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By Utah National Parks Council
May 09, 2018

Utah National Parks Council Committed to Serving LDS Youth and Future Community Partners

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Yesterday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America announced that beginning in 2020, the Church will no longer charter Scouting units because they will be launching a new program that meets the needs of their increasingly global membership. […]

By Annaleis Smith
Jul 17, 2018

The Future of Scouting in Utah

I’ve heard it said that “The future is what you make of it.”  Well, that is certainly true about the future of Scouting in Utah.  It will be what the Scouts, the parents, and the Scout leaders decide they want it to be.  It will be what we make happen. It can be almost anything […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jul 12, 2018

Understaffed and Overwhelmed?

Want to pull your hair out when dealing with unit (pack, troop, crew, post, ship) issues? Maybe you don’t have enough support from your leaders or you’re understaffed and overwhelmed with Scouting. What can you do? In this article, we’ll share issues many units face and possible ways to solve them. The ‘Why‘ Yes, it’s […]

By McKenna Hunt
Jul 11, 2018

Join the Scout Choir and Perform at the Midway Swiss Days Festival!

The hills are alive with the sound of music! Midway’s Swiss Days festival has invited the Utah National Parks Scout Choir to serenade their crowds of thousands on Saturday, Sep. 1, 2018. This cherished, traditional event which Midway has held since the 1940s boasts excellent food, charming entertainment, and family fun for all ages. The […]

patriotic service
By Julia Thompson
Jul 04, 2018

Patriotic Service with President Owen at the Freedom Festival in Provo

The Freedom Festival is an event that happens in Provo each July. People from all over Utah gather to celebrate our freedoms. Some of the events at this multi-day celebration include Balloon Fest, Freedom Run, Patriotic Service, and Cries of Freedom the Musical. The Colonial Heritage Festival portion of the gathering is an old fashion […]

donor day
By Julia Thompson
Jun 28, 2018

Donor Day 2018 at Maple Dell Scout Camp

The Utah National Parks Council is so grateful for our donors. To show our thanks, we host an annual Donor Day at Maple Dell Scout Camp. This year’s event took place on June 19th. The donors had an immersive experience and were able to see the what Scout camp is like first hand. Donor Day […]

cub scouting essentials
By Julia Thompson
Jun 26, 2018

Cub Scouting Essentials: Doing Your Best and Where to Start

So, you are a new leader or have a child who is new to Cub Scouts, now what? Although Cub Scouting can seem daunting, as it is the first step many youth, leaders and parents often take into Scouting, it is well worth it. The skills learned in this program will be the essential building blocks for a […]

Eagle Scouts
By Community Submission
Jun 22, 2018

16 Eagles

An Eagle Court of Honor honoring 16 Eagle Scout candidates was held Sunday, March 25, 2018, for the Santa Clara 10th Ward’s BSA Troop 1806. Those young men receiving the Eagle Rank award were: Wyatt Phelps, Caleb Slater, Reese Parkinson, Conner Taylor, Cort Taylor, Brandon Redfearn, Isaac Bloxham, Leo Bloxham, Remington Harris, Tyler Awerkamp, Nate […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 21, 2018

The Top 5 Fourth of July Activities for Scouts and Families

Looking for fun, family-friendly activities to do this Fourth of July? Well look no further. From participating in the Stadium of Fire to placing flags on veterans’ graves, Utah offers many festive and patriotic activities throughout the whole month of July. These five activities are so good, even the founding fathers would approve of them.  Be […]

scoutbook for leaders
By Madison Austin
Jun 11, 2018

5 Reasons Why Leaders Need Scoutbook Now More than Ever

Whether you’re an LDS Scout unit planning the last 18 months of your charter or a community unit at any stage, Scoutbook will help you have a high-quality program and easily track your Scouts’ progress. When BSA announced its acquisition of Scoutbook in April 2015, they said: “Scoutbook helps the organization connect with its leaders […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 08, 2018

Introducing the 2018 Religious Award: Title of Liberty

“The Scout in his promise undertakes to do his duty to his king and country only in the second place. His first duty is to God. There is a higher mission before us, namely the promotion of the kingdom of God. That is the rule of peace and goodwill on earth.” – Lord Baden-Powell A […]

wood badge pilot course registration
By Madison Austin
May 30, 2018

Be a Wood Badge pioneer: participate in the pilot courses of the updated program

This July, be a pioneer in shaping future leaders by participating in the new, pilot Wood Badge course! In preparation of the Wood Badge Centennial in 2020, the Wood Badge program is being updated. Only a handful of pilot programs are available across the nation and the Utah National Parks Council has been given the […]

free summer activity cub scouts
By Madison Austin
May 29, 2018

The best free and discounted activities for Cub Scouts this summer 

It’s almost summer-time, which means your Cubs will be out of school soon and filled with energy to use. Get them out of the house with these great free and discounted activities for Cub Scout-aged youth. They will love exploring the world around them while you save some money and get the kids out of […]

By Community Submission
May 23, 2018

Fieldbook: The Forgotten Tome of BSA Outdoor Knowledge

The word “tome” often refers to ancient, scholarly books, filled with knowledge. Considering the important, historical texts of Scouting, some could call the BSA Fieldbook a famous tome of the movement. However, as fewer and fewer Scouters reference this learned document, it has become a forgotten tome of the BSA. By forgetting this important text, […]

By Madison Austin
May 18, 2018

Top 4 Comments on LDS – BSA Announcement

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this past week that, starting on Jan. 1, 2020, it will shift the focus of its youth programs toward serving an increasingly global membership. There was a mixed response as many Scouters began wondering what this news means for the BSA and reflected on their time in the […]

By Maloree Anderson
May 18, 2018

How to Support and Integrate Older Boys in the Troop

Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be no longer be a chartered-partner with the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2020, most LDS units will continue the Scouting experience. That means there is still a need to know how to support and integrate older boys into the troop. So, what are […]

By Melany Gardner
May 14, 2018

Honorees Compared to the Good Samaritan at the 2018 Influential Women in Scouting Event

Mother’s Day came two days early for 24 exemplary women Friday evening. Among the honorees of the 2018 Influential Women in Scouting Award there were mothers, educators, camp directors, wood badgers, district leaders and amazing Scouters. See all the awardees here.  Sister Dana Wiest of the Primary General Board spoke to these women and their […]