Scouting provides an outlet to emerging physical bodies. Our bodies were made to be active, in fact they get stronger the more we use them. We encourage you to do hard phsyical things. You may get tired but there is tremendous reward in climbing high mountains. Boyd K. Packer related how he was encouraged to be physical fit, “I remember a blessing I received when I was serving in the military. It included counsel that’s good for every young person: ‘“You have been given a body of such physical proportions and fitness as to enable your spirit to function through it. … You should cherish this as a great heritage. Guard [it] and protect it. Take nothing into it that shall harm the organs thereof because it is sacred. It is the instrument of your mind and [the] foundation of your character.”’ (Boyd K. Packer, “The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promises,” Ensign, www.lds.org May 1996, 17)
Aims of Scouting
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