Tag Archives: Scoutmaster’s Minute

Boy Scouts fishing
By Madison Austin
Mar 20, 2018

Hooked on fishing – How to give Scouts the best fishing experience

In Utah, there are so many beautiful places, near and far, to take Scouts fishing. Whether you want to try a simple pond or explore a wild river, the options are almost endless. In this article, I explore what I learned at the University of Scouting this year about the many ways to get Scouts actively involved […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 10, 2016

The Scout Law this Columbus Day

The New Era, February 1975, published some thoughts of Ezra Taft Benson, entitled  “Scouting Builds Men.” As president of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he recalled his Scouting experiences from 50 years earlier, when he was an assistant Scoutmaster in a tiny community in southern Idaho. In the […]

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, […]

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 […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 20, 2015

The Scout Oath and Law—a Pathway to Self-Reliance

Pillar 6–Integrity: Be prepared by learning who we are as Scouts and sons of God by keeping ourselves physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight, understanding our true nature as a son of God.  This month, November 2015, we have been teaching Young Men principles of temporal and spiritual self-reliance.  Two of the six Come, Follow Me […]

By Community Submission
May 31, 2015

Scoutmaster’s Minute: Only a Quarter

This story has appeared in many different forms, but every time it brings inspiration to those seeking to build character in themselves and others. In this version from thefamily.com, the traditional preacher has been replaced by an LDS missionary.  As you share this story with your Scouts, ask them how the small decisions they make every […]