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By Lee Hansen
Mar 04, 2017

Welcoming Youth of Other Faiths into LDS Packs, Troops, Teams and Crews

In 1986, our family moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, an area with a strong Scots/Irish Catholic religious tradition. Our four sons, ages 6, 8, 11 and 16 were immediately welcomed into the local units of Scouts Canada, a pack and troop chartered to the local Catholic parish. My wife served on the pack committee, […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 23, 2017

Using Varsity Scouting for Missionary Preparation

 A few years ago, in San Diego, President Don Atkinson, a former mission president and then counselor in the SLC Mission presidency delivered an inspiring one hour interactive presentation to Varsity Scout Leaders in the San Diego Imperial Council. He used the Scout Oath as a basis for his message: “On my honor I will do my […]

By David Johnson
Mar 22, 2017

Year-round Activities for EVERYONE at Maple Dell Scout Camp

That’s right! Scout camp isn’t just summer camp for boys any more, it’s camping for everyone! Young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and family groups, you’re invited to come to Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon for exciting off-season activities! High COPE Course and Zipline Bring your Scout Troop, Team, Crew, […]

By Ryan Bertram
Mar 21, 2017

Spring Mountain Bike in Red Rock Country

Mountain bike across the world-renowned “Mag 7” slick-rock trails near Moab, Utah in early April. Navigate water pockets and ledges while enjoying stunning vistas of canyons, buttes, and mesas in pleasant spring desert weather. Entrada is a high-adventure base gem that is surrounded by extraordinary red rock geological formations, beautiful desert southwest vistas, and world famous destinations: Moab […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 20, 2017

Excellence in Life and all 138 Merit Badges – Neil Mayfield

Cornelius Mayfield, or Neil for short, does not shy away from hard work. In fact, he looks for it, and then thrives in it. Just before his 17th birthday, Mayfield accomplished what very few Boy Scouts have ever or will ever accomplish. Mayfield finished all 138 merit badges.  “Neil has a natural inclination to achieve excellence,” […]

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 19, 2017

Merit Badges Boost LDS Missionaries’ Safety and Health

Five of my kids served missions in diverse places: Idaho, Guatemala, Argentina, and Colorado (two served in Colorado). No matter where they went, mission health and safety mattered. My children needed to know what to do in difficult situations to protect themselves, their companions, and others. Like them, all young men and women face unusual […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 18, 2017

Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening Elicited Scouting Enthusiasm

The  Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening took place on Saturday March 18th, and we’d like to thank all who came.  We’d especially like to shout out to the Food Truck Underground Roundup who partnered with us to make this grand opening not only engaging but delicious. Spending a Friday evening with friends and family outside in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 17, 2017

Why We’re Having An Outdoor Center Grand Opening Party

The Food Truck Underground Roundup is here waiting for you to come to dinner: We can show you around: Our new Trading Post and Outdoor Center is located at the Orem Service Center at 748 North 1340 West, Orem Utah right next to the National BSA Scout Shop. In our ongoing attempt to better serve […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 16, 2017

Local Scout Speaks at Capitol to Kick-Off Scouting for Food

UNPC Eagle Scout Matt Cahoon is only seventeen, but at the Utah State Capitol yesterday he confronted America’s biggest fear: public speaking. Not only did he give a speech at one of the most prestigious places in Utah, but he did it in conjunction with a speech by the governor of Utah Gary Herbert.  “I […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 14, 2017

Akela’s Council—an Incredible Experience

I had heard that Akela’s council was life changing, but it is hard to believe until you experience it. I had an incredible time at Akela’s Council 32 in June 2016. I feel like I learned so many things that I can apply to so many different parts of my life!  Anyway, I sat down […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 13, 2017

Did You Attend the 2017 Scout Show?

What’s a better place to demonstrate the awesomeness of Scouting than at The Big Outdoors Expo? For the third year in a row, the Scout Show promoted many adventures Scouting offers through hands on activities, contests, games, prizes, and more. Expo attendees were able to participate in activities as if they were at camp themselves. Rock climbing, […]

By Dale Munk
Mar 12, 2017

Little Philmont – Scout Training for Stake and Ward Leadership

The Utah National Parks Council under the direction of priesthood leadership will conduct Little Philmont conferences for stake and ward leadership in 2017. The first Little Philmont is March 24-25 at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp. The conferences will begin Friday evening at 6 pm and end Saturday afternoon. Each conference will focus on the […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Mar 11, 2017

The Minute Cost of Educated Training: University of Scouting

The teacher stood in front of his class, encouraging two men to ascend onto large black platforms and roleplay as Cubs. He then proceeded to weave a legendary story of magical water transforming for true Scouts.   The pretend Cub Scouts each shook a bottle of water behind their shoulders, and it mysteriously turned blue. […]

By Stewart Schow
Mar 09, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 19: Let the Youth Do It

TASK:  Help your Captain share the leadership load so that every team member has a duty. An important feature of Varsity Scouting is that it offers leadership opportunities to virtually every team member. What do you think this means as to the operation of the Team? In the “Welcome to Varsity Scouting” page, (quoted to the […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 08, 2017

Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

The answer is yes and no. Of course, Scouting has much to offer to prospective missionaries. That’s obvious; the Church wouldn’t include it in their youth programs if it didn’t. Many of our youth even achieve the high esteemed Eagle Scout rank. However, the real questions are, why are they achieving the Eagle Scout rank? […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 07, 2017

Den Chief – How the Troop and Pack Can Help Each Other

The Troop Helps the Pack While the Pack Helps the Troop Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Patrol Leader. Troop Guide.  Den Chief. Historian. OA Rep. Librarian. Quartermaster. Bugler. Scribe. Instructor. Chaplain Aide. Webmaster. Outdoor Ethics Guide. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  According to page 420-421 of the current Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition), these are all […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 06, 2017

Nothing Can Stop the Determined Soul

Those words spoken by Hyrum Smith, at the University of Scouting held last month at UVU, are words I have known for more that 30 years.  The power of his message in 1984 was transformational in how I managed my life; hardly a day goes by I do not use what he taught me 33 years […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 05, 2017

Let Them Lead

Do we as Scout leaders truly let the boys lead? In Scouting or on Sunday we may catch ourselves planning, executing and ultimately undermining the leadership development of our youth. It may be hard to let go of some control and let them lead, but understanding that our purpose is in teaching and advising, we can guide our young men to become leaders in every part of their lives. It […]