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By Madison Austin
Nov 03, 2017

The New Eric Dowdle Puzzle: Voted Best Christmas Gift to Give this Year

Just in time for Christmas, our own Maple Dell Scout Camp will become the face of the season’s best gift to give: the newest Eric Dowdle puzzle! See the familiar sites of the Utah National Parks Council’s flagship camp come to life with energetic Scouts, famous Scouting figures and more. Pre-order yours today and help […]

By Community Submission
Nov 12, 2017

How To Best Lead Our Youth (Even After Earning Their Eagle)

What interest would I, a 37 year-old female with no children, have in learning about the best practices regarding our 14-18 year-old young men?  As a female I have concern for the building of young men because one day a young man will be the spouse of my daughter, or the father of my grandchildren. […]

By Maloree Anderson
Nov 11, 2017

Scouts Discovered Ecosystems During ‘Scout Night’ at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

The earth’s ecosystems are mysterious and fascinating. Each individual environment is uniquely developed into its own little, functioning world. Scouts had a chance to discover, learn, and explore a few of these extraordinary systems during Loveland Living Planet Aquarium‘s “Scout Night.” “Scout Night” at the Aquarium includes admission, hands-on activities, mini classes, and more. Scouts […]

By Community Submission
Nov 10, 2017

What Makes A Boy Want To Be An Eagle Scout?

What makes a boy want to be an Eagle Scout? What is different about a Scout, and especially about an Eagle Scout? Why was the highest order of Scouting named after the emblem of our country, the national bird, THE EAGLE? How an Eagle Scout is Like an Eagle Because the Eagle Scout, and the […]

By Annaleis Smith
Nov 07, 2017

Cub Scout Leader 6 Essentials

In Scouting (at all levels) the boys are taught about the “Outdoor Essentials” – those items that they should have with them whenever they go on a hike or when camping.  In the Tiger, Wolf and Bear handbooks they teach the boys the Cub Scout Six Essentials.  Which are:  – A filled water bottle  – Trail […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween from the Utah National Parks Council!

Happy Halloween to all of our Scouts and volunteers! We hope your day is filled with fright and candy. We celebrated this spooky holiday with our traditional soup luncheon and our costume contest to which Gamora (Lee Ferrin) and White Trash (Steve Sutherland) won! Congratulations guys! You definitely earned it. Enjoy the rest of your Halloween […]

By Kelly Frey
Oct 29, 2017

How We Serve Our Young Men Outside of Regular Activities is the Answer

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to write about my experiences at Little Philmont. This past weekend, I was excited to attend the last one of the year. In my last blog, I wrote about Brother Heyn, of the General Young Men Presidency Board, and his three key principles that leaders need to follow in order to “Be There” for […]

By Jim Bethel
Oct 29, 2017

Scouter’s Minute: Wrong Way Riegels

I love college football – Even when my team loses I can still enjoy the game [however I enjoy it more when they win!].  Football is full of great stories with last second, nail biting finishes and hero’s that lead their team to victory.  These stories are inspirational.  Regardless of what team you cheer for […]

By Maloree Anderson
Oct 28, 2017

A Hauntingly Good Time at Camp

Halloween is the best time of the year, there is no doubt about it. It’s the only time of year where it is acceptable to dress up and eat as much candy as you possibly can. Parties, haunted houses, pumpkin carving; um, yes! That’s why when I was assigned to report on the two Halloween […]

By Katelyn Kenedy
Oct 27, 2017

A Night To Remember: Celebrating Our Eagles

On October 27, 2017 our Distinguished Eagle, Gary Doxey, and all of our attending Outstanding Eagle recipients gathered together at the Provo Marriott Conference Center to be honored by BSA’s Utah National Parks Council. Since receiving their Eagle Scout Award in their youth— some as young as 13, these men have continued to remember, honor […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Mark Butler

Mark Butler Mark is married to the love of his life, Kimberly Sorensen, with whom he recently shared a 25th wedding anniversary. They live in Spring Lake with their four wonderful children. Mark works for Jones Paint and Glass as vice-president of Finance and Marketing. Mark has served his church and community in ward and […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Chip A. Childs

(Russell) Chip A. Childs When Chip left Cedar City to attend college at Brigham Young University and work in Salt Lake City, he never imagined he would return home to southwest Utah. However, in 2001 he was offered the position of vice president-controller at SkyWest Airlines and settled in St. George with his wife and […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Jeff Madsen

Jeff Madsen Jeff loved growing up in the greater St. George area. He attended school at Westminster College in Salt Lake. After graduating with a degree in accounting, he married his wife. He received the Home Builders Care Award for his outstanding leadership and service for his community. He spent many hours coordinating volunteers, developing […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Darren Paul

Darren Paul Darren, the Lehi Police Chief, is a fourth-generation police officer. This father of four has been with the Lehi Police Department since 1994. Darren earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s in emergency services managment from UVU. He proudly earned his Master of Public Administration degree from BYU. He loves […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Matt Paxman

Matt Paxman Matt Paxman was born in Salt Lake City. There, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, co-planning his Eagle project with his wife-to-be, Alissa, as she finished the Young Womanhood Recognition award in the LDS Church. They are going on 15 years of marriage and are parents of three. Matt is a solution […]