In the priesthood session of the October 1982 general conference, Elder Robert L. Backman of the First Quorum of the Seventy told leaders, "It is imperative that you use all the resources available to reach every boy.

"Among those resources, Scouting provides a tested, proven program for us to use in holding our young men close to the Church. It appeals to boys. Its trail to the Eagle rank helps a young man set worthwhile goals, then realize them. . . ."Its camping, hiking, and high adventure provide marvelous opportunities for our young men to enjoy a man's experience with men, building wholesome relationships between youth and adult leaders, something that happens too seldom in our day."

Elder Backman further said, "Please give our young men the opportunity to stretch their souls in service. . . .

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"The sooner our young men have experiences in meaningful service, the sooner they will understand their priesthood responsiblilities and their own capacity to truly be their brother's keeper, and the sooner they will discover the key to lasting happiness."

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