Category Archives: Duty to God

All about a Scouts duty to God.

DutytoGod
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 […]

Elder Christopherson with Scouts
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 […]

Temple Award Feature
By Community Submission
Mar 20, 2016

Historic Provo City Center Temple Award

For a limited time, you and your family can earn the Historic Provo City Center Temple Award.  This beautiful award was organized to help our community join in the celebration of the reconstruction of the Historic Provo Tabernacle into the Provo City Center Temple. This award will be available from January – August 31, 2016 […]

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By Steven Sutherland
Feb 28, 2016

How Scout Camp Prepares the Rising Generation of Missionaries

Whenever a young man can get away from home, especially in the great out-of-doors, and experience new things, this creates within him a greater perspective on life. It sets him apart from many of his non-Scout peers by giving him wholesome, positive and unique experiences to build a solid foundation of core values and attributes. […]

Owen Feature
By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 22, 2016

Stephen W. Owen, YM General President, Inspires Scouters

Stephen W. Owen, General Young Men President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke Saturday at the 2016 University of Scouting, telling attendees that having young men and mentors come together is what Scouting is all about. Brother Owen gave the keynote address at the event held February 18 at the Utah Valley University […]

Heaton Feature
By Shaun Heaton
Feb 21, 2016

Three Brothers Chat on Why Scouting Matters

Shaun Heaton, long time Scouter, pulled three of his Eagle Scout sons together to share how the Six Pillars for communication with LDS leaders played out in each of their lives. Shaun presents each of these pillars to his sons’ for their responses in the video below: (A transcript of this interview follows the video.) Pillar 1: Testimony […]

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By Shaun Heaton
Feb 21, 2016

Eagle Scouts Discuss How Scouting Prepared Them for Their Missions

To help us understand March’s theme on Pillar 3 of the Six Pillars of Being Prepared, Shaun Heaton, a long time Scouter and current Scoutmaster in Troop 444, chartered by the Orem Sunset Heights Fourth Ward, collected thoughts from his Eagle Scout sons on the subject. Here are some of their responses: I feel like this ties in a lot with […]

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 […]