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Celebrating Scouting and Service

By Mormon.org
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The Scouting program was founded in the early 1900’s by Robert Baden-Powell. The program focuses on serving others, being prepared, and putting God first in all things. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in these simple principles and more than 430,000 Mormon men and boys are enrolled in the program today. Click here to chat with a Mormon about service.

Service to others is an important characteristic of a disciple of Jesus Christ. A disciple is willing to bear other people’s burdens and to comfort those who need comfort. As you serve others, you serve God and Jesus Christ.

Robert Baden-Powell once said: “The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. 'Be Prepared' in this way, to live happy and to die happy — stick to your Scout Promise always — even after you have ceased to be a boy — and God help you to do it.”

In 1913, just three years after the Boy Scouts of America was founded, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became its first sponsor and remains the largest sponsoring organization today. A program entitled “Duty to God” was implemented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a companion to the Scouting program and principles.

Watch the video below for more information on the “Duty to God” program:

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Last year marked the 100th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' affiliation and support of the Boy Scouts of America. Visit www.scouts100.lds.org to view "A Century of Scouting" -- a commemorative broadcast celebrating the last century of collaboration between the Church and the Boy Scouts of America.

Find out more about the Boy Scouts of America here.