Boy Scouts

By  Emily Abel
December 06, 2021 01:05 PM MST
Fifteen-year-old McKay Nelson started a project centered on the Book of Mormon that ultimately gathered participants from Bulgaria to New Zealand.
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November 20, 2019 04:20 PM MST
If you have been thinking about getting rid of your camping supplies since the discontinuation of the scouting program, the Young Men general presidency of the Church says to think again.
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September 04, 2019 04:51 PM MDT
“This is a wonderful partnership,” Elder Ronald A. Rasband, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said of his personal involvement in Boy Scouts of America. “I am a product of this [BSA] of an earlier day in my life with Boy Scout Troop 95.” He said his Scoutmasters and his mother helped him get through the Scouting ranks.
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July 17, 2019 06:59 PM MDT
The new initiative to replace the Boy Scouts and Personal Progress programs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is called "Children and Youth" and will be rolled out in September in a special worldwide satellite broadcast.
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April 29, 2019 12:29 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving forward on its new global initiative for children and youth that will become available to millions of Latter-day Saint children and youth beginning in 2020. The initiative will provide children, youth, families and leaders personalized opportunities to grow spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually through meaningful activities, service, gospel learning and inspired goal-setting.
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July 30, 2018 05:34 PM MDT
While hiking with his scout group, Garrett Hunter went missing on Saturday morning. Officials were concerned that Garrett, who has Asperger's syndrome, might not approach anyone for help, but, with the help of ward members, Garrett was found and safely returned home.
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Fun
July 20, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
It's been said that Mormons would fare well in a post-apocalyptic world, but we think that there's more to it than just food storage. See how Mormons will have a leg up on the competition if brain-eating zombies walked the streets.
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July 19, 2018 04:40 PM MDT
Salem Police have identified the Scout leader who drowned as 22-year-old Wesley Robert Kratzer of Orem.
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By  Yvonne Liu
June 15, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
Ollie Cantos never thought he would be the father of triplets—until he met Steven, Nick, and Leo. Learn how this family discovered the gospel and the blessings of an eternal family.
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May 18, 2018 05:16 PM MDT
“I think the young man sitting here has changed history,” Senator Jim Dabakis said. “That giant institution, the Boy Scouts of America, yielded to Logan Blythe and now there is a separate track for all Boy Scouts of America who are mentally challenged because of what this young man did.”
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May 09, 2018 12:29 PM MDT
On Tuesday, May 8, the Church announced it will be launching a new worldwide initiative for youth and children and will be leaving Scouting at the end of 2019. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions the Church published on Mormon Newsroom about these changes.
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May 02, 2018 01:44 PM MDT
Last year, the Church decided to drop its scouting programs for boys ages 14–18, but recent changes to scouting still impact those involved in Cub Scouts in the Church.
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December 04, 2017 03:28 PM MST
On Friday, the First Presidency sent a letter to Area Seventies and stake and district presidents announcing the Church would discontinue its annual Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Scout Ranch.
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By  ARL Now
November 17, 2017 02:17 PM MST
Last year, we shared People'sstory of a blind, LDS Attorney who adopted three blind triplets and gave them new hope and purpose in life. Now, these three young men have earned their Eagle Scout awards through the Boy Scouts of America. Such an accomplishment is no small task, but these boys were determined to prove that "blindness . . . is no big deal."
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Fun
October 30, 2017 10:00 PM MDT
Sick and tired of being a witch, a hobo, or a toilet-paper mummy for Halloween five years in a row? Still looking for that great Halloween costume that will turn the heads of your fellow ward members? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
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October 24, 2017 02:59 PM MDT
Timothy M. Watabe, bishop of the Dublin 1st Ward in Ohio, died in a rappelling accident in Hocking State Forest on Saturday.
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October 11, 2017 03:43 PM MDT
On Wednesday, Boy Scouts of America announced its plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting in 2018 and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. Here is the Church's response to these changes.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
September 20, 2017 07:13 AM MDT
Even if you have never competed in the Pinewood Derby, you’ve surely heard of it. One of the most important competitions of the year; the Pinewood Derby is a great opportunity to get your ward together for some friendly competition. Every year thousands of children (and their dads) come together to build the best car they can.
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September 15, 2017 02:32 PM MDT
The Young Men General Presidency recently described some of the key principals and methods for the new Young Men program for 14–18-year-olds taking the place of the Scouting program for Varsity and Venturing Scouts this January.
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August 07, 2017 12:00 PM MDT
Please join us in praying for the Julian family.
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July 25, 2017 12:38 PM MDT
It's exciting to hear of progress being made for the Church's new program for young men ages 14 to 18.
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July 03, 2017 01:01 PM MDT
We are praying for those families impacted by this accident.
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June 30, 2017 05:10 PM MDT
LDS teen Luke Bennett was working at a Boy Scout camp last week when he fell about 40-feet, resulting in an injury that has left him without the use of his legs so far, but his family is hoping for the best.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
June 27, 2017 05:18 PM MDT
Thanks to Deseret News for making us aware of Twitter's #ModernDayBoyScoutBadges.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
June 13, 2017 07:43 PM MDT
Jonathan Cavender's father was a race car driver, but he decided to stop racing after his children were born due to the dangerous nature of races. Although he stopped racing professionally, his love for racing never diminished. Jonathan's father shared this love with his children by helping them prepare cars for pinewood derby races. However, Jonathan and his brother always knew that family was their father's highest priority.
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May 16, 2017 02:13 PM MDT
LDS Boy Scouts Jon and Daniel Holverson received national awards for their quick emergency response that saved a man's life.
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May 11, 2017 03:24 PM MDT
The LDS Church announced on Thursday that it will drop Scouting programs for teens ages 14–18 and implement a new program for young men in 2018. In light of this announcement, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland praised Scout leaders for support of the LDS Church.
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By  LDS Living
May 11, 2017 12:51 PM MDT
The First Presidency announced in a letter on Thursday that the Church will no longer charter Varsity and Venture Scouting programs and released the new Church program for young men ages 14–18.
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By  LDS Living
May 11, 2017 11:58 AM MDT
With the decision for the Church to drop Scouting programs for boys ages 14–18, some may have questions about what this change means and how it will affect the Church's involvement with Boy Scouts of America.
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May 11, 2017 11:20 AM MDT
"In most congregations in the United States and Canada, young men ages 14-18 are not being served well by the Varsity or Venturing programs, which have historically been difficult to implement within the church," a Church statement said about the change. "This change will allow youth and leaders to implement a simplified program that meets local needs while providing activities that balance spiritual, social, physical and intellectual development goals for young men."
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March 15, 2017 06:35 PM MDT
Does scouting help boys on missions?
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March 05, 2017 10:00 PM MST
For young men in the Church, there is a lot expected from them at a very early age. From priesthood responsibilities to merit badges, there are a lot of opportunities for them to learn and grow both physically and spiritually. But sometimes it can seem overwhelming—even for those helping them! To ease the burden, here are 8 requirements for Boy Scouts that also count for Duty to God.
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By  LDS Living
January 31, 2017 07:22 PM MST
AfterBoy Scouts of America announced that it will begin accepting transgender boys in its boys-only program, the Church released the following statement:
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January 31, 2017 12:59 PM MST
Learn more about how the Boy Scouts of America's announcement that the program will allow transgender boys to participate might impact the Church.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
December 02, 2016 06:42 PM MST
While taking part in two viral hashtags, Boy Scout Troop 1262—which is made up of young refugees and led by former refugee Saborn Va—helped #LIGHTtheWORLD while doing the mannequin challenge on Temple Square this Christmas season. Check out their fun video below:
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October 06, 2016 12:30 PM MDT
In June, the Boy Scouts of America broke groundon a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide its young members with hands-on leadership training. The Thomas S. Monson Complex, according to a BSA representative, will be built to further "the [Scouting] mission to shape and develop the nation's next generation of leaders."
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August 31, 2016 12:41 PM MDT
Jared Smith was rafting with a group of Scouts down the Green River in Flaming Gorge, Utah, on June 21 when the unthinkable happened.
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July 29, 2016 01:10 PM MDT
A Summit County fire that is burning on 20 acres of land in Utah as of Thursday evening forced the evacuation of many hikers in the area, including Boy Scouts.
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July 06, 2016 12:00 PM MDT
Scouting Magazine recently published its list of how many Eagle Scouts each state produced in 2015. Number one on the list for the seventh straight year in a row was Utah.
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June 28, 2016 12:06 PM MDT
One LDS Boy Scout troop has taken the First Presidency's charge and the Relief Society's "I Was a Stranger" initiative to heart. Troop 411 in Phoenix, Arizona, teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to build and donate bikes for refugees.
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June 20, 2016 06:30 PM MDT
The Allen family lives and breathes Scouting. From grandparents to the youngest grandson, they’re all Eagle Scouts or working on becoming one.
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By  LDS Living
June 14, 2016 03:45 PM MDT
On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America will break ground on a state-of-the-art facility providing its young members with hands-on leadership training. The complex, according to a BSA representative, will be built to further "the [Scouting] mission to shape and develop the nation's next generation of leaders."
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June 07, 2016 05:48 PM MDT
Two veteran LDS Scout leaders were recently selected to serve in key national posts with the Boy Scouts of America.
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May 27, 2016 12:59 PM MDT
“In a day when some people are using religious faith to divide the human family, this little gathering is a bold declaration that commitment to deity can and should be a powerful, uniting force in this world,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a national meeting of Scout leaders. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is holding its annual gathering in San Diego, California, where Elder Holland was the keynote speaker during a breakfast meeting Thursday, May 26, 2016.
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May 16, 2016 01:45 PM MDT
Everyone loves lists, including Mormons. In fact, from Primary on up, we are encouraged to make or memorize lists, like the Articles of Faith. But here are a few lists of virtues that we say often within the Church that you might not have realized were lists. These lists remind us of what is most important and teach us the kind of people we should strive to be.
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April 20, 2016 03:35 PM MDT
The Boy Scouts of America recently held a special presentation honoring three former women leaders in the Church for their service to the organization.
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January 28, 2016 04:59 PM MST
"It has been my experience that it is wisdom to stay with the Brethren—don’t lag behind them, and don’t try to get ahead of them. . . . The charge for each of us is to not fritter away our efforts trying to second guess the Brethren, but to use this time to more effectively understand this wonderful resource we have in Scouting."
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October 01, 2015 08:50 AM MDT
A lot has happened in the world and within the Church since last general conference—from the US Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage to the death of three Apostles to the dedication of four new temples. It's incredible to think just how much can change over six short months. Take a look!
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September 22, 2015 02:39 PM MDT
MR says: There has been a lot of debate within the Church about its involvement in the Boy Scouts of America this summer. Find out how most Mormons feel about the program following the First Presidency's decision to stick with the program.
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August 26, 2015 01:50 PM MDT
After a vote on a policy change by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to admit openly gay leaders, the Church released a statement saying they were deeply "troubled" and "re-evaluating" their relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.
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August 18, 2015 12:55 PM MDT
MR says: See what most Utah Mormons think about the Church's future with the Boy Scouts of America.
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August 07, 2015 09:34 PM MDT
MR says: A BYU camp, popular for Church youth conferences and girls camps, has been closed due to bear sightings in the campground.
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July 27, 2015 10:17 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today after a vote on a policy change by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to admit openly gay leaders:
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July 27, 2015 01:30 PM MDT
UPDATE: The Church has released an official statement following the BSA's decision to allow gay leaders to participate in the Scouting program.
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July 20, 2015 03:45 PM MDT
MR says: When a Salt Lake stake sponsored a refugee boy scout troop, they had no idea their work would take these boys to Japan and Myanmar.
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July 15, 2015 05:30 PM MDT
MR says: Read the Church's response to the Boy Scouts of America's resolution to allow gay leaders here.
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July 13, 2015 07:21 PM MDT
On Friday, July 10, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution to allow chartered organizations to select Boy Scout leaders without regard to sexual orientation--a decision which the National Executive Board will meet to ratify later this month.
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May 21, 2015 11:01 PM MDT
Photo from Mormon Newsroom
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February 25, 2015 12:19 PM MST
I’ve been fairly heavily involved in LDS Scouting for about fifteen years now. I’ve served at the unit, district, council, and national level. I’ve worked alongside parents, merit badge counselors, BSA employees, camp staff, senior council and national volunteers, and of course, youth. At this point, I’m ready to make a full declaration of what is wrong with Scouting in the LDS Church.
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May 23, 2013 08:40 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded today to the Boy Scouts of America vote on its membership policy with the following statement: A letter signed by the First Presidency of the Church is being sent to all Latter-day Saint congregation leaders throughout the United States. The letter will include the reaffirmation of Church policies and standards referenced in today's public statement.
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