Tag Archives: Six Pillars of Being Prepared

By Joel Hood
Dec 20, 2015

How Building a Testimony of Christ Prepared Me to Do My Duty

The Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” Our Scouts will hear this command hundreds, perhaps thousands of times during troop meetings, pow-wows, and camps. Yet the phrase has no meaning until we answer the question, “What must they be prepared for?”  Otherwise, the motto becomes a trite, boring tidbit that our young men must recite before […]

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 Darryl Alder
Nov 06, 2015

Mac’s Messages on How Scouting Prepares Missionaries

It’s not often that we feel a need to point you to another blog, but the LDS-BSA Relationships blog has just run a series of insightful articles on the effects of Scouting on a missionary’s preparation. These articles are great resource for parents, leaders, and prospective missionaries that can help them make better use of […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 25, 2015

How the UNPC Works with and Reports to LDS Leaders

Four years ago, the Utah National Parks Council Executive Board started a new initiative to better serve our chartered partners. This initiative has changed the way we serve our largest chartered partner, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in significant ways. We changed our district structure to better align with LDS church coordinating […]

By Stan Lockhart
Jul 27, 2015

My Son’s Scout Experience

I’m an Eagle Scout. I remember well the campouts, working on merit badges, an Eagle project and Board of Review. And I remember my Eagle Court of Honor. I had a Scoutmaster who was trained and committed. My Scout experiences help me become who I am today. When my son entered Scouting, he was excited […]

By Elder Dane Leavitt
Jun 29, 2015

To Friends of Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council

Thank you for your kind support of Scouting, and the young men it serves. Over 65,000 families contributed to the Church’s 2014 “Friends of Scouting Drive” for the UNPC. A year has passed, and families may again respond to the First Presidency’s invitation to participate in the annual Friends of Scouting drive (Handbook 2, §13.6.8). As […]

By David Peterson
Jun 26, 2015

Be Prepared to Do Our Duty: Must We Choose Between our God and our Country?

“A man seeks employment on a farm. He hands his letter of recommendation to his new employer. It reads simply, ‘He sleeps in a storm.’ The owner is desperate for help, so he hires the man. Several weeks pass, and suddenly, in the middle of the night, a powerful storm rips through the valley. Awakened […]

By Paul Tikalsky
May 28, 2015

Be Prepared to Be Men of Integrity – Delivering a Quality Program for Our Young Men

It would not be a stretch to say that every mission president wants a young man who is physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. He wants an elder who is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. They need young men with the quality of integrity, who live […]

By Derrick Larsen
May 01, 2015

Be Prepared to be Good Husbands and Fathers – When My Father Wasn’t There

Scouting showed me what it meant to be honorable. Scouting showed me what it meant to help others. Scouting showed me what it was like to be a man of God. All of us hope that the young men in our lives will make the best choices for them and their future families. Therefore, we […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 06, 2015

Pillars for Communication With LDS Leaders

During the past nine months the Council Marketing Committee has presented tools to help Scouters better communicate with and help LDS leaders. These tools take the form of six pillars, called “Why Scouting Matters.” The Utah National Parks Council, BSA is grateful to Rushford Lee and the team at RED research for a second survey of LDS leaders, asking them […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 25, 2015

Is the Boy Scouts of America an inspired program? A Challenge to all seekers of truth

In a recent article, the question was raised about “What is the REAL problem with Scouting in the LDS Church.” People of every opinion flooded the comments section, sharing their view and experience on the subject with great passion. As the comments came in at an unexpected rate, all I could imagine was Dr. Frankenstein […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 25, 2015

Be Prepared Through Personal Growth and Learning to Serve – Service

In January we explored our first pillar of being prepared – testimony, and how youth themselves can promote this. This month we are covering pillar two which is:  “Be prepared through personal growth and learning to serve others through charity and doing a good turn daily.” The Good Turn is a hallmark of the BSA.  We were, in fact, started through […]

By Scott Major
Jan 01, 2015

Be Prepared by Developing a Testimony of Christ – Testimony

I believe that one of the primary things we should focus on in Scouting should be our Duty to God. In fact Lord Baden Powell (BP) said “Our objective in the Scouting movement is to give such help as we can in bringing about God’s Kingdom on earth by including among youth the spirit and […]

By Nick Hutchinson
Dec 08, 2014

Be Prepared by Learning Who We Are as Scouts and Sons of God – Integrity

One of the most important things a young man can learn today is how to determine right from wrong. In a world of so many opportunities, for good and not, it is imperative that our youth have ample opportunity to exercise their decision-making powers to learn to choose those things that will improve themselves and […]

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 […]