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By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 20, 2016

Join us at the Celebration of Eagles – Nov. 19, 2016

Join us at the annual Celebration of Eagles banquet to honor Eagle Scouts who have devoted their lives to service and have become leaders in their communities and in the world. This year’s event will take place November 19, 2016, 6 – 9 pm at the Utah Valley University Grand Ballroom. Purchase tickets here, or sponsor a […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Oct 14, 2016

Camp JJ Celebrates Youth with Presidential Service Award

Families and friends crowded in the Canyonlands Room on Friday, October 7th at the Utah National Parks Council Headquarters Building.They came to watch their buddies and children receive the Presidential Service Award, an award that is given nationally for completing many service hours. Youth gathered together in groups to chat, rekindling summer friendships. People brought […]

Columbus Feature
By Darryl Alder
Oct 10, 2016

The Scout Law this Columbus Day

The New Era, February 1975, published some thoughts of Ezra Taft Benson, entitled  “Scouting Builds Men.” As President of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he recalled his Scouting experiences from 50 years earlier, to a time he was an Assistant Scoutmaster in tiny community in southern Idaho. […]

Kevin Hunt leading flag ceremony at Camp New Fork 2016
By Kevin Hunt
Oct 06, 2016

Scout Camp Program Director’s Summer Journal

Kevin V. Hunt Scouting Historian, Author and Speaker, Scouting Veteran, Camp Director “Wait, a minute,” you may say, “What does Camp New Fork” have to do with me?”  Well, Scouting is Scouting – wherever it may be – so this may be of interest in any other councils.   Before the summer of 2016 began, […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 05, 2016

Safety Share: Preparing to Drive Safely

This important reminder showed up today at the LDS-BSA blog:   The Scout Law reminds us: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Now think about your last road trip. Were you courteous and kind to other drivers? Obedient to traffic laws? Cheerful? The driver’s seat of a […]

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By Ali Mohammad
Oct 03, 2016

Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards Now Available

Effective immediately, leaders in the Utah National Parks Council who have completed their online internet advancement can order their advancement awards through our online order form and have them shipped directly to their house or pick them up at their local Council Service Center just in time for their pack meeting or court of honor. […]

By David Johnson
Oct 01, 2016

Fall Activities for Youth Groups and Families at Maple Dell Scout Camp

Attention young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and families groups: Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon is holding a fantastic off-season activities for you! Enjoy the high COPE course and zipline, rifle shooting, or hike through the ghost trails during the month of October. Haunted Ghost Trails Tis’ the season to be […]

Entrada High Adventure
By Ryan Bertram
Sep 30, 2016

Got Moab? Experience Fall Break at Entrada High-Adventure Base

Fall break, Oct. 20-22, is the perfect time to head to Entrada High Adventure Base near Moab, UT for a weekend of high adventure activities for a couple of reasons. One reason is for the moderate weather conditions in beautiful red rock country, and two for discounted canyoneering, biking and optional Geology Merit Badge course […]

By Darryl Alder
Sep 27, 2016

How Can We Involve Families in Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is different from soccer or 4-H in that it emphasizes a family connection that features parents as Akela, or the leader of the pack. As such, there needs to be a special partnership between the Wolf and Bear Scout and an adult partner, no matter if it is mom and dad, mom or dad, stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or any […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 26, 2016

Scouts Set Sail in Salem

Not even the rain could stop these tenacious Scouts. Thanks to our partnership with the Sea Scouts ship sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, boys had a chance to earn their sailing merit badge at Salem Pond in a Merit Badge Adventure. A cold, constant drizzle didn’t discourage them as they eagerly gathered around each station learning the ins […]

By Melany Gardner
Sep 25, 2016

How does Scouting help young men build confidence?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man to build confidence? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how Scouting instills confidence in themselves as leaders, achievers and sons of God. Robert Louder, […]

By Rawlin Bagnall
Sep 22, 2016

Scouts Throw, Shoot, Climb and Race to Victory at the 22nd Annual Sanpete Challenge

The Arapeen District of the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of American hosted the 22nd Annual Sanpete Challenge Saturday, September 10, 2016.  It started at the Mayfield City Park at 9 a.m. where nine teams and crews competed for victory and bragging rights. The event is designed to challenge older teens registered as Varsity […]

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BSA Thunder Ridge Scout Camp

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Photography by Mark A. Philbrick
By Maria Milligan
Sep 21, 2016

Thanks to the NRA Foundation, Shooting Sports Thrive at Camp

If you’ve ever participated in shooting sports at a Utah National Parks Council camp, you’ve been the beneficiary of the NRA’s generosity. Thanks to a long-standing relationship with the NRA Foundation, council camps have received new equipment and facilities to ensure youth stay safe and have fun while learning about shooting sports. Every camp in […]

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By John Gailey
Sep 19, 2016

Earn Merit Badges and Campout at Council Camps Year-Round

I have been a Scout leader for many years. As a Scout leader, there were a number of things that I constantly worried about. You perhaps have worried about them as well. They include: Giving plenty of opportunities for my boys to advance up to the Eagle rank Getting in the monthly campouts (including finding […]

By Maria Milligan
Sep 18, 2016

The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge

I loved Mac McIntire’s latest blog post on the LDS-BSA relationships website because he talks about the power of combining Philmont and Wood Badge training—a power I have seen first-hand. He says, “Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 17, 2016

Five Unusual Uses for Maple Dell Scout Camp

You might think Maple Dell Scout Camp is an ideal place to take Scouts camping, and you’re right. It’s proximity to nature, updated facilities, and hip camp staff are enough to make any teenage boy’s head spin. But, here are some unusual uses for the camp you might not have considered: 1. Throw a playful […]

By Scott Major
Sep 16, 2016

Lessons Learned After Scout Camp

As a camp director and district executive it is my sincere hope that when Scouts go to summer camp, they learn important lessons. These lessons can be in many forms; among them can be spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, or even Scouting basics. I have the opportunity to hear many stories about what Scouts learn during their time […]