By Steven Baugh
Oct 29, 2015

What Scouting Has to Do with STP Oil Treatment

Consider the oil treatment product STP. Written right on the back of my bottle says that it is formulated to “reduce engine wear,” “keep vital engine parts cleaner,” “reduce oil consumption,” and “help engines run well longer.” Well, this sounds like a great cleaner for my engine, but how does this relate to Scouting?

Steven Baugh and STP

Steven Teaches the STP principle wherever he goes.

Perhaps there is a “product” that would help our units run well longer or reduce engine wear on a den leader or Scoutmaster. If so, what might that be? Well, as it turns out, there is such a “product;” It’s called STP.

“S” Stands for Staffing

For example, do we have functioning Scout committees at the ward level? Or chairs for all positions at the district level with active committee members?

“T” Stands for Training

For example, has everyone taken Youth Protection training? Leader Specific training? Other trainings for their particular position? Is everyone attending Roundtable? What about Wood Badge or Philmont?

“P” stands for Program

For example, are our Varsity leaders familiar with the Varsity program? If so, are they trying to implement it? Are our Venturing leaders familiar with the Venturing program? If so, are they trying to implement it?

As leaders at the ward, stake, or district level, our challenge is to do all we can to ensure that we are fully staffed, fully trained, and fully implementing the programs. As we do this, our leaders will experience less “engine wear” and our packs, troops, teams, and crews will “run well longer.”

 The 4 M’s

Why, then, do we want our packs, troops, teams, and crews to “run well longer”?

Baden Powell said, “Scouting is a game with a purpose.” For LDS units, that purpose can be captured in what has been called the 4 M’s. They are:

Melchizedek Priesthood


Temple Marriage

Meaningful service

Young Scout and Missionary Dual Pics CROPPEDSure, we want our boys and young men to participate in Scouting for the fun, excitement, and challenge. But there are goals we have for them that go beyond this. The fun, the excitement, the challenge—Scouting itself—are but tools to our primary goals. We want them to be prepared to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, serve honorable missions, return and marry in the temple, and give meaningful service for the remainder of their lives.

My hope and challenge to each of us is that we will think about STP and the 4 M’s and find ways to use these ideas to strengthen our Scout units and use the inspired resource of Scouting to achieve the goals we have set for our boys and young men.

0712-08 School of Education Faculty Baugh, Steven McKay School of Education December 6, 2007 Photo by Kenny Crookston Copyright BYU Photo 2007 All Rights Reserved (801)422-7322


Author: Steven Baugh | Council Vice-president of District Operations

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