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By Elder Dale Munk
Jul 09, 2016

To Friends of Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council

Thank you for your kind support of Scouting and the young men it serves. Over 55,000 families contributed to the Church’s 2015 “Friends of Scouting Drive” for the Utah National Parks Council. A year has passed, and families may again respond to the First Presidency’s invitation to participate in the annual Friends of Scouting drive […]

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By Rawlin Bagnall
Sep 22, 2016

Scouts Throw, Shoot, Climb and Race to Victory at the 22nd Annual Sanpete Challenge

The Arapeen District of the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of American hosted the 22nd Annual Sanpete Challenge Saturday, September 10, 2016.  It started at the Mayfield City Park at 9 a.m. where nine teams and crews competed for victory and bragging rights. The event is designed to challenge older teens registered as Varsity […]

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By Maria Milligan
Sep 21, 2016

Thanks to the NRA Foundation, Shooting Sports Thrive at Camp

If you’ve ever participated in shooting sports at a Utah National Parks Council camp, you’ve been the beneficiary of the NRA’s generosity. Thanks to a long-standing relationship with the NRA Foundation, council camps have received new equipment and facilities to ensure youth stay safe and have fun while learning about shooting sports. Every camp in […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 20, 2016

Join us at the Celebration of Eagles – Nov. 19, 2016

Join us at the annual Celebration of Eagles banquet to honor Eagle Scouts who have devoted their lives to service and have become leaders in their communities and in the world. This year’s event will take place November 19, 2016, 6 – 9 pm at the Utah Valley University Grand Ballroom. Purchase tickets here, or sponsor a […]

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By John Gailey
Sep 19, 2016

Earn Merit Badges and Campout at Council Camps Year-Round

I have been a Scout leader for many years. As a Scout leader, there were a number of things that I constantly worried about. You perhaps have worried about them as well. They include: Giving plenty of opportunities for my boys to advance up to the Eagle rank Getting in the monthly campouts (including finding […]

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By Maria Milligan
Sep 18, 2016

The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge

I loved Mac McIntire’s latest blog post on the LDS-BSA relationships website because he talks about the power of combining Philmont and Wood Badge training—a power I have seen first-hand. He says, “Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 17, 2016

Five Unusual Uses for Maple Dell Scout Camp

You might think Maple Dell Scout Camp is an ideal place to take Scouts camping, and you’re right. It’s proximity to nature, updated facilities, and hip camp staff are enough to make any teenage boy’s head spin. But, here are some unusual uses for the camp you might not have considered: 1. Throw a playful […]

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By Scott Major
Sep 16, 2016

Lessons Learned After Scout Camp

As a camp director and district executive it is my sincere hope that when Scouts go to summer camp, they learn important lessons. These lessons can be in many forms; among them can be spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, or even Scouting basics. I have the opportunity to hear many stories about what Scouts learn during their time […]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Sep 15, 2016

What I wish I knew as a Varsity Team Coach

Recently the LDS BSA Blog has run a series of posts on Varsity Scouting. I find them both useful and interesting. Our editorial team hopes so too. This most recent post by John P. Romney who serves as Stake YM first counselor in the Colleyville Texas Stake, offers three lessons he learned: Ensure that any chosen quarterly activity incorporates activities from […]

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By Tennys Bird
Sep 15, 2016

Silver Beaver Award Ceremony Sept. 24, 2016

The Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will hold its annual Silver Beaver Recognition on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 2:00–4:00 pm. This event will be held in the Alpine Tabernacle, 110 East Main Street, in American Fork, Utah. The keynote speaker for this event will be Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Sep 14, 2016

Record Keeping along the Trail to Eagle Scout

There’s a lot of concern and sometimes confusion as a young man moves to fill out an Eagle Scout Rank Application. We hope this short post offers some guidance. The application itself must be submitted for verification before an Eagle Scout board of review may be convened. Filling out the two-page form should be easy—if […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Sep 13, 2016

Cub Scout Nova Awards

I recently had two different Cub Scout leaders ask me questions about the Cub Scout Nova Awards.  I admitted to both of them that I really didn’t know very much. I have never awarded it.  However, I also know that for the first time, I do have a boy in my pack working on them (Go […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Sep 12, 2016

Commissioner Awards Updated

Commissioners, like all Scout leaders, deserve to be recognized for all they do. The awards and recognition available to commissioners in the BSA were updated May 1, 2016. Odds are, you may not have heard of some of these awards or maybe you are just not aware of the new requirements for earning them.  Whether […]

Mong Say Aye and Kaing Kyaw join other members of Boy Scout Troop 1262 gathered Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Salt Lake City to receive their clothing that they will be using at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan. Phot by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
By Deseret News
Sep 11, 2016

Am I Courteous?

Last weekend the LDS Church News carried this article: As I attended several camps and events this summer, I found myself contemplating why Scouting has had such an important place in the development of the Church’s young men in the United States. Doctrine and Covenants 90:15 says “…study and learn, and become acquainted with all […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 10, 2016

Maple Dell Stake Activity Center Dedication Elicits Spirit of Giving

Two college-aged girls assisted a couple rock climbing. A shooting sports director supervised young Scouts pointing guns at targets. Two grandparents walked up the mountain so their grandkids could take the golf cart. On Friday, September 7th, I went to Maple Dell Scout Camp for the dedication of the new Stake Activity Center. Prior to […]

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By Debbie Spoons
Sep 09, 2016

BSA Level 1 & 2 Climbing Instructor class

Scout leaders, get ready for next Spring and Summer climbing and rappelling trips now. This exciting part of Scouting comes with great risk, so BSA has training to get you safe and ready. To take youth climbing, rappelling or canyoneering, this certification is required by BSA before you leave on your adventure. Offered by: Utah National Parks […]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 07, 2016

I’m a New Committee Chair; I Need Help

It’s been ninety days in my new troop job. I have taken the Troop Committee Challenge. I pulled together one court of Honor. This week we kick-off Friends of Scouting and charter renewal is at the end of the month. Yep! It’s about time I got some help on this committee. The LDS Scouting Handbook, 4.3 […]

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By Ryan Bertram
Sep 06, 2016

Volunteers Wanted: New District Created to Serve Community and Exploring Scouting Units

I am pleased to announce that effective August 16, a new district service area was created to serve community, religious and Exploring Scouting units in Central and Southern Utah. Because of the unique demographic of our council, this as-yet-to-be-named district is designed to provide support, resources and effective customer support to Scouting and Exploring units […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 04, 2016

Two Uniforms of Christ-like Service

I grew up watching my younger brother Mikey dressed in uniform for Boy Scouting events. He wore all the required clothing: a buttoned up shirt with an American flag on the right shoulder, dark pants, and official crests and emblems. As he grew in his Scouting endeavors, he gained other tokens to add to his […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Aug 30, 2016

Knot Motivated?

Are you Knot motivated? I was in a meeting recently when a fellow Cub Scout leader (Naomi) made a comment about being “not motivated”.  Huh?  She pointed to her chest – you know above the left pocket where those square knots patches go.  That’s when I realized she didn’t mean NOT motivated but KNOT motivated. […]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 29, 2016

Stake Activity Center Adds to Maple Dell Scout Camp’s Long History

Maple Dell Scout Camp which first opened in the late 1940’s was transformed yet again this summer as we completed a stake activity center there. This new pavilion, which is so much more than just a pavilion, joins with the new one at Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek serving families, church groups and of course, Scouts […]