Category Archives: Men Like These

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By Darryl Alder
Jan 25, 2015

Be Prepared Through Personal Growth and Learning to Serve – Service

In January we explored our first pillar of being prepared – testimony, and how youth themselves can promote this. This month we are covering pillar two which is:  “Be prepared through personal growth and learning to serve others through charity and doing a good turn daily.” The Good Turn is a hallmark of the BSA.  We were, in fact, started through […]

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By Ann Shumway
Jan 18, 2015

How Serving on Camp Staff Prepared Me for My Mission

On Christmas Day there’s nothing a missionary mom looks forward to more than the call from their missionary serving somewhere throughout the world.  I was no exception.  My son Nicholas, who is serving in El Salvador must have been excited to talk to the family as well since his call came in at 7:00 am. […]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Jan 15, 2015

On Friends of Scouting

In the early 1980’s I served as Chartered Organization Representative (COR) in my local  LDS Ward. The annual Friends of Scouting campaign found me going door-to-door asking for contributions. At one door the gentleman who answered asked why he should donate. I mumbled something that sounded somewhat convincing; enough that he gave a modest amount. […]

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By Harold Jepsen
Jan 02, 2015

Gotta Go! 2017 National Jamboree

In 2017, the Utah National Parks Council will send 600 participants on the National Jamboree & Tour experience.  Applications may be submitted at utahscouts.org/jamboree beginning January of 2015. You Gotta Go! National Jamboree & Tour Experience 2013 After an eighteen month journey developing four patrols and leadership corps, it was finally the day we had […]

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By Community Submission
Dec 31, 2014

​Boy Scouts Made Me The Man I Am Today, Here’s How

In this sixth day of Kwanzaa, our focus is creativity (in Swahili it is Kuumba), but is explained this way: To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. So a while back I read this blog post by […]

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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, […]

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By Darryl Alder
Dec 27, 2014

James E West, Man of Self-Determination

In this second day of Kwanzaa, the focus is Self-Determination (Kujichagulia ): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves. One of the best examples of self-determination is found in the life of Dr. James E. West who was a lawyer and an advocate of children’s rights, and who become the first  Chief […]

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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 […]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 10, 2014

Capturing the Vision of Scouting

Our efforts as Young Men advisers and Scout leaders can have eternal consequences. When I was a mission president, one particular zone was having a lot of success. I asked one of the zone leaders, “Elder, what’s going on here?” He said, “President, in high school I ran cross- country with a handful of friends. We trained hard and competed together. For four […]

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By Clint Lawton
Dec 07, 2014

Sacred Fire

I recently had the opportunity to see an original painting by Jon McNaughton which is titled, Sacred Fire. The painting was incredible, with vibrant colors and stunning imagery, but it was the symbolic message of the fire building in this piece of art that has deeply inspired me. As I look at these great men from […]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Dec 06, 2014

Our Stake Encampment

In early 2005 I discussed the possibilities of holding a Wood Badge course that could be designated for the Scout leaders in my LDS stake with Doug Muir. He was serving as the Wood Badge Coordinator for the Utah National Parks Council, and had experience doing this with his home stake as well as a […]

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By Darryl Alder
Nov 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Reflection for All Scouts

At Thanksgiving we often stop to think of things we are thankful for and as Americans, we have a lot to be grateful for. We live in freedom, we can worship as we choose, and most of us have enough food, clothing and adequate shelter. We are as blessed as any people in the world, but sometimes we […]

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By Community Submission
Nov 22, 2014

Does Scouting Matter?

As an elementary school child, I always looked forward to school holidays, especially Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving, we got out of school at noon early in the week, and my family always headed to our family hunting camp for the holiday. November 22, the day we got out of school for Thanksgiving in 1963, my teacher came into the room. She had been […]

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By Joanne Reinertson
Nov 14, 2014

The Power and Impact of Training on Young Men

I was called to serve as stake president in November of 2004. I came to this assignment with a long history of church service and I had experienced and learned many things from that service. As I embarked on the ominous task of learning my new responsibilities, I realized that my past service had not prepared me in […]

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By Brent Troutner
Nov 08, 2014

Space Isn’t Easy

I literally grew up with the Space Race. I was born just after the Soviets scared the daylights out of America with the launch of Sputnik, and every year and month of my young life corresponded with America’s reach for the stars. In school we learned about the Mercury and Gemini programs and it’s assorted […]

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By Jim Bethel
Nov 02, 2014

Beatitudes for LDS Scouts

Everyone should be familiar with the beatitudes that the Savior taught as part of his sermon on the mount found in the 5th chapter of Matthew. He taught them again to the Nephites a few years later (3 Nephi 12-13). These principles are so simple yet so valuable to a happy life. A few years […]