Category Archives: Duty to God

All about a Scouts duty to God.

Scout Sunday Feature
By Darryl Alder
Feb 07, 2016

Reflections on Scout Sunday

This morning I awoke to a quiet dawn that broke into a blazing winter sunrise that gave me cause to reflect on the day—Scout Sunday 2016. Since 1958, this has always been a special day in my life. Members of my pack dressed in uniform and sat in our congregation while the deacons in Scout […]

Scouts at Temple
By Maria Milligan
Jan 31, 2016

5 Ways to Bring Sunday Lessons into Scout Activities, and Vice Versa

Scouting has always had Duty to God as a core part of its goals and methods. Baden-Powell famously said, “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God. Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims […]

change-lives feature
By Lee Ferrin
Jan 24, 2016

Change Lives: Be Prepared through Personal Growth and Service

Scouting changes lives. That is what it was created to do, and it’s exactly why the Scouting mission and the gospel mission complement each other so well. In my life, that mission to experience personal growth and then turn that to the benefit of my fellow men has best been epitomized by the motto of the […]

soldier feature
By Joel Hood
Dec 20, 2015

How Building a Testimony of Christ Prepared Me to Do My Duty

The Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” Our Scouts will hear this command hundreds, perhaps thousands of times during troop meetings, pow-wows, and camps. Yet the phrase has no meaning until we answer the question, “What must they be prepared for?”  Otherwise, the motto becomes a trite, boring tidbit that our young men must recite before […]

By Melany Gardner
Dec 12, 2015

Count Down to the Holiday with the Twelve Days of a Scout Christmas

Visit The Voice of Scouting everyday for the Twelve Days of a Scout Christmas beginning Monday, Dec 14, and find inspiring Christmas messages of Scouts giving the gift of living the Scout Oath and Law. This has been one of our favorite Christmas traditions on The Boy Scout, but we have decided to move it over to […]

Christmas Tree
By Maria Milligan
Dec 08, 2015

Duty to God in your Cub Scout Christmas

When I heard a radio ad dub this season “Thanksgetting” I was sure the company was going to explain how ridiculous it would be to turn holidays about giving thanks and showing reverence into a festival of greed and selfishness. I was shocked when they actually encouraged listeners to think about the things they wanted […]

Pillar 6 Feature
By Darryl Alder
Nov 20, 2015

The Scout Oath and Law—a Pathway to Self-Reliance

Pillar 6–Integrity: Be prepared by learning who we are as Scouts and sons of God by keeping ourselves physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight, understanding our true nature as a son of God.  This month, November 2015, we have been teaching Young Men principles of temporal and spiritual self-reliance.  Two of the six Come, Follow Me […]

Native American feature 2
By Community Submission
Oct 18, 2015

LDS/BSA Partnership; Serving Native American Scouts

Here’s a little background that may help each of you understand where I’m coming from on Scouting units in the LDS Church. Years ago, on my mission, my companion and I were assigned to travel through Indian Reservations in Arizona, New Mexico, and the sections of Utah and Colorado in the Four Corners region. Our major […]

By Steven Sutherland
Oct 04, 2015

Spiritual Roots of Genuine Scouting: Discipleship and Accountability

This last Saturday was a special day for me… I was presented with my two Wood Badge beads (sort of a diploma), signifying that I had done two significant things: successfully attended a week-long Wood Badge course (which I did in October 2014); and, completion of five post-course projects and/or significant tasks within 18 months […]

Chapel in the Woods
By Darryl Alder
Sep 20, 2015

A Chapel in the Woods—What BP Thought

Last Saturday morning, during the first weekend of our Woodbadge course, I had a singular spiritual experience at Tifie Scout Camp’s outdoor chapel. There among the reddening maples and in the crisp morning air, our Wood Badge staff presented these words from our founder, Baden Powell, in a Scout’s Own Worship Service: FOR an open Troop, or for Troops […]

duty to god
By World Scouting
Aug 30, 2015

B-P’s Blog: Christianity, Religion and Scouting

Our founder, Baden Powell, had strong views on religion and one’s Duty to God. Listed here are a few statements he left us to consider: “Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity” – (Scouting & Christianity, 1917) “The religion of a man is not the creed he professes but his life – what he acts […]

Troop 974 feature
By Melany Gardner
Aug 14, 2015

Boy Scout Troop Completes 250 Mile Temple Trek, Gives $3300 Donation to LDS Charities

Boy Scouts of Troop 974 marched into downtown Salt Lake City Wednesday, completing their 250 mile trek to temples and other places of worship across the Wasatch front. With them, they brought over $3,300 in donations pledged for every mile each Scout hiked, biked or backpacked temple to temple to give directly to LDS Charities. […]