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By Darryl Alder
Aug 20, 2014

Planning for Safety and Incident Reporting

An injury that doesn’t happen needs no treatment. An emergency that doesn’t occur requires no response. An illness that doesn’t develop demands no remedy. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management. Risk management is so much a part of outdoor adventures [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 18, 2014

A Few Answers to BSA Insurance Coverage Questions

I’ve just returned from a week at Philmont, where I received BSA Risk Management Training. The mantra of Enterprise Risk Management is not to say “no” but to help Scouters “know.” Below are brief outlines of insurance coverages you should know are available to volunteers and chartered organizations. Comprehensive General Liability Insurance This coverage provides [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 17, 2014

Teaching Duty

Part of a speech given by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Boy Scouts of America national annual meeting on 23 May 2013. So here is the lesson for us. Duty to God is a new concept for young minds. Scouts need the understanding that goes [...]

Lost Scout Feature
By Melany Gardner
Aug 15, 2014

Lost Scout follows training, is found in perfect condition

Tuesday evening Boy Scout Benjamin Kohler spent more than 12 hours separated from his troop in the High Uintahs before he was found in “perfect health” Wednesday by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew. Troop 217 from Midway, UT was doing a 50-miler around Yellowstone Canyon and Swift Creek Basin. While fishing at [...]

Outdoor Ethics
By Keith Abraham
Aug 13, 2014

Outdoor Ethics

Keith Abraham the Council and Area Outdoor Ethics Advocate writes:  “After a quick explanation of what Outdoor Ethics is I have listed the actual/potential value that an ongoing emphasis of these ethics brings to the Council properties, Scouts, their families, and everyone else in our Council and the surrounding area. “Additionally I have listed the [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 11, 2014

Philmont Training Center Hosts LDS Leaders

Every year stake presidencies in the United States are invited to the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico. The purpose of this conference is to help stake leaders better understand how Scouting can support the Aaronic Priesthood. The conference is held under the direction of the Young Men [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 10, 2014

Teach the Cadence and the Meaning of the Scout Oath

Part of a speech given by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Boy Scouts of America national annual meeting on 23 May 2013. As a young Boy Scout, I learned the Scout Oath. I recited it each week with the following cadence breaks: On my honor, [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 09, 2014

Council Unveils 2015 Strategic Plan

After months of planning, research and debate, officers of the Utah National Parks Council presented a 2015 Strategic Plan to their Executive Board August 9, 2015. Lynn Snow, Vice President of Administration thanked the officers who had all contributed, but especially Rushford Lee, Vice President of Marketing, whose company RED had conducted much of the [...]

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By Community Submission
Aug 08, 2014

National S’MORES Day August 10, 2014

Hershey Chocolate company writes: “For nearly 80 years, the classic combination of ingredients in Hershey’s S’mores – campfire-roasted marshmallows, crisp graham crackers and rich Hershey’s Milk Chocolate – has defined the campfire experience. With National S’mores Day right around the corner on August 10, The Hershey Company is helping consumers celebrate with new S’mores recipes, [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 05, 2014

General Health and Safety FAQs

Every Summer the phones at our Scout Service Centers with safety questions. The most common can be answered here: Annual Health and Medical Record, tour and activity plan, shooting sports program. But here are several others we often get: Age-Appropriate Guidelines Q. Can Scouts use zip lines? A. Zip-lining is considered age-appropriate for Venturing-age youth [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 03, 2014

Duty to God: The Road to Manhood

Part of a speech given by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Boy Scouts of America national annual meeting on 23 May 2013. Sometimes we forget that we are part of a like-minded faith-based society —  that the precepts embodied in the scout oath, are generally [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 02, 2014

With God on the Road to Philmont Scout Ranch

There was something different about this trip to Philmont, I’m not quite sure what but let me tell you about it. I started late on Saturday with a drive that landed me in Montrose Colorado for a night’s rest, or so I hoped. As it turned out, it was the Sweet Corn Festival and all the rooms were [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 01, 2014

The Value of Strong LDS-BSA Relationship Committees

The LDS Church Scouting Handbook 2.4 states:  “An LDS-BSA Relationships Committee should be organized in each BSA council to help maintain and strengthen working relationships between the Church and the BSA Council. An Assigned Area Seventy chairs or designates a stake president to chair this committee, which includes a member of each stake presidency within the local BSA council. [...]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jul 30, 2014

Varsity Vision Leader–Specific Training

BSA National has officially approved the Varsity Vision Leader-Specific training course as fulfilling the requirements for Varsity leader-specific training. Leaders still have to attend Outdoor Skills training and Youth Protection to qualify for the “Trained” patch. There are a growing number of Varsity Vision training courses.  Our goal is for them to be held regularly in every district and at the Stake or [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 29, 2014

“Just One Good Turn”

Good Turns vary with every situation. The important thing is to keep forever the Good Turn idea in all of your own thinking and planning, giving it definite place and time. Just do something to help the other person, and the joy of the service well done will be your own reward. Elmer Bendiner was a navigator in a [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 28, 2014

30th Anniversary of Varsity Scouting Celebration this Year

Varsity Scouting was officially adopted by the Boy Scouts of America in 1984. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially endorsed the program about that same time. The following announcement appeared in the January 1984 issue of the Ensign: President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve, instructed the Brethren to implement the Varsity Scouting program, he [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jul 27, 2014

Becoming Men Such as These: Eric Liddell

Part of a speech given by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Boy Scouts of America national annual meeting on 23 May 2013. British Olympian Eric Liddell embraced this duty to God throughout his life. The movie Chariots of Fire tells the story of his preparation for and [...]