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The Utah National Parks Council is the larges council in the BSA with over 84,000 youth and 42,000 adult volunteers
By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 23, 2015

Budget Concerns Necessitate Changes in Scout Office Hours

We are coming to the end of a record-breaking year with more registered youth, improved LDS Stake service and more campers than any other year in Council history. Unfortunately, through circumstances beyond our control, this autumn’s Friends of Scouting campaign has fallen short. With these financial challenges there must be a significant reduction in our spending. We are sad that this requires […]

giving tuesday feature
By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 30, 2015

Where Will Your Heart Be Tomorrow?

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, the day after Cyber Monday and Black Friday weekend. With BSA’s long standing record of helping shape character and citizenship in America’s youth, we are a natural choice for your heart’s gift. On December 1, 2015, with your help we will continue our record of service by helping Scouts become the leaders of the future.Read on to discover […]

All Stars Feature
By Community Submission
Nov 29, 2015

Scout Leadership Encampments Have Blessed Our Stake’s Youth

Submitted By The Lehi Utah East Stake Our experience with using the Boy Scouts of America Adult and Youth Leadership Training programs in a stake-sponsored Aaronic Priesthood Leadership Encampment on a stake-wide basis has been and continues to be a great blessing for the youth and adult leadership in our stake. Our first experience with […]

Board of Review Feature
By Darryl Alder
Nov 25, 2015

A Board of Review Can be Scary

Thinking back to my Boards of Review, I remember always being apprehensive. Not that I had not done the work—I had—but it was so intimidating to get in front of adults you hardly knew and then have them fire questions at you. The worst one, however, was my Eagle Review. It was at the Council […]

Giving Tuesday Feature
By Darryl Alder
Nov 24, 2015

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back and it’s only one week away. Your participation in #Pick2Give2 an easy way to join in this social media event and the Community Foundation of Utah has partnered with us to create this simple way […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Nov 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Prayers for Scouts

For Scouts Thanksgiving is more than a day; or it should be, since doing our duty to God yields a heart filled with gratitude. Giving thanks should be part of a Scout’s lifestyle. So in honor of this week and to turn our attention toward gratitude we have added a few thoughts from wise folks we know: The 100th […]

Feature Burrito
By Darryl Alder
Nov 21, 2015

Breakfast with Buffalo Red

This delicious breakfast series is available each week at The Voice of Scouting, but is introduced to you here: Buffalo Red Breakfast Burritos 2 packages (24 ounces each) frozen hash browns 15 eggs, lightly beaten 4 Tbs chili powder 2 tsp garlic salt 1 Tbs ground cumin 1 lb uncooked chorizo 1 lb spicy sausage 4 […]

Pillar 6 Feature
By Darryl Alder
Nov 20, 2015

The Scout Oath and Law—a Pathway to Self-Reliance

Pillar 6–Integrity: Be prepared by learning who we are as Scouts and sons of God by keeping ourselves physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight, understanding our true nature as a son of God.  This month, November 2015, we have been teaching Young Men principles of temporal and spiritual self-reliance.  Two of the six Come, Follow Me […]

Ethan Giving Tree Feature
By Ali Mohammad
Nov 19, 2015

The Ethan Giving Tree

The Orem Scout Shop is providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items. This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program and program starting November 14 through December 19, 2015. These programs work on a donation basis. An […]

By Community Submission
Nov 18, 2015

New Youth, Same Great Stake Encampment Experience

In 2006, Joel Zabriskie, then president of the Highland Utah East Stake, helped his stake plan and organize a stake encampment at Bacon Park. This encampment included a Wood Badge course for stake leaders, National Youth Leadership Training (Timberline), a Varsity All Stars course, a Kodiak course for older youth, and camp activities and merit badge […]

Feature Leave no Trace for Kids
By Darryl Alder
Nov 17, 2015

Leave No Trace for Kids

At the end of September, during a beautiful fall weekend at Maple Dell Scout Camp, I joined with 12 other Scouts and Scouters to learn about Teaching Leave No Trace. It was great to be with such a like-minded group. The Clyde Lodge was filled with displays and exhibits reminding us of each of the seven Leave […]

high adventure feature
By Steven Sutherland
Nov 16, 2015

Black Diamond Adventure Tracks Will Bring High Adventure to More Camps

At the Utah National Parks Council (UNPC) we are building on the successes of our two high adventure bases (Beaver, and Entrada) by providing new program adventures at these camps, and introducing exciting new Adventure Tracks that we call Black Diamonds, at three of our mainstream Scout camps—Tifie, Thunder Ridge, and Scofield. Read about how […]

flower gift feature
By Lee Ferrin
Nov 15, 2015

Thoughts on the LDS-BSA Relationship – “Think in Terms of What You Have to Give”

There has been discussion for decades as to the benefits and costs of the LDS church maintaining their relationship and participation in the Scouting program. That discourse has increased its pitch in recent months in light of the amendment made to the Adult Leadership Policy. There has been a great deal of misunderstanding as to what […]

high adventure feature
By Steven Sutherland
Nov 14, 2015

UNPC High Adventure and Black Diamond Experiences

The Utah National Parks Council is excited to announce that we are adding new high adventure programs at both of our Scout high adventure bases and three of our full-service Scout camps. Traditionally, high adventure experiences have been relegated to specialty high adventure outpost and Philmont-style Scout camps. They represent a part of a BSA […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 13, 2015

Two Tiny Beads

I spent Tuesday evening with a few dozen Scouters debriefing our Wood Badge Courses for 2015, eleven in all; more than 400 Scouters attended courses in our Council this year and there is much to learn about how to do it right. All fifteen course directors for 2016 were there to learn about how things went; […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 12, 2015

Budget Woes Compel Reduction in Utah National Parks Council Workforce

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT — Due to an anticipated shortfall in 2015-2016 fundraising, the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, is looking to make a reduction in workforce to allow the council to maintain a fiscally responsible position. Unfortunately, this will negatively impact a number […]