2014 Traverse Mountain Stake Little Philmont Leadership Conference

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Dear Scouter,

Welcome to Little Philmont! Anyone in a calling that serves Scouting—from Cubs to Ventures: including Primary presidencies and Cub leaders; adult YM presidencies and Scout, Varsity and Venture leaders; Committee leaders; Unit Commissioners and Bishoprics—we are looking forward to having you and your family join us at the beautiful Heber Valley Camp September 5th and 6th. We will be joined at the event by Charles L. Cutler, a member of the Young Men General Board.

This leadership conference is intended to be a family experience. We encourage you to bring your spouse and children of all ages with you to Little Philmont. While you are in training, your family (18 mo. and up) will enjoy a variety of activities and programs. You will also have family time so you can all enjoy Little Philmont together and make new friends.

WHY do we do this? President Monson explains:

I want to see the power of the Priesthood strengthened… I want to see this strength and power diffused through the entire body of the Priesthood, reaching from the head down to the least and most humble deacon in the Church. If ever there were a time when the principles of Scouting were vitally needed—that time is now. Impossible to measure is the great good which has come from this organization during the past century. … I believe in Scouting. I believe in the goals of the organization. I believe in the power of Scouting to bless and enrich lives for good.

General leadership of the Church has asked that we “Capture the Vision of Scouting” and recognize that our efforts as Scout Leaders can have eternal consequences. The objective of Little Philmont is to strengthen the Aaronic Priesthood by: 1) achieving real growth through Scouting, 2) strengthening shepherds and 3) engaging each boy and young man to fulfill his duty to God and become a faithful priesthood man. Training is essential to understanding Scouting and feeling confident that we can implement the program. “Leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should be the best implementers of Scouting in the world,” said David L. Beck, our General YM President, “training is an important step toward that end.”

Our Stake Little Philmont will kick off Friday morning, September 5th at 8:00 AM with check-in, a flag ceremony and brief orientation after which Scout Leaders will break into conference training and spouses and children will break into age appropriate activities. Families will reunite for lunch and then break-out again for afternoon training and activities. Prior to the dinner hour there will be full family fun activity time. After dinner there will be a family competition “derby” and campfire program.
Our program for Saturday, September 6th will begin with breakfast at 8:00 AM and then a morning devotional and flag ceremony before breaking out for leader training and family activities. Everyone will join for lunch after which there will be more training and activities prior to families joining the closing ceremony of the conference.

Reserve your family’s place now by registering on-line as cabins are limited. As a Stake Presidency we look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Scouting,

Traverse Mountain Stake Presidency: Presidents Yadon, Carpenter and Heninger