By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 23, 2017

Let Them Lead: The Teaching EDGE

The goal of every gospel teacher is to teach the pure doctrine of the gospel, by the Spirit, in order to help God’s children build their faith in the Savior and become more like Him. Gordon B. Hinckley taught, “Effective teaching is the very essence of leadership in the Church. Eternal life will come only […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 21, 2017

Army Veteran Comes to Thunder Ridge Scout Camp Despite Physical Challenges

It was a Monday morning and time to check in the new troops coming to the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp (displaced at the Beaver High Adventure Base following the Brian Head fire) for the next week.  Our Thunder Ridge Camp Staff was all gathered with me at the check-in tent.  We had checked in several […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 18, 2017

Homeless Thunder Ridge Takes Road Trip to Tushar Lakeside

Yes, it’s true!  The Thunder Ridge Scout Camp is homeless this season – but the show must go on!  And what a show it has been.  And though homeless, the Thunder Ridge staff staged a great adventure at a new home.  Home for our fourth week of camp became the Tushar Lakeside Campground located about […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 17, 2017

Camp Chefs, Food, Kitchens can Make or Break any Scout Camp

No matter where the Scout camp, it is the camp chefs, food, and kitchen that can make or break any Scout Camp.  It seems that everything revolves around food.  Food … Glorious food!  (Oliver!)  It is always the food that brings people together.  If the food is lousy, late or too scimpy, then morale drops.  […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 16, 2017

Let Them Lead: Servant Leadership

The best leaders understand that they must serve those they lead. Jesus Christ taught, “Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Christ is the greatest example of what it means to be a servant leader. We also see examples […]

By Darryl Alder
Jul 15, 2017

Safety from an LDS Global Safety Officer’s View

In May, Mt Nebo District Roundtable featured guest speaker, Alan Rogers who is a Senior Safety Manager in LDS Loss Prevention Church Risk Management and is a Great Salt Lake Council Risk Management Committee Member.  He began by asking us to consider a four step plan to improve safety (see right). Then he build his presentation around […]

By Ann Shumway
Jul 13, 2017

A Letter from the Mission Field

I received this email from a former staff member who is currently serving a mission in Arizona.  Dear JJ staff, Our main purpose [here in Arizona], as I’m sure you have already heard a hundred times, is to make people happy. Honestly, it’s hard sometimes. There were days at JJ and on the mission where […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 10, 2017

Retaining Our Young Men In Scouting

Even since the early years of Scouting, retaining older youth provides a challenge.  There are many reasons why boys decide to quit Scouting. Many want to be with their peers and, for the most part, Boy Scout troops lack a good peer environment for high-school-aged boys. Other boys may get bored with the program around the […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 09, 2017

Let Them Lead: The Leading EDGE

Leadership in the Church has always been about helping others understand the gospel until they are enabled doers. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” Proverbs 6: 6–8. Prepare yourself spiritually Family and church […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 08, 2017

Returning to Thunder Ridge Scout Camp after the Brian Head Fire

From the start of the giant Brian Head Fire on Saturday afternoon – June 17th and our evacuation from the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp, we hoped and prayed that the fire would, by some miracle, bypass the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp.  Like all of the world around us in Southern Utah, we watched the many […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 06, 2017

LDS Scouts Do NOT Have to Get Their Eagle Before They’re 14

Growing up, I lived very close to my elementary school, so every weekday I found myself walking to school. My mom told me it was good for me, but I was not a fan. I walked to and from school every day, head down, feet moving as quickly as possible.This was my routine for many […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 05, 2017

Thunder Ridge Adventures Continue as we Teleport to Beaver High Adventure Base

MARF!  That is the acronym oft quoted by our Thunder Ridge Camp Director, Nick Hutchinson, to keep us going in spite of the ongoing Thunder Ridge adventures of the summer!  MARF!  That is: “Maintain Absolute Rigid Flexibility”!  And that became our motto at the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp this summer.  We have had our challenges, […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jul 03, 2017

Girls Venture Around the World at Day Camp

The Iron Horse District recently hosted a day camp just for girls! “Adventure Around the World” Day Camp consisted of activities that taught skills, tested physique, sharpened aim, and more. It was amazing to see these young ladies get outside and learn just like the boys. Girls got to grasp the importance of safety when […]

By Tyler North
Jul 02, 2017

Dejarlos Dirigir: Resolviendo Problemas

Una lección sobre la autosuficiencia de Ven, Sígueme explica: “La autosuficiencia incluye la capacidad de encontrar soluciones a nuestros propios problemas y desafíos. Muchas de estas soluciones se encuentran en el evangelio restaurado de Jesucristo. Nuestro Padre Celestial es consciente de los desafíos que enfrentamos. Nos ama y quiere ayudarnos.” Presidente Thomas S. Monson nos […]