By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
May 30, 2015

Food Safety

Food poisoning may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or toxic substances. This fact sheet provides information on the proper handling of food to avoid food-borne illness. Why Is Food Safety Important? About one in six people gets sick from food poisoning each year. Food poisoning may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or toxic substances. Symptoms […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
May 29, 2015

Whitewater Merit Badge Updated

Data from the Outdoor Foundation1 shows that each year roughly 20 million Americans participate in canoeing and kayaking activities. And in 2013, nearly 70,000 Scouts earned the Canoeing or Kayaking merit badges, placing these among the most popular badges not on the required list for Eagle Scout.2 Many more Scouts are being exposed to canoeing […]

By Paul Tikalsky
May 28, 2015

Be Prepared to Be Men of Integrity – Delivering a Quality Program for Our Young Men

It would not be a stretch to say that every mission president wants a young man who is physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. He wants an elder who is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. They need young men with the quality of integrity, who live […]

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By Arturo Malpica
May 23, 2015

¿Por qué la organización BSA requiere que todos los participantes tengan un Registro Médico y de Salud Anual?

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el Registro Médico y de Salud Anual P. ¿Por qué la organización BSA requiere que todos los participantes tengan un Registro Médico y de Salud Anual? R. El RMSA tiene muchos propósitos. Completar una historia de salud fomenta la conciencia sobre la salud, recopila los datos necesarios y proporciona a los profesionales […]

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By Darryl Alder
May 23, 2015

Get Ready for Camp with an Annual Health Exam

Moving into camping season, one of the most common questions we get is about the Annual Health and Medical Record.  This form is required by the BSA for any camping trip longer than three consecutive days. And wouldn’t you know it, I got my physical just before we got this great deal from Medallus. There are two Utah County locations and both charge […]

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By Melany Gardner
May 22, 2015

Rights of the Chartered Organization important part of Gates’ speech on gay leaders in the BSA

The National President of the Boy Scouts of America, Dr. Robert Gates, spoke Thursday at the annual meeting on possible policy changes regarding the ban on gay leaders which resulted in a mix of emotions and media coverage across the country. Watch or read the full speech HERE. Many of the news sources focused on […]

Timberline Feature
By Darryl Alder
May 22, 2015

Robert Gates—a Testimonial of NYLT

When he was thirteen, Robert M. Gates, Eagle Scout, former defense secretary and CIA director and current BSA President, went to BSA’s National Junior Leader Training (JLT) Program at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Of the training he said: “It was the only formal management course I’ve ever had in my life. Can you imagine a […]

By Andy Gibbons
May 21, 2015

Who’s Who In Varsity Scouting?

“Who” is Varsity? The common question in some minds is, “What is Varsity Scouting?” One might also ask, “Who is Varsity Scouting?” The answer is: a lot of people, and each of them needs to do a certain job, contributing their part to make a Varsity team work. Let’s look at the Varsity Scouting stakeholders. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 20, 2015

Choosing an Eagle Project

I have been working with Eagle candidates for close to 20 years and I regularly get asked two questions: “What makes a good Eagle Project?” and  “How do I pick a good Eagle Project?” “What makes a good Eagle Project?” Keeping in mind that every Eagle Project is as unique as the Scout completing it and […]

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By Fox 13 News
May 19, 2015

Nation’s largest Boy Scouts group issues new policy on sex abuse prevention

SALT LAKE CITY — The nation’s largest Boy Scouts organization is implementing a new policy to help guard against child abuse within its ranks. The Utah National Parks Council is ordering all Scout leaders to be up-to-date on its Youth Protection Training, or they will not be allowed in the organization. Scout troop charters will […]

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By Community Submission
May 19, 2015

Get off the Couch—Let the Games Begin!

Watching the Olympics on television is cool, but participating in your own Cub Scout Olympics with your unit is a lot more fun. It can provide bonding, laughter and of course, friendly competition. Things can get a little competitive, but the point is to have fun and be together! I like how the Olympic creed puts […]

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By Jim Bethel
May 17, 2015

Hidden Treasure

Twenty-five years ago Scouting was the center of attention for the national media. We were the lead story on every TV channel and newspaper for a week. Can you remember why the media was in such a frenzy? A boy was lost! He was not only lost, but he was lost in a mine! And, he […]

Olympic Feature
By Darryl Alder
May 16, 2015

Why Participate in Olympic Day 2015?

To help your unit get SCOUTStrong join in Olympic Day events this June Many Varsity Scout Teams and Venturing Crews have a sports focus. Combine this with the worldwide Olympic Day held annually on June 23, and you’ve got a great month of activities and service. For example Cub Scout Olympics, is always a great pack activity, but when your […]

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By Melany Gardner
May 15, 2015

Adopt a Troop Tech Policy Based on the Scout Law

Technology and Scouting are two words that seem to be in conflict one with one another. We imagine that Scouting is supposed to take a young man away from his devices and into the great outdoors—you know, to build fires, sleep under the stars—manly stuff. To make this happen, some troops forbid smart devices and […]

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By Ken Cluff
May 14, 2015

Sailing—Relying on the Power of the Wind

Sailing with your Scouts is a great way to teach them new skills, challenge them, and, most importantly as far as their concerned, have fun. It can be difficult to get into sailing if you’ve never done it before, however, especially since it requires specialized equipment. Fortunately, Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch is […]

By Boy Scouts of America
May 13, 2015

Surbaugh selected as as Next Chief Scout Executive

Irving, Texas (May 13, 2015) — Following an extensive selection process, the Boy Scouts of America named Michael Surbaugh its next Chief Scout Executive, the organization’s top professional. Surbaugh, the BSA’s current Group Director of HR, Innovation, Exploring and Learning for Life, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He follows Wayne Brock, […]