Keepers of the Flame Logo Square
By Andrew Olsen
Jul 03, 2015

The Difference a Keeper of the Flame Makes

Amazing things are happening in the Utah National Parks Council. New programs, facilities, and faces are making Scouting better for our youth. Of course, behind every camp and program there are keepers of the flame who fund equipment, facilities, and training to make sure Scouting can reach as many youth as possible. These men and women have […]

Entrada High Adventure
By Darryl Alder
Jul 02, 2015

High Adventure—the Soul of Varsity Scouting

  Varsity Scout programs are built around five fields of emphsis, but none is more important than the high-adventure/sports field. High Adventure activities spark interest in Varsity Scouts and challenges them physically. These are activities that hook your youth and keep them active in your team. Through the efforts of the program manager and adult […]

LDS Handbook Feature
By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jul 02, 2015

A Closer Look at the New LDS Scouting Handbook—Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three part series. To read Part 1 click here SECTION 8: Church Policies Rechartering 8.3 deletes this sentence: “No additional fees should be paid to local councils for accident and health insurance coverage. For information on Church activity insurance programs, see Handbook 2, 13.6.9.” The process of calling adult […]

Cub Scout Feature
By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jul 02, 2015

A Closer Look at the New LDS Scouting Handbook—Part 1

Tried and true, the LDS Scouting Handbook has helped church leaders know the policies and procedures for their faith in the use of Scouting for decades. From the Handbook itself: “This handbook outlines guidelines and policies relating to Scouting programs in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishoprics and Young Men, Primary, and […]

The Influential Women in Scouting Award
By Melany Gardner
Jul 01, 2015

Nominate an Influential Women in Scouting by July 17

She’s the dedicated Den Leader, the experienced Primary President, or the Eagle Scout-Mom. She’s an influential Woman in Scouting. These are women who have exceptional character and who promote the values of Scouting. Women who have given noteworthy service in Scouting including effective involvement at the unit level and have given significant years of accumulative service to […]

Scouts and FOS
By Joel Zabriskie
Jun 27, 2015

Friends of Scouting: Why can’t I make my check out to the Ward?

In LDS units in the Utah National Parks Council, donations to Friends of Scouting are often handled through the local ward. Here is a conversation similar to many that have been had in multiple wards across the Council that answers some basic questions about how these donations are handled: “Thanks, Brother Jones, for the opportunity to […]

duty to god
By David Peterson
Jun 26, 2015

Be Prepared to Do Our Duty: Must We Choose Between our God and our Country?

“A man seeks employment on a farm. He hands his letter of recommendation to his new employer. It reads simply, ‘He sleeps in a storm.’ The owner is desperate for help, so he hires the man. Several weeks pass, and suddenly, in the middle of the night, a powerful storm rips through the valley. Awakened […]

high adventure feature
By Andy Gibbons
Jun 25, 2015

A Varsity Coach Talks To Mom About Safety

When it comes to Scouting, parents are usually quite supportive of the activities, aims and methods that Scout leaders use to teach their son. But when they hear the words “high adventure” some parents may feel some anxiety about the safety of their youth on these more challenging—not to mention fun—activities. So, I’ve put together […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Jun 24, 2015

Boy Scout Program Update

In November of 2009, over seventy‐five volunteers and national staff came together  to listen to child development experts, authors and youth program operators to discuss “What Today’s Youth Want and Need.”  Sponsored by then Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazucca, this meeting set the stage for what would become Goal 411 of the 2011‐2015 National Strategic Plan. In […]

campfire feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 23, 2015

Campfire Fun for Cub Scouts

At the end of day, with dusk coming on, a campfire program is a great pack activity that can build memories to last a life time. In 1965 I participated in my first ever big group campfire as a song, skit and stunt leader. I had so much fun doing this each week of that summer, I […]

Venturer Planning Feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 20, 2015

Getting to Our Aims with the Right Methods

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law; will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 19, 2015

ALPS: the Key to Venturing Program Planning

Many Crew Advisors don’t know where to start when it comes to planning activities, especially since advancement in Scouting is not interesting to most of their Ventures. During the last five years, groups of youth worked to revise the program to make it more exciting and relevant. The key is to plan using ALPS: Adventure […]

varsity mom feature
By Andy Gibbons
Jun 18, 2015

Varsity Scout Moms

Moms are a major energy source for Scouting. As such they are stakeholders in the success of Varsity Scouting. Ask any Scout who helped them most to move along the trail to Eagle, and he will name his mom. Moms have superpowers. They can see into the future to what their sons might become, and […]

Lightning above hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
By Boy Scouts of America
Jun 17, 2015

Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 21-27, 2015

When thunder roars, go indoors! That’s advice from the National Weather Service. Contrary to some textbooks, Benjamin Franklin did not discover electricity. What he did discover is that lightning contains static electricity. And he was very lucky that he wasn’t electrocuted during this discovery. For information on Franklin’s experiment, check out the story at . According to the National […]