By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 16, 2017

Let Them Lead: Servant Leadership

The best leaders understand that they must serve those they lead. Jesus Christ taught, “Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Christ is the greatest example of what it means to be a servant leader. We also see examples […]

By Darryl Alder
Jul 15, 2017

Safety from an LDS Global Safety Officer’s View

In May, Mt Nebo District Roundtable featured guest speaker, Alan Rogers who is a Senior Safety Manager in LDS Loss Prevention Church Risk Management and is a Great Salt Lake Council Risk Management Committee Member.  He began by asking us to consider a four step plan to improve safety (see right). Then he build his presentation around […]

By Ann Shumway
Jul 13, 2017

A Letter from the Mission Field

I received this email from a former staff member who is currently serving a mission in Arizona.  Dear JJ staff, Our main purpose [here in Arizona], as I’m sure you have already heard a hundred times, is to make people happy. Honestly, it’s hard sometimes. There were days at JJ and on the mission where […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 10, 2017

Retaining Our Young Men In Scouting

Even since the early years of Scouting, retaining older youth provides a challenge.  There are many reasons why boys decide to quit Scouting. Many want to be with their peers and, for the most part, Boy Scout troops lack a good peer environment for high-school-aged boys. Other boys may get bored with the program around the […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 09, 2017

Let Them Lead: The Leading EDGE

Leadership in the Church has always been about helping others understand the gospel until they are enabled doers. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” Proverbs 6: 6–8. Prepare yourself spiritually Family and church […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 08, 2017

Returning to Thunder Ridge Scout Camp after the Brian Head Fire

From the start of the giant Brian Head Fire on Saturday afternoon – June 17th and our evacuation from the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp, we hoped and prayed that the fire would, by some miracle, bypass the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp.  Like all of the world around us in Southern Utah, we watched the many […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 06, 2017

LDS Scouts Do NOT Have to Get Their Eagle Before They’re 14

Growing up, I lived very close to my elementary school, so every weekday I found myself walking to school. My mom told me it was good for me, but I was not a fan. I walked to and from school every day, head down, feet moving as quickly as possible.This was my routine for many […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 05, 2017

Thunder Ridge Adventures Continue as we Teleport to Beaver High Adventure Base

MARF!  That is the acronym oft quoted by our Thunder Ridge Camp Director, Nick Hutchinson, to keep us going in spite of the ongoing Thunder Ridge adventures of the summer!  MARF!  That is: “Maintain Absolute Rigid Flexibility”!  And that became our motto at the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp this summer.  We have had our challenges, […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jul 03, 2017

Girls Venture Around the World at Day Camp

The Iron Horse District recently hosted a day camp just for girls! “Adventure Around the World” Day Camp consisted of activities that taught skills, tested physique, sharpened aim, and more. It was amazing to see these young ladies get outside and learn just like the boys. Girls got to grasp the importance of safety when […]

By Tyler North
Jul 02, 2017

Dejarlos Dirigir: Resolviendo Problemas

Una lección sobre la autosuficiencia de Ven, Sígueme explica: “La autosuficiencia incluye la capacidad de encontrar soluciones a nuestros propios problemas y desafíos. Muchas de estas soluciones se encuentran en el evangelio restaurado de Jesucristo. Nuestro Padre Celestial es consciente de los desafíos que enfrentamos. Nos ama y quiere ayudarnos.” Presidente Thomas S. Monson nos […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 02, 2017

Let Them Lead: Solving Problems

A Come, Follow Me lesson on self-reliance explains, “Self-reliance includes the ability to find solutions to our own problems and challenges. Many of these solutions are found in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face. He loves us and wants to help us.” President Thomas S. […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 01, 2017

We Have Some Great Young Staffers at Camp Thunder Ridge

It’s summer and in Scouting councils everywhere across America, Boy Scouts are heading up to Scout camps.  Most councils have multiple camps to choose from.  Attending an “organized Scout camp” gives the ultimate in Scouting fun, adventure and good times.  While Scout troops do have a choice as to where they go for summer camp, […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 30, 2017

Finding Exceptional Ways to Meet Advancement Requirements without Exception

“Meet the requirements as they are written with no exception.” This quote is from the Guide to Advancement, topic 10.2.2.0. At first glance, it may sound a bit harsh or restrictive. It could even leave one wondering how a Scout with special needs can meet requirements that seem too tough. Well, through some creativity and […]

By Melany Gardner
Jun 29, 2017

Maple Dell Scout Camp Staff Upholds Reputation for Excellence

Maple Dell Scout Camp has always been the flagship camp for the Utah National Parks Council and continues to have a reputation of excellence. Great location, functional facilities, and beautiful waterfront aside, it’s Maple Dell’s staff that always seems to shine. Last week we received several emails from Scoutmasters about their experience at Maple Dell. […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jun 28, 2017

Our Thunder Ridge Summer Adventure Takes a Turn to Scofield Scout Camp

I have recently blogged about our Camp Thunder Ridge adventures. Thunder Ridge has become more of an adventure that we could have ever imagined.  I blogged of how my wife, Lou, and I were evacuated from Camp Thunder Ridge because of the fire which started last Saturday.  You can read that blog at this link: […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 27, 2017

Experience the Buck Hollow Adventure

Totin’ Chip, Hiking, Stargazing, First Aid, Knots & Lashings, Leave No Trace, Nature, and Orienteering – some of the most exciting Boy Scout Advancements. And they can all be found in the same place at Buck Hollow Scout Ranch.  Buck Hollow Scout Ranch is home to Adventure Park and the Webelos Wilderness Adventure. While paying […]