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By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 01, 2016

Can You Do 25 Good Turns This Month?

Lights at Temple Square, lights on your home, and #LIGHTtheWORLD are all part of this holiday season. December 1st, today, is the LDS Church’s worldwide day of service—which should resonate with Scouts everywhere. We try to do a “Good Turn Daily,” so it ought to be a pretty simple task for our Scouts to give service […]

Smart Savers Card Feature
By John Gailey
Nov 26, 2016

Sell Discount Cards and Raise Money for Summer Camp

Beginning December 1st, individuals, Cub packs, Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venturing crews, Young Women groups, and Youth Ministry groups can begin selling discount cards to raise money for their summer camp! Sales begin December 1, 2016 and go to March 1, 2017. The Discount Card includes admission to the Big Outdoors Expo and Scout Show […]

Varsity Team Program Planning Feature
By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 25, 2016

Annual Plan—the Biggest Predictor for Success

This fall, the council LDS-BSA relationships committee held three Little Philmont trainings for stake and ward leaders. In these overnight events at council camps, hundreds of bishops, stake presidents, and other youth-serving leaders discussed how they could best watch over and strengthen young men, especially in the older boy programs (14-18). Participants were taught by […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 21, 2016

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Every year, people come together to help our youth. Parents encourage boys to gain merit badges. Employees implement safe camping experiences. Boys assist other boys with trials. Helping Scouts become honorable men is a group effort. The Utah National Parks Council is really a team of thousands, and we want to thank you for your […]

By Melany Gardner
Nov 20, 2016

How does Scouting teach young men to have integrity?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man have integrity? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how Scouting promotes a life of integrity and encourages boys to become men who honor the […]

By Maria Milligan
Nov 19, 2016

Home and Hearth Events with Hyrum Smith Inspire New Keepers of the Flame

Since its formation three years ago, the Keepers of the Flame giving society has made a marked difference in the lives of Scouts in the Utah National Parks Council. These generous donors have funded programs, capital improvements at camps, and contributed to the endowment fund that will ensure the council can continue to work in the […]

Venturing Feature
By David Wilson
Nov 18, 2016

More Venturing Resources

If you are looking for more help with LDS Venturing for your priest quorum, the LDS BSA Relationships blog posted this today, from our long time friend, David Wilson: I don’t think we really need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Venturing. There are some great things floating out there on the Internet that […]

Varstiy Planning Feature
By Darryl Alder
Nov 17, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 13: Team Leadership Meeting

Team Leadership Meeting The Task: Understand the purpose for and importance of the team leadership meeting. Team Leadership Meeting is usually held monthly. In LDS units it is part of the Teacher’s Quorum Presidency Meeting. Since, “Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidents hold the priesthood keys to direct the work of the quorums over which they preside(see […]

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By Maria Milligan
Nov 16, 2016

Three Keepers of the Flame to be Honored at Celebration of Eagles

This year the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the virtues of Scouting at the Celebration of Eagles Banquet on November 19 at Utah Valley University. Men who have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. One will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, recognizing national […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Nov 14, 2016

Meet this Year’s Distinguished Eagle: Jesse Hunsaker

Treasured paintings of the Hunsaker children framed the walls. A piano sat in a place of honor, indicating musical talent in the household. Jesse and his wife ushered the film crew and BSA staff into their homes, happy to talk with everyone and help out. All sights and words provided hints about why Jesse Hunsaker […]

Venturing Missionary Feature
By David Wilson
Nov 13, 2016

Priests’ Quorums and Venturing—One Point of View

David Wilson, long time Scouter in Utah National Parks Council, has been involved with Venturing from its inception. Working with youth both in LDS and community units his perspective offers a glimpse from one leader’s viewpoint. In a recent post at the LDS BSA Blog he wrote: ” Let’s look at the priests’ quorums and […]

By David Johnson
Nov 09, 2016

Cabela’s Donates Hours of Service for Maple Dell Scout Camp

In late September Joe Haycock, Cabela’s Marketing Manager/PR Liaison, contacted the Utah National Parks Council and told us that they like to do an annual service project and they wanted to volunteer to help the Boy Scouts in Utah County. Joe was quickly routed to me where we discussed several different service projects they might […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 03, 2016

Bring your Stakes and Wards to Camp

For the past several years, the Utah National Parks Council has worked to make its summer camps more accessible to and useful for groups from the LDS Church (our largest chartered partner). These efforts have included new buildings, programs, and materials designed for large, diverse groups. Every church group has different ideas of what they […]