By Melany Gardner
Oct 27, 2014

Be Prepared to Be Husbands and Fathers – Life Skills

Why is Scouting important in the LDS Church? How does Scouting relate to Church objectives for youth? Is there a spiritual side to Scouting? Is there really any link between the trail to Eagle and a mission?


These are questions Rushford Lee, owner of Research Emotion Design (RED) started asking that promoted a  large research project into the “why” of Scouting in the LDS Church. The results were the Six Pillars of Being Prepared, which communicate why Scouting is a part of every young man in the LDS Church.

For the month of November, we’re focusing on Pillar 5  – Life Skills.

Now, we don’t mean skills like changing a tire, or making a bookshelf, or even social skills — though those sorts of skills are taught in Scouting.

What we mean are the skills learned in Scouting that mean the most and are the furthest reaching; such as hard work, problem-solving, leadership, character-building, and most importantly, faith in God. These skills are not easy to develop, but once learned, become a foundation for the rest of that boy’s life. So, when he steps into the roles of husband and father, he is prepared to do so.

Becoming Men Such As These: A Scoutmaster rolls up his sleeves and joins in serving and leading by his example.

How does Scouting teach these intangible skills? Why, they are taught by the best and most effective way to teach any value — example.

One of the methods of Scouting, or how we deliver the promise of Scouting, is adult association. At different stages of development young people need healthy relationships with adults, and even better if these adults are not their parents. Associations with adults of high character are especially encouraged to show a young man a good example of life worth emulating.

Think back in your own past to an adult you looked up to during your pre-teen and teen years, how influential were they in your life?

For me, I can think of a young woman leader who took a special interest in me. I watched how she treated her family and others around her, and how she had so much fun living life. I decided that that was what I wanted my life to be, and have worked for it ever since. She also taught me about the example of my Savior and how if I follow His example, there’s no doubt I will be prepared to take on life’s hardships and trials.

Pillar 5 states, “Be prepared to be good husbands and fathers by following the examples of men such as our Scout leaders, the bishopric, our prophets and the Savior.”

This is why I do Scouting.

Melany Gardner2Author: Melany Gardner | Editor, The Boy Scout | Wasatch District Executive, Utah National Parks Council

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4 thoughts on “Be Prepared to Be Husbands and Fathers – Life Skills

  1. AvatarMark Mackiewicz

    Why does the LDS Church need to use the Utah National Park Web Site to promote the church. It seems to me there are enough church web sites where you can do this. There are non LDS members like myself who are offended that the church does this. What about all the young men that aren’t going to become husbands and fathers? Many young men will choose to remain single or perhaps marry. Some may even decide to marry another young man. Are they less of people?

    I have done scouting for almost 40 years and I do it because I want to see young men be the best they can be in what ever they choose in life.

    1. Scott MajorScott Major

      The LDS Church does not use the Utah National Parks Council, as you know, the UNPC has mostly LDS units. So why wouldn’t there be an article about the LDS church on the council blog?

      I completely agree that Scouting helps prepare young men for the best version of themselves. If they are looking to become great husbands and fathers then here is a good article about it. If they aren’t, then read on, there are plenty more to choose from.

    2. AvatarPhilip Moulton

      offensive principles…
      Core values and principles of scouting have moral grounds, and those that promote the same have moral backbone. The world of immorality is huge, attractive, and well received now in US of A. Those that have backbone are seen as intolerant, prejudiced, and should change their ways…..maybe sensitivity training. Gestapo tried that. How is it that the presumed “tolerant ones” are easily offended and pursue recourse when ANY church chimes up about teaching tried and true principles, (honesty, fidelity, cleanliness in mind or body, traditional marriage, honor, etc. etc…), to scouts? If we battle betwixt ourselves, then we both lose, and the enemy laughs. Rather, why not work together against the growing tide of immorality, drugs, violence. We are a team, not to be trifled with, as scout leaders. Seek the good. Take in good. Be good. Give good. Good is in us all and that is what matters as leaders.

      Philip. 12 year scout leader


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