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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

How to Teach Your Children the Value of Adventure

Taught by Scott Wood


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 4 p.m. Ricks 161
Scott Wood

Scott Wood


Scott F. Wood received his B.S. in Special Education from the University of Utah. He then received his M. Ed in Educational Psychology from BYU and his M.Ph in Outdoor Recreation from the University of Utah.

Wood has spent over 27 years as an outdoor adventure based educator. In that time frame, he has been on over 25 extended (week-to-month-long) expeditions for college-aged students.

He has been married for 37 years to his wife Melissa. Together they have three children and nine grandchildren.

When he’s not teaching others, you can still find him enjoying the outdoors. He enjoys backcountry skiing, climbing the Tetons, and riding mountain and road bikes.

Wood has served as a ward bishop on the BYU-Idaho campus. At the moment, he is the advisor in the ward Priest quorum.

Class Outline

Many children are raised today by overly protective parents who do their best to guarantee the success of their children in everything they do.  If something is too hard or too challenging the parents are right there to pull the child out of the situation rather than let the child learn from the challenge.

In this class, we will discuss the benefits of allowing a child to face challenges - both physical and emotional - to help prepare them for the future challenges they will face when their parents are not there to help.

1. Display list of descriptive words that characterize most LDS home - words like safe, sterile, control, comfortable - and ask participants to suggest opposites to those words without just changing the prefix.

2. Discuss with the group which list of words best describe their home and have them explain why.

3. Ask which list the word "boredom" would go under and why.

4. Discuss the benefits of both lists of words and how both lists can strengthen children and families.

5. Refer to scriptures that deal with the idea of accepting challenges without always knowing what the results may be.  1 Nephi 4:6 "I was led by the spirit not knowing beforehand the things which I should do."  2 Nephi 25:23 "...we are saved by grace after all we can do."

6. Discuss how introducing adventure into the lives of children can be beneficial.

7. Have participants suggest ways they have involved adventure into their families.

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