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By Utah National Parks Council
Apr 06, 2016

Utah National Parks Council 2015 Annual Report

The Utah National Parks Council would like to present its 2015 Annual Report. The purpose is to communicate the impact that Scouting has in Utah. You will find interesting facts, where the money goes and highlights, along with membership numbers and how the Council is funded. Check it out! or click here to download the printable PDF. […]

By Stan Lockhart
Apr 27, 2016

Helping our youth thrive in today’s economic climate

As I try to figure out how to change the world for the better, I’ve gotten involved in the education of Utah’s children. I’ve helped spearhead a STEM initiative, served on the boards of science centers and currently serve on the Utah State Board of Education. I’ve volunteered in the classroom, served on my local school […]

The Utah National Parks Council is the larges council in the BSA with over 84,000 youth and 42,000 adult volunteers
By Maria Milligan
Apr 25, 2016

Council Executive Board Business Meeting Report

On April 9th, the Utah National Parks Council held its annual Executive Board Business Meeting to discuss the state of council affairs and plan for the future. Prior to the meeting, executive board members were asked to consider five strategic initiatives: Charter partner and customer relationships Clear communication and training throughout the organization Technology and […]

Bishopo Meeting Feature
By Darryl Alder
Apr 24, 2016

A Bishop’s Landing Page

The LDS Scouting Handbook 4.1 states: The bishop provides general direction for Scouting in the ward and ensures that it is properly organized and functioning as outlined in this publication and in Handbook 2, 8.13.4 and 11.5.3. He is registered with the BSA and serves as the executive officer for Scouting units chartered by the ward. […]

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By Melany Gardner
Apr 23, 2016

Stake and Ward Leaders Speak, We are Listening

Two years ago, the Utah National Parks Council and RED Research: Emotion: Design, embarked on a journey of self-discovery by surveying our most influential customers—stake presidents and bishops. The result was a powerful message on why Scouting matters, a.k.a. the Six Pillars of Being Prepared. Since then, the truths in this document have influenced a positive change […]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2016

Plant a Tree for Earth Day 2016

Earth Day has a special place in the BSA’s culture. As our members know, responsible stewardship of the planet is key to being a good Scout. Since BSA’s early beginnings, Scouts have been caring for the planet. Our “Leave No Trace” principles demonstrate how Scouts show respect for the outdoors when living in it. For Earth Day this year, […]

By Andy Gibbons
Apr 21, 2016

Principle #7: Assess Your Own Progress As A Mentor.

This is part six of a 12-part blog series that explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust Principle #6: Learn To […]

Duty to Country
By Community Submission
Apr 20, 2016

One Nation Under God

Before Elder Gary E. Stevenson was made an apostle in October, 2015, he had served as Presiding Bishop. As such, he was invited to speak at the Duty to God breakfast of the Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America held on 23 May 2013. In part of his speech he said that as Scouters we […]

Jungle Book Feature
By Darryl Alder
Apr 19, 2016

Did You Know Cub Scouting has roots in ‘The Jungle Book?’

Early on in Scouting, younger boys, the brothers of Scouts, wanted to join in the fun. Some troops had junior Scouts, but Baden-Powell (BP), Scouting’s founder was not fond of the watered down program and felt younger boys needed their own program. At the time, “some child psychologists were pointing out that the tendency toward delinquency […]

earthquake feature
By Darryl Alder
Apr 18, 2016

Are You Ready—Earthquake Safety

When it comes to an earthquake disaster, emergency preparedness counts and there are simple things you can do to make yourself safer. This information works as a step-by-step guide to give you details on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Start with the simple tips within each step so that you can build […]

By John Jones
Apr 17, 2016

Scouting Helps Prepare Boys For An LDS Mission

I attended Brad and Sandy Harris’s class on raising successful missionaries at University of Scouting in February. The class was full of parents and leaders eager to learn how Scouting programs could help them help the youth in their care learn everything they needed to succeed in the mission field. My favorite part of the […]

Philmont Feature
By Community Submission
Apr 16, 2016

Why We Do Hard Things

  Chandler Jeffcoat participated in the Council’s Philmont trek last year. Here, he shares his experiences and talks about the importance of doing hard things: Philmont is a perfect example of why we do and why we should do hard things. It can show you a different perspective on life; but only if you let […]

Emergency Preparedness Feature
By Darryl Alder
Apr 15, 2016

Are You Ready to ShakeOut?

In Utah, earthquakes are an inevitable part of our future. But if we follow the Scout motto to “Be Prepared,” making plans and taking action now, it will help any incident like this to not become a catastrophe. In fact, what we do now can determine what our lives will be like afterward. Scouting and other nonprofits will join together April 21st, […]

Self-Assessment Feature
By Andy Gibbons
Apr 14, 2016

Do You Need to Learn to Assess Progress?

This is part six of a 12-part blog series that explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust The remaining posts will […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Apr 12, 2016

Cub Scout Purposes – Friendly Service

Cub Scout Purposes – In a continuing series we are taking a look at some of the reasons WHY Cub Scouting is important and relevant as well as HOW we achieve those purposes. This week’s article will be about Friendly Service – (Click on links below to read about the other purpose of Cub Scouting) 1. […]

safety COPE feature
By Darryl Alder
Apr 11, 2016

What spring training do you need for a safer summer?

Every year in April and May, there is a flurry of questions at the Council Service Center regarding training and certifications needed for summer camp plans. So as an editorial team, we thought we would give readers a quick overview of the possibilities: April is Youth Protection Month: Whether your Youth Protection Training (YPT) is […]

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By Community Submission
Apr 10, 2016

What is the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting?

Surfing Facebook, I came across these comments by Clint Harris. He was serving as first counselor in a stake presidency when he attended Philmont several years ago. He wrote:   I went down to the LDS week training for stake presidency members and loved it. I was at the time working to implement into my stake […]