Thunder Feature
By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 20, 2015

Risk Management: Lightning Risk Reduction

The National Weather Service recommends “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” The only completely safe action is to get inside a safe building or vehicle. When you first hear thunder, see lightning or observe dark, threatening clouds developing overhead, the best risk-reduction technique to avoid being struck or injured by lightning is to shelter in a […]

Unit Key 2
By Darryl Alder
Apr 20, 2015

Who is in your Unit’s Key 3?

The Unit Performance Guide outlines how to start a unit Key 3, but, where you ask, did this idea come from? The concept of a Key 3 has been a governance principle of Scouting for a long time. Key 3 s exist at the National level down through the District. In Utah National Parks Council, we have council Key-3 comprised […]

LDS Feature
By Darryl Alder
Apr 19, 2015

Church Leaders Speak Out on Scouting

Recently one of our readers said “Don’t use a quote from a GA 40 years ago, that doesn’t count,” this in reference to the LDS Church’s support of Scouting. So just for fun, I took a look at some recent General Authority statements on Scouting, here they are (by the way they are still living). “Every […]

LDS Feature
By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 17, 2015

The Safety Moment

Outdoor high adventure activities are often filled with fun exhilarating experiences and sometimes with potential risks and life-threatening dangers. Risk is one aspect of the outdoor activity that creates adventure; however, too much risk can move the activity from adventure to serious injury or even death. Human interaction or lack of action is often a […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 17, 2015

BSA Commits To One Billion Service Hours Around The World Over Next Five Years

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In commemoration of Earth Day‘s 45th anniversary, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) commits to Earth Day Network to donate one billion service hours to local service projects over the next five years, including – planting millions of trees that will capture carbon, reduce soil erosion, provide and protect […]

YouthProtection feature
By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 16, 2015

April is Youth Protection Month (Part 1)

This is part 1 of two part series. To read part 2 click here During this month, you have the opportunity to understand the importance of preventing emerging threats to youth. Youth Protection depends upon the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting. What can you do? Have you done the following? Do you know your Youth […]

Youth Protection
By Arturo Malpica
Apr 16, 2015

Protección Juvenil

La organización Boy Scouts of America tiene como prioridad crear el entorno más seguro posible para nuestros jóvenes miembros. Para mantener dicho entorno,  BSA ha desarrollado numerosas políticas de procedimiento y de selección de líderes, y proporciona a los padres de familia y líderes recursos para los programas Cub Scout, Boy Scout y Venturing. Selección de líderes […]

By Maria Milligan
Apr 15, 2015

Safety Tips from a Waterfront Director

I always love guarding the mile swim at camp. At Scofield Scout Camp, we had the Scouts swim parallel to the shore down the length of our bay and out to a sailboat sitting a half mile down the shore. The big colorful sail marked the point where they could finally stop swimming out to sea […]

By Paul Riley
Apr 15, 2015

How to Have Safe High Adventure Activities for a New Scout Leader

I was asked to serve as the Chair of the Utah National Parks Council Risk Management Committee this last year.  I enjoy this assignment since Loss Control and Risk Management have been in integral part of my professional career for almost 25 years.  I also grew up in Scouting and have served as a Chartered […]

Cub Scout World Conservation
By Annaleis Smith
Apr 14, 2015

Cub Scouting and Service

Cub Scouting and Service.  Hopefully those are words that go together often.  Cub Scouts are taught that it’s good to give service and in the new Cub Scout program that is even more emphasized. In another article about Cub Scouting and Faith in God, my friend Julia wrote about how well the new program ties […]

service feature
By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 14, 2015

Using the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and Safety Guidelines-Part 2

All Eagle Scout service projects constitute official Scouting activity and thus are subject to Boy Scouts of America policies and procedures with regard to policies, procedures, and requirements regarding Youth Protection, two-deep leadership, etc. The health and safety of those working on Eagle projects should be integrated into project execution and since they are a unit activity, […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 13, 2015

Two-deep Leadership in Cyberspace?

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse apply in cyberspace: Youth Protection policies extend into cyberspace. There should be no one-on-one online or digital activities (games, social media, etc.) or electronic communications. Leaders should include or copy a parent or another leader in all online communications, ensuring no one-on-one contact exists in text, social media or other forms of […]

safety COPE feature
By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Apr 12, 2015

Safe Church Activities

This article is taken directly from the Safe Church Activities website. By planning effectively and following safety precautions, leaders can minimize the risk of accidents. Activities should include appropriate training and proper supervision. Safety through Planning and Relying on the Spirit Steve Thelin, rocket scientist and Scout leader, takes his Scouts on a camping and […]

Cub Archery Feature
By Scott Major
Apr 11, 2015

Tavaputs Cub Day Camp at Scofield Scout Camp

Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch is one of the Council’s most versatile properties and with central dining facilities it lends itself to large groups. We have hosted National Youth Leader Training (Timberline NYLT), Wood Badge, LDS Stake Encampments, LDS Young Women’s Camp, Order of the Arrow Conclaves, Family Reunions and more. But an […]

teeter totter maple dell
By Bob Gowans
Apr 11, 2015

Time is Running Out to Register for Camp!

Camping and outdoor experiences are what young men get involved in Scouting for, but time is running out to sign up. The outdoor experience is essential in instilling in these young men the values Scouting offers and teaches. The Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America offers a tremendous variety of camping opportunities, everything from […]