By Darryl Alder
Jun 28, 2015

15 Hard Things to do for the Lord through ALPS

Handbook for VenturersWhen it comes to Venturing, doing hard things makes the boy a man (or the girl a woman). The LDS website hosted at has this list of fifteen thing any teen could do to grow up stronger:

duty to god bookletHere are 15 “hard things” that you, as a young man, can choose do in order to become more like your Savior and better prepared to answer His call to serve. For older LDS youth registered Venturers (or dual registered as Varsity Scouts and a Venturers), these tasks mirror both Scouting and LDS Duty to God (DTG) programs. They are listed below by DTG requirement and Venturing experience area, namely: adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. (Youth who begin Venturing at age 16, may choose the alternate DTG requirements listed in parentheses for steps 5, 8, 9, 10, & 11. Credit may be applied for portions of requirements 1-7 if they were completed as written prior to June 1, 2014 and while the youth was registered as a Venturer. CPR & First Aid certifications must be current while you are registered as a Venturer).

  1. Getting Started
    After an orientation and welcome visit by your adult advisor and crew president and after being introduced to quorum members during a crew activity, affirm before your peers your willingness to live by the Scout oath and law, and to be a meaningful contributor to the group.
  2. Leadership
    Do the following:
    A) Complete Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) and the Crew Officer Orientation video;
    B) serve as an officer* for 6 months^;
    C) do TWO:
    1- serve a second 6-month term as an officer*,
    2- complete National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT),
    3- complete Kodiak, or
    4- lead a ILSC course; and
    D) share what you learned during the experience with your advisor.
    (* i.e. crew president, vice president, secretary, quartermaster, historian, guide, etc.; or corresponding positions as a Varsity Scout Team leader or Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidency member or as a VOA (Venturing Officers Association) or OA (Order of the Arrow) representative;  leadership experience also applies toward the Eagle Scout leadership requirement).
  3. Adventure
    Participate in a total of seven Tier II* activities with your crew. At least two Tier II activities are to be combined into one Tier III event such a crew superactivity.
    Conduct the Kodiak leadership course during your super-activities.
    (*any crew/team/quorum event beyond a regular activity that requires some prior planning & skill development- i.e. a 1-2 night campout or special event; highlighting program event of at least 4 nights that requires extensive planning, skill and resource preparation, and that is physically and mentally challenging- i.e. your year-end super-activity).
  4. Leadership
    Serve as a leader for one Tier II adventure, work with a mentor, plan for contingencies, prepare the participants to take part, work with a consultant if needed, and lead a reflection following the activity.
  5. Service
    Serving Others DTG pp 50 and 74
    Contrast attitudes found in 1Nephi: 2:16-18; 3:1-7, 28-31; 4:1-2; 17:7-19, 50-51; and 18:1-4.
    List the attitudes one should have when serving others. Share your list with someone.
    AND discuss the reasons we serve others as described in: James 1:27, Mosiah 2:17 and 18:8-10, Matthew 22:36-40, John 13:34-35. (Alternate is to complete only the second portion if you are already a priest)
    Plan several things you will do on your own and with your crew to serve your family and others. Complete 30 hours* of individual service and 30 hours* of crew service. Keep a record of service provided. Share with someone your experiences and how your attitude affected your service and how serving others made you less self-centered
    (*these hours may include time you dedicated towards completing your Eagle Scout leadership project).
  6. Service– Serving Others DTGpp50&74) Plan several things you will do on your own and with your crew to serve your family and others. Complete 30 hours* of individual service and 30 hours* of crew service. Keep a record of service provided.Share with someone your experiences and how your attitude affected your service and how serving others made you less self-centered (*these hours may include time you dedicated towards completing your Eagle Scout leadership project).
  7. Growth:
    FtSofYTraining- Education Project DTG p 55.  Read D&C88:77-80 and the section entitled “Education” in For the Strength of Youth. Consider what, why, and how the Lord wants you to learn. Read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and identify your role as a future husband and father. Write your answers and discuss with someone what the benefits are of an education and how will it help you as a missionary, husband and father. Create a project that enables you to complete all the career skills training experiences required for the Venturing Summit award, namely: safety awareness, CPR & first aid certification, goal setting and time management, project management, and mentoring* and participation in two ethical controversies while serving as a facilitator* for one of them.  Write down how this project has prepared you for your future and share your experience with someone. (*may be completed after concluding the teacher DTG project if you have already advanced to become a priest)
  8. Service-Inviting Others DTGp52) Read D&C 20:53 and discuss with an adult what you can do to become a better home teacher. Read Alma 17:2-3, 9 and write down ways in which you could follow the example of the sons of Mosiah. Pray and ponder who you could invite to come unto Christ and how you could fellowship and encourage at least one peer to participate more fully with the crew. As a project, write down and act upon your plans to strengthen and grow your quorum as you improve as a home teacher, invite someone to come unto Christ, and fellowship someone while helping them to become more involved in the crew. (Alternate- follow the same pattern to complete Priest DTG-PD- Invite Others to Come unto Christ p76)
  9. (P. Growth: Self- Spiritual Habits DTGp38) study James 1:5-6, Alma 34:17-28, 3 Nephi 18:5-6, and Moroni 10:3-5 and identify principles that can make your prayers more meaningful. Study Helaman 3:29-30 and D&C 18:33-36 and 84:85 to understand how to approach scripture study and the blessings that comes from it. Reflect upon the current status of your personal prayers and scripture study. Set a goal, make a specific plan, and implement that plan to improve your daily habits of study and prayer. Share with your advisor what you have learned during this experience. (Alternate- apply the “personal reflection / make a goal & plan” steps for Priest DTG-SS Pray & Study p62)
  10. P. Growth: Faith- Understand Doctrine DTGp42) Write some questions your friends might have about Church beliefs and what doctrinal topics you might study to be able to answer these questions. Choose 4 of these topics (DTG p20), learn about them, create a simple outline for each of them, teach someone about these topics using your outlines, and reflect on your experience. Share with your advisor the results of your reflection, your goal and plan for developing the lesson outlines, your teaching of them to someone, and how you felt when you did. (Alternate- apply the “personal reflection/ make a goal & plan” sequence for Priest DTG-SS Understand Doctrine p66)
  11. P  Growth: Others- Live Worthily DTGp40) Study D&C 121:41-45 and write down principles that govern the use of the priesthood, define any unfamiliar terms, and think of how you might apply these principles. Review verses 45 and 46 to identify what blessings come from applying these principles. Then study D&C 63:16 and identify the consequences of having unclean thoughts. Contrast these warnings with D&C 121:45. Study four sections from For the Strength of Youth that will help you to have virtuous thoughts. Set a goal and make a plan for how you will apply these standards in your life and how you will help others to do the same. (Alternate- apply the “personal reflection/make a goal & plan” sequence for Priest DTGSS Live Worthily p64)
  12. Leadership) Mentor a crew member in the planning and implementation of a significant crew event. Ensure that he is ready to lead, has organized the necessary resources, prepared for contingencies, developed an itinerary, conducted necessary training, and mitigated risk. Participate in the adventure and provide feedback regarding his efforts.
  13. P. Growth: Others- Relationships DTGp79) Study Matthew 5-7 and make a list of how the Savior taught us to treat others and record examples of when he lived these principles. Read the sections entitled “Family” and “Friends” in For the Strength of Youth and record phrases that express these principles. Write how priesthood service is different when you love those you serve, how you felt when someone showed Christlike love for you, and how you can show love for family and others. Share your recorded thoughts with someone. Create and carry out a project that includes a plan (code of conduct) to improve your relationship with your family and how to be a better friend. Have your advisor approve your project before you begin. Record how the experience you gained by your project helped you to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ
  14. P. Growth- Mission Prep DTGp84) Read D&C 84:33-34 and “Melchizedek Priesthood” in True to the Faith then teach others about what you learn. Read D&C 53:3 to learn what will be required of you to prepare to teach the gospel, namely: personal worthiness, testimony, gospel knowledge, Christlike attributes, work habits, and physical health. Learn the requirements for missionary service and record them. Create and carry out a project that includes a specific plan (code of conduct) for your preparation to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood (MP) and to serve a full-time mission. Have your advisor approve your project before you begin. Your plan should include: reading the Book of Mormon and recording specific examples of how your life was influenced by your studies and interviewing three MP holders to learn and record their answers to: What are the duties of an elder? What is the difference between holding the priesthood and having priesthood keys? What would you recommend I do to prepare to receive the MP? How has holding the MP blessed you in your life? and How do you perform the ordinances of the MP? Write what you learned while carrying out your project and share it with someone
  15. Leadership Service Project) Create, plan, and conduct a Venturing Summit Award Service Project that benefits an institution (other than BSA), school, or community. Before you start the project, your proposal must be approved by the benefiting organization, your advisor, and BSA or representative LDS Scouting authorities (as per local practices). The project must meet requirements specified in the Venturing Summit Award Service Project WorkbookNote:  By doing these “hard things” for the Lord, you will have completed 15 meaningful steps to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ and to prepare to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, to make and keep sacred temple covenants, to serve an honorable full-time mission, and to become a faithful husband and father. You will have completed 6 of 7 teacher and 3 of 8 priest DTG requirements including all three projects (or 7 of 8 priest DTG requirements if you chose the alternate priest-age only pathway).

    DTG requirements remaining to be completed are as  follows: Teacher DTG- PD-Performing Ordinances (p48); Priest DTG- SS- Prayer & Study (p52), Live Worthily (p64), and Understanding Doctrine (p66); and Priest DTG- PD- Performing Ordinances* (p72), and Inviting Others (p76). (*this is the only priest DTG requirement remaining if you chose the alternate priest-age only pathway)

    You will have also completed all the requirements to earn the new BSA Venturing recognition awards for achievement- Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder and Summit awards (official eligibility for these awards requires advisor conferences and board of reviews. See the published BSA requirements for these Venturing awards)

    Advisor conferences and board reviews are to be held sequentially aafter the requirements for each award are completed- the Discovery (typically during year 1), Pathfinder in year 2), and Summit awards during year 3 of your Venturing experience.

    These 15 hard things are listed in their recommended order of progression. Steps 2-7 include multiple components which may occur intermittently over a few years. As mentioned above, you may also receive credit for having completed portions steps 2-7 prior to June 1, 2014 if you were a registered Venturer at the time and if you completed the requirement as written.

    For specific Summit and  Duty to God requirements  see

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