Every year stake presidencies in the United States are invited to the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico. The purpose of this conference is to help stake leaders better understand how Scouting can support the Aaronic Priesthood.
The conference is held under the direction of the Young Men general presidency and the general Scouting committee of the Church. The faculty, selected from the Young Men general presidency and board and Primary general presidency and board, provides training in the programs and administration of Scouting as a supporting activity of the Aaronic Priesthood and Primary.
Leaders may register for one of two weeklong conference sessions. Because of high demand and limited space, priority is given to stake presidency members and their families. In addition, members of the stake presidency who register may invite a high councilor or stake Young Men president to attend with them, and applications for these leaders will be accepted if space is available. All other applications will be placed on a waiting list.
Each priesthood leader is encouraged to bring his wife and family to Philmont. While leaders are attending training classes, family members can participate in a variety of fun activities, including hiking, horseback riding, handicraft classes, special tours, or just relaxing.
|Handbooks, Manuals, and Websites|
|Aaronic Priesthood Website|
Resources for adult leaders and advisers who serve young men in the Aaronic Priesthood.
|Handbook 2: Administering the Church|
Guide for members of ward and stake councils.
|LDS Scouting Handbook (PDF)|
Guidelines and policies for Scouting programs in the Church.
|Come, Follow Me|
Interactive website for Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidencies and advisers.
|Safety in Church Activities|
Resources for planning and staging safe activities.
|Scouting & Activity Safety|
Safety matters for our youth and leaders.
|Leadership Training Library|
Library to help leaders and advisers learn and apply principles from Handbook 2.
Timely and engaging resources (music, videos, and more) for youth.
|Interactive Duty to God|
Online, interactive site for young men to capture their experiences related to Duty to God.
|For the Strength of Youth|
All of the sections of For the Strength of Youth as well as engaging videos and articles.
|The Doctrinal Foundation of the Auxiliaries|
Presentation delivered by Elder Richard G. Scott during the worldwide leadership training meeting on January 10, 2004.
|Faith in God Guidebook for Boys|
Helps boys ages 8 through 11 live gospel principles, develop testimonies, build friendships, and prepare to receive the Aaronic Priesthood.
|Scouting on LDS.org|
Comprehensive collection of Scouting resources for leaders.
|Cub Scout Materials|
Cub Scout resources for Primary-age boys.
|Boy Scout Materials|
Scouting resources for deacon-age young men.
Varsity Scout resources for teacher-age young men.
|Varsity Fast Start Training Videos|
Brief video overview of the Varsity Scout program and how it works.
|Varsity Play Book|
A quick look at the BSA Varsity Guide Book.
|Varsity Addendum (PDF)|
Instructions on how to implement Varsity Scouting in the Church.
Venture Scout resources for priest-age young men.
|Venturing Fast Start (PDF)|
Venturing programs support resources.
|Little Philmont Material|
Helpful materials related to hosting a Little Philmont.
|Adult Scout Training (PDF)|
Description of training required for members and others serving in Scouting positions.
|On My Honor Award|
Requirements for the LDS religious award for Boy Scouts.
|Scouting Supports the Priesthood (PDF)|
A downloadable display that shows the relationship between the priesthood and Scouting.
|Annual Charter Agreement (PDF)|
Responsibilities are outlined between a charter organization and their local BSA council.
|BSA Guide to Safe Scouting|
A guide to plan and implement safe Scouting activities.
|The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety|
Sixteen procedures for planning and implementing safe Scouting activities.
|Additional Information about Scouting’s Safety Programs|
Summary of safe Scouting principles and procedures.
|BSA Tour Plan FAQs|
A great source for commonly asked questions about BSA Tour Plans.
|BSA Adult Training Overview|
Precise overview of training required by BSA for adult leaders.
|BSA Youth Protection Training|
Policies, procedures, and required training related to youth protection.
|What Makes a Trained Leader (PDF)|
Summary of training required for each area of Scouting.
|Create a MyScouting Account to Take Official BSA Training Courses Online|
Guidelines for creating a personal account with the national BSA.
|Mormon Messages for Youth|
Media with inspiring messages for youth.
|Strength of Youth Videos 2012|
Media featuring music and videos for the 2012 Mutual theme.
|Aaronic Priesthood Instructional Media|
Instructional media for Aaronic Priesthood leaders and advisers.
|Shepherds Who Made All the Difference|
A young man talks about being rescued by wonderful shepherds in his life.
|A Family Legacy of Scouting|
A family shares how it has been blessed by the Scouting program.
A 13-year-old boy participates in a triathlon with his friend who has cerebral palsy.
|Aaronic Priesthood Anthem|
An inspiring anthem portrays priesthood holders fulfilling their duties.
|Fulfilling Your Duty to God|
Aaronic Priesthood young men explain how they fulfill their duty to God.
|Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Meeting|
An example of how adult leaders can use an Aaronic Priesthood quorum meeting to teach quorum presidencies their responsibilities.
|Aaronic Priesthood Presidency Meeting|
An example of how adult leaders can use an Aaronic Priesthood presidency meeting to teach quorum presidencies their responsibilities.
|Effective Aaronic Priesthood Presidendy and Quorum Meetings|
Young men and their leaders talk about the powerful impact these meetings can have.
|Empowering Aaronic Priesthood Leadership|
Young men and their leaders share experience where Aaronic Priesthood leaders were empowered.
|Ministering in the Aaronic Priesthood|
Young men and their leaders share insights on the powerful impact of ministering in the Aaronic Priesthood.
An example of a quality multistake activity for young men.
|Angels in Disguise|
After witnessing Chy Johnson, a student with special needs, being bullied day after day, Carson Jones got the entire Queen Creek High School football team to rally behind the girl.
|My Duty to God|
A deacons quorum president explains how he fulfills his duty to God by serving a member of his quorum.
An 18-year-old football coach uses his newly conferred Melchizedek Priesthood authority to call upon the healing powers of heaven.
|Faith in God and Scouting|
Resources for the Faith in God and Scouting programs specifially designed for the cub scouts and the eleven-year-old scouts.