has officially approved the Varsity Vision Leader-Specific training course as fulfilling the requirements for Varsity leader-specific training. Leaders still have to attend Outdoor Skills training and Youth Protection to qualify for the “Trained” patch. There are a growing number of Varsity Vision training courses.  Our goal is for them to be held regularly in every district and at the Stake or [...]

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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 Ken Cluff
Jun 25, 2014

Varsity Scouting

I got involved in Varsity Scouting during the spring of 1980 while it was in the testing phase. I was the Executive Secretary to Bishop Cramer in my ward. I had two Sons ages 15 and 13 in Boy Scouting and saw first hand the problems in Scouting with that age group.   Bishop Cramer asks [...]

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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 Clint Lawton
May 29, 2014

Philmont Leadership Challenge

I will always remember the first time I arrived at the Philmont Scout Ranch. I was filled with excitement for the week ahead as I glimpsed the summit of the Tooth of Time off in the distance as snow was just beginning to fall to the ground. What a wonderful week it was! We learned as a group, bonded as a [...]

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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 [...]