By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 09, 2016

Scouters’ Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Utah National Parks Council has recently published a pledge outlining the things Scouting programs in the area will do for youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This pledge includes promises to teach boys to recognize the hand of God in their lives, to create ‘mountaintop’ spiritual experiences, to prepare them for missions through leadership opportunities, and to help instill in them the twelve points of the Scout Law, along with other Christlike attributes.

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You can pick up a copy of the Scouters’ Pledge at the Orem office, or read the full pledge below:

AS SCOUTERS IN THE UTAH NATIONAL PARKS COUNCIL, we pledge to help our LDS chartered partners use the Scouting program and all it has to offer to prepare young men for priesthood duties, missions, temple marriage, fatherhood, and lives of service to God and their fellowmen.

When we raise three fingers in the Scout sign, we commit to three important duties: duty to God, duty to others, and duty to prepare.  In partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we pledge to teach Scouts to honor these duties and embody the Scout Oath and Law so that they may become character-filled adults.

DUTY TO GOD – A Scout pledges on his honor that he will do his duty to God first and always. In each Scouting program, we teach young men to be reverent and to recognize the hand of God in their lives. We pledge to create mountaintop experiences for boys. Some of the most sacred moments of personal revelation in the Book of Mormon and modern times happened on top of mountains or in secluded groves.1 We will offer a safe, meaningful way to get these youth outside, studying God’s creations. We pledge to reinforce gospel principles and duty to God not only in the outdoors, but in every Scout meeting and activity.

DUTY TO OTHERS – A Scout pledges on his honor to do his duty to his country and to help other people at all times. We pledge to teach boys early to serve, lead, and teach those in their den, troop, team, crew, quorum, and community. We will give them leadership opportunities as they organize and carry out service projects. We will help them focus on what they can do for the world. In every Scouting program and activity we will reinforce the lesson taught by King Benjamin2 that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” We pledge to facilitate and teach service to others to every boy that takes the Scout Oath.

DUTY TO PREPARE – A Scout pledges on his honor to obey the Scout Law, to learn vital character traits, and to become a man of integrity and honor. We pledge to use Scouting programs to make young men better. We will help them grow in character, strength, conviction, and moral uprightness by teaching principles of leadership and the Scout Law. We will make reverence, service, trustworthiness, obedience, and other Christlike attributes3 an integral part of everything these young men do. We will not just give boys a list of things they should do, but instead we pledge to teach them what they must become, so that when they recite the Scout Law and say “A Scout is trustworthy” what they will mean is “I am trustworthy.”

By enabling boys to perform these three duties in their growing years, we pledge to partner with the Church to shape men of God. As we help boys participate in a Scouting program that supports and enhances quorum activities and responsibilities, they will learn to use their priesthood keys, serve together as a quorum, care for others, come closer to their Father in Heaven, and emulate the life of the Savior.

1 See Enos, the Brother of Jared, Joseph Smith, and TG Mountain

2 Mosiah 2:17See Preach My Gospel chapter 6

3 See Preach My Gospel chapter 6

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6 thoughts on “Scouters’ Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  1. Steve Faber

    I think this pledge helps underline the fact that Advancement, although a method of Scouting, is not the ONLY method of Scouting.

    I’m grateful to have this document to help communicate the intent and vision of Scouting in our council to parents and young men.

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  2. Don Ellison

    As a 14-year-old Scout in the Utah National Parks Council I earned my Eagle Scout rank. Since then I have been honored with both the National Eagle Scout Association Outstand Eagle Scout Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. I appreciate what Scouting does for our youth and their families. I have served in the Nation’s Capital for decades, both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America. Even though I have served as a counselor to three full-time mission presidents and found this work valuable, I find Scouting a more productive missionary tool because those not associated with the Church have many similar values. Thank you for preparing the Scouters’ Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will use it in the BSA Northeast Region.

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      1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

        Don, yes, we monitor all comments for spam and appropriateness. You do not have to do anything but submit the comment and as long as the comment is appropriate to our comment policy, it will post within an hour or the next day. I do not see another comment from you that is waiting moderation…have you made another comment and it’s not showing up?

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  3. Melissa

    Wow…I wish my son’s LDS Scout Troop believed in this. He gets more along the above from his Community Troop.

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