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By Aubrey Carpenter
May 24, 2017

How to Use Paperless Applications

Are you a parent looking to sign up your youth for Scouting? If you want to join a unit sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then go to your ward’s leadership and request the invite. If you don’t know what your ward is, click here to find it. (Recommended) If you’re not sure what […]

By John Peterson
May 23, 2017

How Selling Smart Saver Cards Taught This Scout About Self-Reliance

I received a note from a Scout in my district recently. He was so excited about paying his own way to camp (and much more), that I had to share his story:   “Hi, I’m Sean Bezzant. My friend Preston told me about selling Scout cards. He was selling to earn money for a leadership […]

By Debbie Spoons
May 22, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

Scout leaders, get ready for 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. Date: May 25 – 27th and June 1 […]

By Madison Austin
May 20, 2017

Get Ready For Camp Event – A Success!

At the Utah National Parks Council in Orem, Utah, the yearly “Get Ready for Camp” event brought families and Boy Scouts into the Scout Shop to get ready for a summer of camps.  This yearly event features everything a boy would need to prepare for any of the Boy Scout camps they are heading to. […]

By Colin Wylie
May 19, 2017

An Unusual Introduction to Scouting

Each person’s journey through Scouting is different, but this is especially the case for the Liu family from Troop 51 in Provo District. Lyncy Liu resides in Provo, and her son Regan (11) is an active member of his Boy Scout troop. She feels that his experience in Scouting has helped him develop as a better […]

By Darryl Alder
May 17, 2017

Wilderness First Aid—What It Is and Why Should You Care?

Last spring Maria Milligan and I found ourselves together training in First Aid; Maria is a certified lifeguard with Red Cross. As a former Army Medic, I maintain my certification through our BSA partnership with ECSI. When Scoutmaster Austin Rose called to schedule a course for himself, I suggested we include the whole troop. Usually it’s no […]

By Madison Austin
May 16, 2017

Girl’s Camp at Boy Scout Camp

Throughout my young teenage years, there was one thing that was a constant in my life. No arguing about it, Girl’s Camp happened every summer. My first year or so, I dreaded camp. I did not look forward to a week without showers in the humid forests of Northern Virginia. As I got older, however, […]

By Boy Scouts of America
May 15, 2017

Using Safety Moments in Scouting Activities

What do nuclear power plants, construction sites, aircraft carriers, and many hospitals have in common with Scouting? All constantly look for ways to eliminate potentially life threatening or fatal hazards. One tool used by many safety-conscious groups is a safety moment at the beginning of a meeting or activity. You start with a pause to […]

By Colin Wylie
May 14, 2017

Life Lessons from My Scouting Mom

Each year in May, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the significant role of motherhood. We buy cards, flowers and often will make breakfast in bed. In Scouting, we recognize the critical influence that our Scouting Moms have on the development of the individual and the planting of faith in each Scout. Like in […]

By Darryl Alder
May 13, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Johnson’s Hole

New Scout leaders in Utah Valley often ask this question, so I want to help.  Obvious options include one of the many Council or Forest Service campgrounds in the area, but I have a few nearby favorites I’m mentioning in this series. First, a family and troop favorite, try Johnson’s Hole. You access Johnson’s Hole through […]

By Michelle Carpenter
May 12, 2017

Bryce: A Day in the Life of a Camp Staffer

He’s shoving cereal down his throat, rushing to the school bus. He gets in, muddles through classes, chats with friends and engages in an extracurricular activity in the evening. Finally, around 8:00 PM, he comes home, struggles through calculus and goes to bed. That’s a pretty typical day for a teenager during the school year. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 11, 2017

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT —  On May 11, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced, “the Church will no longer charter Varsity or Venturing units with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada effective January 1, 2018. We express sincere appreciation and gratitude […]