Category Archives: Duty to God

All about a Scouts duty to God.

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By Scott Major
Sep 16, 2016

Lessons Learned After Scout Camp

As a camp director and district executive it is my sincere hope that when Scouts go to summer camp, they learn important lessons. These lessons can be in many forms; among them can be spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, or even Scouting basics. I have the opportunity to hear many stories about what Scouts learn during their time […]

Young men wear uniforms in both scouting and missionary service.
By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 04, 2016

Two Uniforms of Christ-like Service

I grew up watching my younger brother Mikey dressed in uniform for Boy Scouting events. He wore all the required clothing: a buttoned up shirt with an American flag on the right shoulder, dark pants, and official crests and emblems. As he grew in his Scouting endeavors, he gained other tokens to add to his […]

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By Kevin Hunt
Aug 27, 2016

Blessed to be a Part of The Century of Honor Book

The development of the “Century of Honor” book – on the history of Scouting in the LDS Church – was recently chronicled in an article by author Nettie Francis on the LDS/BSA Blogsite.  I invite you to view the full article History Highlights – Behind the Book.  I did not do it alone – but was […]

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By Philmont PhilNews
Aug 14, 2016

Chaplain’s Corner: A Philmont Crew

In 1979, I led a crew of disparate Varsity Scouts and Explorers cobbled from all four corners of the Utah National Parks Council. They arrived as individuals but came together through peak climbing and downpours to be a tight-knit group of friends. In the beginning of this season, Elder Paul Anderson, LDS Chaplain at Philmont, […]

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By Dale Munk
Jul 26, 2016

Little Philmont Comes to Utah National Parks Council

For many years, LDS stake presidents in our Council have made the twelve-hour trek to Philmont in Northern New Mexico to attend the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting. For most, this is a singular event for both them and their families. Following their return, stakes are encouraged to conduct a weekend Priesthood leadership training retreat […]

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By Don Larson
Jul 10, 2016

How Do You Find Duty to God in the Wilderness?

That was the question, “how do you maintain “duty to God when you are at camp or on overnighters?” We asked this question to a group of about twenty-five Scoutmasters who had gathered for a “Munch and Mingle” before regular Scoutmaster meeting at Blue Mountain Scout Camp a couple of weeks ago. We spent nearly […]

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By Melany Gardner
Jun 30, 2016

How does Scouting help a young man gain a testimony?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man gain a testimony of his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how testimonies are gained through Scouting experiences. Ryan […]

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By Deseret News
Jun 26, 2016

Elder Christofferson on defending the “freedom to associate”

On his Facebook page, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, posted this June 16th: Yesterday, leaders from the Boy Scouts of America joined together for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex that will be built at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Sister Christofferson and I were invited to attend […]

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By Melany Gardner
Jun 05, 2016

The LDS Church’s Continued Involvement in Scouting Locally and Nationally

If you follow the Church News, recently, you’ll have noticed several articles published on Scouting topics; like this article on the ground breaking of the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex at the Summit Bechtel Reserve and Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s comments on defending “freedom to associate” at a Boy Scout luncheon, or Elder Jeffrey R. […]

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By Melany Gardner
May 30, 2016

Answering the Hard Questions On the BSA Adult Policy

Last year, the Boy Scouts of America amended their adult leadership policy, prohibiting discrimination against employees and volunteers on the basis of sexual orientation. Since that time, many questions still remain as to how this policy will and will not affect your Scouting experience. The BSA released a FAQ to help answer some of those questions. This document, along […]

Duty to Country
By Community Submission
Apr 20, 2016

One Nation Under God

Before Elder Gary E. Stevenson was made an apostle in October, 2015, he had served as Presiding Bishop. As such, he was invited to speak at the Duty to God breakfast of the Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America held on 23 May 2013. In part of his speech he said that as Scouters we […]

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By John Jones
Apr 17, 2016

Scouting Helps Prepare Boys For An LDS Mission

I attended Brad and Sandy Harris’s class on raising successful missionaries at University of Scouting in February. The class was full of parents and leaders eager to learn how Scouting programs could help them help the youth in their care learn everything they needed to succeed in the mission field. My favorite part of the […]

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By Deseret News
Apr 03, 2016

‘Duty to God’ remains essential to Scouting

In January, the Boy Scout ranks were updated with a new element of Scout spirit, “Tell how you have done your duty to God …”). This comes alongside the other elements of “living the Scout Oath and Scout Law” in the new requirements. This weekend for Church News, Jason Swenson shared some of his thoughts on the subject: […]

Easter Feature
By Darryl Alder
Mar 27, 2016

Christian Scouts Prepare for Easter

It is Easter Sunday and Christian Scouts around the world will celebrate the most significant event in the history of the world—the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Britain and America, there are a great many Christian Scouts who celebrated Good Friday, which ended the 40 days of Lent preparing them for this holiday. For them, this has been […]

Priest Venturer Feature
By Community Submission
Mar 25, 2016

Scouter’s Pledge Adapted for Venturing

At the Western Region’s LDS Venturing blog, David wrote this adaptation of the Scouter’s Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Utah National Parks Council put this pledge forward as part of our commitment to better serve our major LDS customer base. (More than 99% of our Scouting units chartered are sponsored by the LDS […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 20, 2016

Missionary Preparation at Scout Camp – Scouter’s Toolbox March 2016

The purpose of the Scouter’s Toolbox is to provide all LDS Scouters in the Utah National Parks Council with a resource of monthly themed messages, along with tips to use these messages in your individual Scouting roles. Each message will focus on one of the Six Pillars of Being Prepared, developed by a survey of […]