By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 19, 2016

The Scouter’s Toolbox – Monthly Messages for all Scouters

Introducing a new resource for all LDS Scouters who serve the young men of the Utah National Parks Council—the Scouter’s Toolbox.

Scouter's Toolbox MarchWhat is the Scouter’s Toolbox?

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 month, the message will focus on one of the Six Pillars of Being Prepared,  developed by a survey of LDS stake presidents and bishops about why Scouting matters.

The goal of the Scouter’s Toolbox is to facilitate direct, consistent messaging for all the LDS units in our Council. We hope you will use these resources to teach and inspire those you serve in Scouting.pillar dates

The 11×17 document can be printed or viewed as an article electronically on The Boy Scout. You can also expect to see one in your email if you have signed up for our newsletter, or your unit commissioner may drop a hard copy off to you.

Read and Download This Month’s Message:

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

April 2016: Coming Soon

May 2016: Coming Soon

Why Was the Scouter’s Toolbox Created?

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the “Six Pillars” lately through your Scouting contacts, but you might not be sure what they are, where they came from, or how to use them in Scouting.

It all started with Rushford Lee, owner of Research Emotion Design (RED), who at the time was a ward Young Men president, asking himself the question, “Why does Scouting matter?” The question prompted him to embark on a large research project, asking that very question to the stake presidents and bishops in the Utah National Parks Council. The answers that RED found were these six pillars, or goals, that LDS leaders have for their youth in Scouting:

  • Develop a testimony of Jesus Christ and His Gospel;
  • Grow in capacity to charitably serve;
  • Prepare to serve a mission;
  • Build ability and confidence to do hard things;
  • Learn to become a good husband and father; and
  • Be physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Six Pillars not only portray why Scouting matters, but also what we want the outcomes of Scouting be for our young men.

We realized that If our Scouters throughout the council did not know these desired outcomes, how could they use Scouting effectively to achieve them? The Scouter’s Toolbox was created as means to provide a consistent message to all Scouters to use to inspire everyone they serve in Scouting—especially our young men. Focused on the Six Pillars, the suggestions inside are meant to inspire Scouters to focus on the positive outcomes these programs can have for their young men.

We pray you will use these messages where you can in your Scouting role and help us build our young men into honorable priesthood holders and men of God.

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