By Stewart Schow
Apr 27, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 26—Set the Example

Task: Commit yourself to setting the example for your team. “Set the Example,” are words that we hear all the time.  So I ask, why is being an Example important to Scout Leadership and Scout living?  In our Varsity Leaders Guide book we read numerous times “Set the Example …”   It is in the Program […]

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 25, 2017

Pack Planning with Journey To Excellence

How can a pack use the Journey to Excellence Pack Scorecard to help them plan their program year?  Some leaders think it’s just a reporting tool.  You may be wondering “What IS Journey to Excellence?” And some of you know it as JTE. If you would like a little bit of history about the Journey […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2017

For Earth Day We Connected Them With Heaven

Last Saturday, I was with our stake at Camp Jeremiah Johnson delivering Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to 26 Scouters. Being Earth Day,  I felt pretty self-satisfied that had spent most of the day working the nature trail at this camp in Hobble Creek Canyon. It is natural for me to find God in nature; He did not disappoint. There was a […]

By Stewart Schow
Apr 20, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 25, Safety Certification

Task: Commit yourself to find out about certification training and other updated training for Scout leaders at the council. Safety of the youth of scouting is one of the main work of Adult Leaders.  In his statement “BSA’s Commitment to Safety” Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said: “We want you to know that the safety […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 19, 2017

Scout Camp is an Affordable, Rustic Alternative for Wedding Receptions

 The average person spends thousands on a wedding venue. But, we aren’t average; we’re Utahans. We spend less than most in the nation for venues. After all, a couple often marries in a temple (that’s free). Plus, with big families, we can’t afford a ton just for a post-party spot. So, it must be rather cheap […]

By Jarom Shaver
Apr 18, 2017

What I Learned as an Intern at Boy Scouts of America

I grew up in the LDS church and had every opportunity to participate in the Boy Scouts of America. I attended from time to time but never earned a merit badge or really committed to the program. Throughout those years I was heavily involved in sports. I was either busy with city league teams or […]

By Pualani Graham
Apr 17, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Influential Women in Scouting Event May 12th

In the year 2010, Cheryl Lant, former Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, founded the Influential Women in Scouting event in the Utah National Parks Council. This year the event will take place on May 12, 2017 at the Brigham Young University Conference Center, 770 East University Parkway, room […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 16, 2017

Three Lessons Young Men Taught Me About Christ

Christ is the single most important person we can introduce to our Scouts, and we know it. Today, we worship Him, celebrate Him, and recognize Him–but, of course, that should be an everyday thing.  Sometimes though, it’s not us teaching the boys about Christ. It’s the boys teaching us about Christ.  From time to time, […]

By Ann Shumway
Apr 15, 2017

Sailing Merit Badge Adventures for 2017

Come sail away with us during our Sailing Merit Badge Adventures. Bring your whole troop (get a night of camping toward your Camping Merit Badge), and work on an exciting merit badge at the same time! In partnership with the Sea Scouts sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, we are excited to offer a Sailing […]

By McKenna Hunt
Apr 14, 2017

Introducing: Michael Neider, New Council President

The Executive Board approved Michael Neider as the new Council President on April 13th. We’re thrilled to welcome Michael and his wife Cindy. Both are uniquely experienced and already dedicated and devoted to serving youth.  Born in exotic Pocatello, Idaho, Michael Neider joined the Cub Scouts as a Bobcat and never looked back. After graduating from Brigham […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 12, 2017

Catholic Bishop Awarded For Utah Scouting Efforts

“Some would call him an unsung hero,” said Dave Pack, Scout Executive of the Utah National Parks Council. “I don’t think those that he’s impacted the most would call him that. They’d call him their hero.” On Sunday April 2nd, at the annual Diocesan, Bishop James Blaine received the North Star Award for his efforts […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 12, 2017

Why Your Teen Should Go To NYLT/Timberline

As a leader and parent, I cannot recommend National Youth Leadership Training enough. As a Scout, I took the youth version of the training called Junior Leader Training (JLT). I later taught it. Then, I  went on to help districts in our Council run dozens of courses, including our first coed course five years ago.  NYLT, […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 09, 2017

Ours is a Broken Culture

In the last six months, Utah National Parks Council LDS-BSA Relationships committee has hosted more than 500 Stake Presidents and Bishops at Little Philmont, a priesthood conference on Scouting. The subjects focused on how to use Scouting resources to help older young men’s programs work better for the church. For many, the conferences liberate their […]

By Advancement News
Apr 07, 2017

Any Scout, Any Merit Badge, Any Time

A few merit badges have certain restrictions, but there are no restrictions on when a boy can begin working on a merit badge. Any registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may work on any badge at any time. Furthermore, although recommended, it is not necessary for a Boy Scout to […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 06, 2017

10 Things the New Primary President Should Know about Cub Scouts

Being primary president  might be overwhelming. Not only do dozens of little smiling faces rely on you for spiritual guidance, but you’re also supposed to reach out to families as part of the ward council . You train leaders and recommend people for callings. Also, you oversee records and budgets. On top of all that, […]