By Darryl Alder
Apr 16, 2014

Are You Ready for the Great Utah ShakeOut?

Major earthquakes can cause unprecedented catastrophes. With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, Scouts and Scouters should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. What we do now, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. BSA and other organizations of all sizes can also use the [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Apr 14, 2014

Fishing—A Program Feature From April’s Varsity Vision

We can fish in a serious way or simply lie back and let the bait do the work for us. We can make fishing an art, especially with fly-fishing, or a science, by inventing new types of lures or ways to attract the ‘‘big ones.’’ The ultimate Varsity Scouting adventure is designed to give your [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Apr 12, 2014

Peak Experience

I think the mountaintop ceremony may be the most rewarding portion of your Operation ON TARGET experience. The ceremony may be held around a campfire near the mountain peak on Friday evening. Gathering your team in a secluded spot, follow the team’s outline, have a reverent mountaintop ceremony that includes reading the letter from President Erying, of the first presidency of the [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Apr 11, 2014

Why Wood Badge?

Judging by the experience of others, Wood Badge will help you become a better Scout leader. It’s also likely that along the way you’ll find ways to become a better person.  Sign up soon for your Wood Badge experience. Do your best to serve others by improving your leadership skills. If you do, you’ll help [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 07, 2014

Learn Safe Climbing Skills

It must be spring because there isn’t a week that goes by without someone calling the Scout Service Center to find out about climbing safety requirements. Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for safely organizing climbing and rappelling activities; either at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as [...]

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By Bryan Wendell
Apr 07, 2014

Chris Evans’ Captain America was inspired by an Eagle Scout

Captain America and Eagle Scouts: Both wear uniforms, and of course they’re both patriotic and brave. But recently I learned the shield-toting Avenger has even more in common with young men who earn Scouting’s highest award than you might think. Chris Evans, the actor who plays the titular superhero in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, says “Cap” was modeled after [...]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Apr 02, 2014

Boy Scouts receive $2,500 grant to fund Learning for Life

Utah National Parks Council Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Boy Scouts receive $2,500 grant from Rocky Mountain Power Foundation to fund Learning for Life Orem, UT, April 2, 2014 – Good character is not formed automatically. It is learned through personal experience and positive examples. Learning for Life, a subsidiary program of the Utah National Parks Council, [...]

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By Terry Richardson
Apr 01, 2014

Annual Influential Women in Scouting 2014 – May 2nd

“There is nothing in this world as personal, as nurturing, or as life changing as the influence of a righteous woman.” Elder M. Russell Ballard Join us at the Fifth Annual Influential Women in Scouting Awards Ceremony Friday, May 2, 2014 at Clear Horizons Academy, 1875 S. Geneva Road, Orem UT. We will be pleased to [...]

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By Community Submission
Mar 25, 2014

Host Families Needed for International Youth Program

Owned by an Eagle Scout and current scout adviser, Selnate International School in Provo, UT is pleased to partner with BSA to extend an invitation to adult leaders and their families to host short-term international students this summer. Selnate International School has been bringing international youth and young adults to Utah Valley for more than 20 years, [...]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 24, 2014

LDS Foundation Funds Program to Combat Multicultural Scouting Deficit

Utah National Parks Council Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LDS Foundation Funds Program to Combat Multicultural Scouting Deficit Orem, UT. March 21, 2014 - Scouting benefits all boys.  But minority Scouts are often under-represented in Utah. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation recently funded a new initiative to increase multicultural Scouting in Utah.  [...]

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By Liz Merrell
Mar 24, 2014

LDS Church President Featured in Boy Scout Painting

Artist Jon McNaughton has captured the essence of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his new masterpiece, Sacred Fire. The Sacred Fire is not an ordinary fire. In 1913, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America. Sacred Fire [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Mar 21, 2014

A Commissioner’s Role in Youth Protection

Commissioners are active at every level in Scouting, from the national commissioner as part of the national Key 3 all the way down to the “boots-on-the-ground” unit commissioner advising the unit’s Key 3. Commissioners provide continuity in Scouting’s organizational structure; we are therefore in a unique position to champion Youth Protection training throughout Scouting. Why [...]

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By Melany Gardner
Mar 21, 2014

The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety

Few youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume, and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a [...]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 21, 2014

How to Submit a Tour Plan

When engaging in activities outside the council boundaries or activities unsupervised by the district or council, Scout leaders should submit a Tour Plan. This article will describe the sort of situations a Tour Plan may be needed and how to submit the new form. SCOUTING LEADERS MUST USE GOOD JUDGMENT AND PRUDENCE WHEN CONDUCTING ANY SCOUTING ACTIVITY The [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Mar 21, 2014

April – Scouting Safety Month

Annually our council’s focus is the safety of Scouting’s youth, volunteers, and staff. It helps us get ready for spring and summer outdoor adventure as we integrate health and safety into those plans. The goal: no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. Protecting Our Youth Each April, Scouters [...]

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By Community Submission
Mar 19, 2014

Science Meets Survivor

The same organization famous for bringing boys into the wild will now be bringing boys into the lab. Under the direction of other scouting volunteers tasked with developing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Lee Hansen, a retired chemistry professor, and his daughter, Thea Buell, have [...]

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By Liz Merrell
Mar 19, 2014

Does Your Company Match Gifts?

Do you know if your company matches charitable gifts? Multiply your generosity to Scouting with a matching gift from your company. Many employers will match charitable gifts made by their employees.  For example, if a donor works for Microsoft and donates $250 to Friends of Scouting, Microsoft will “double the donation” by writing a check for [...]