Boy Scouts and Patriotism: Fun Facts to Celebrate the 4th of July

The Boy Scouts has a long history of showing support for their country. At the foundation of the Scouting program, President Woodrow Wilson described the purpose of the program. It was to teach boys...

The Time to Learn a New Program is Coming, the Time to Reflect is...

The time to learn a new program is coming soon.   The time to reflect is now. I do not criticize the new youth program  – I don’t even know what it is!   It will probably be...

What I Learned About God From My Father

Photo heymarchetti / Flickr To My Son and Son-in-Law: When I was about 10 years old, Grandpa Sillars left me alone on our acreage while he and grandma went into town. The last thing he said as...

Scouting in the Buddhist Community

Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the country behind Christianity, Judaism and Islam with an estimate of practitioners at 1.2 million people in the USA. Of those, 75 to 80 percent are of Asian descent and often inherited Buddhism as a...

Scouting Connects Young Men to Heaven

"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" (Psalms 8:3). Like this Psalmist, I often think about the creation of the moon and the...

Observing Memorial Day By Reflecting On Our Duty To God

Charlie Extrum, 15 (left), and Caleb Ward, 17 (right), work together to plant flags near headstones at the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Island. (Independent/Scott Kingsley) Memorial day originated after the American Civil War in 1868...

BSA National Meeting Summary

The Boy Scouts of Amer­i­ca held their National Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 24-26, 2017, cel­e­brat­ing 107 years of ser­vice to the nation’s youth through Scouting’s val­ues and pro­grams. Here are some of the...

Teaching Youth About Other Religious Faiths

I grew up in Scouting in an LDS troop, and I attended their church most of the time. I, myself, was not a member of their faith when I joined the troop. However, I did have...

BSA Responds to LDS Church Shift From Varsity and Venturing Programs

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) deeply appreciates our relationship with the LDS Church, one that began in the earliest years of the Scouting movement when the LDS Church became the first partner to...

Duty to God and You

RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. The BSA Statement of...