Invitation to Celebrate “A Century of Honor”–100 Years of Scouting in the LDS Church

The following event was announced over the pulpit in church on Sunday.  I invite all scouts–old and young, members of the LDS Church as well as friends of other faiths–to join with us in celebrating the “A Century of Honor,” with music, history, and inspirational words from scouting and LDS Church leaders.

Boy scouting made a tremendous, positive impact on my life, and I look forward to serving and paying it forward to other boys who will become men through the powerful programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

Event to Celebrate 100 Years of Scouting in the Church – Church News and Events

From the article:

All Scout troops in North America are invited to participate by viewing the broadcast live at a local LDS stake center or online during or after the broadcast at Priesthood leaders are encouraged to use the broadcast to build relationships with Scout units, families, and others in the community. Local leaders may wish to coordinate an  outreach effort with the BSA leaders in their area.

In 1907, Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England, and in 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was founded. The [LDS] Church became the first sponsor of Scouting in the United States in 1913 and is now the largest sponsoring organization of BSA with more than 430,000 boys and young men enrolled.

President Thomas S. Monson, who has served on the BSA National Executive Board longer than any other member, said, “Scouting brings out the best in each of us. You’ve learned much from Scouting. Live what you’ve learned and will continue to learn.  Help others to hike the trails, to keep steadfast in the paths of truth, of honor, of duty, that all of you can soar together on eagles’ wings.” (“President Thomas S. Monson Discusses Strengths of Scouting”).

(Emphasis added. Read more)

If you go

When: October 29, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. MDT (8:00 CDT)
Where: Live broadcast at a local LDS stake center throughout North America in English and Spanish.  Also online during or after the broadcast at
What: “Scout choirs, historical vignettes, and videos highlighting important events, service, and achievements from the past century. Thousands of local Scouts of all ages will participate. Members of the First Presidency of the Church as well as national BSA leaders and executive board members are expected to attend” (from article linked above).


One comment on “Invitation to Celebrate “A Century of Honor”–100 Years of Scouting in the LDS Church

  1. I learned a few things from your research. I didn’t know that LDS sponsored the first Scout units in the U.S., while I am aware that it remains one of the BSA’s most visible and largest chartering organizations nationwide.

    Faith based sponsors, including churches of many denominations, have long supported BSA with charters, making it possible for millions of boys to enact Scouting in their neighborhoods. But with the recent policy change, many (not most) of these sponsors are rethinking their ties to BSA. Some have even formed their own “format” of the Scouting model to accommodate their sincerely held convictions.

    Personally, I remain a strong advocate for Scouting, even though I disagree with the new policy. I hope that my convictions will not be rejected by BSA going forward, but I am concerned that people of sincere faith, who share my moral convictions, are being made unwelcome by National Council, which has enacted this new policy.

    Scouting taught me to be a tolerant Christian believer, one who accepted that other Scouts—indeed, other folks in all walks of life—deserved my respect and honor, even if they didn’t share my beliefs or convictions. “To help other people at all times” meant that I did not exclude those who didn’t look, behave, or believe as I did. Nevertheless, I followed that up with, “To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” And, until recently, BSA seemed to uphold that. Now, I’m not so sure.

    I used a phrase a few moments ago, the “format” of Scouting. Because, as you well know, Scouting exists as a big idea that finds its actualization in myriad ways across this planet. BSA has been the dominant format in the U.S. pretty much since its founding. But it’s not the only format around. And now, with this watershed policy change, a significant number of Troops—at the local level of course—are breaking ties with BSA to enact new formats. I am torn; I sympathize with them, because I share their sincerely held convictions, but I fear that it will weaken the Scouting movement, the “big idea” on a national, even global level.

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