‘Duty to God’ Remains Essential to Scouting

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This article was originally written by Jason Swensen for Church News. The following is an excerpt.  

The connection between a young man and his relation to deity is one of the founding tenets of Scouting.

The first Boy Scouts of America Handbook for Boys, published over a century ago, stated, “No boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God.” And the greenest Scout learns that “a Scout is reverent” even as he takes an oath “to do my duty to God and my country.”

For Latter-day Saint Scouts, the connection between a young man and the Lord is even more clearly defined. Scouting has long been the activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood for deacons, teachers, and priests in the United States. Cub Scouting helps prepare many Primary boys for priesthood service.

Said President Thomas S. Monson: “I believe in the power of Scouting to bless and enrich lives for good.”

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Kylie is a writer at LDS.net and graduate of BYU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She grew up in a Chicago suburb where she gained a passion for the Chicago Cubs. She enjoys writing and live event video production.