By LDS-BSA Relationships
May 28, 2016

Safety Moment – A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May 5th, as part of National Water Safety Month, the LDS Church issued a “Safety Moment” which began by asking “What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?”  Those were the first thoughts of one of the LDS Risk Management specialists until he started looking at the statistics. According to the CDC, “Drowning ranks fifth among […]

Peer Mentoring Feature
By Darryl Alder
May 27, 2016

Venturing Leadership Module: Mentoring

As the new Venturing program rolled out last year, Venturers asked for leadership course. Three were developed including: Goal_Setting_and Time_Management Mentoring Project Management This series will introduce you to each, this post we move on to mentoring and will evaluate mentoring as it relates to the Venturing program by explaining the benefits of mentoring, describing how to maintain a quality mentoring […]

Varisty Coach Position Specific Trainig
By Darryl Alder
May 26, 2016

The Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training

As Varsity Scouting launched, I jumped in with both feet. Our ward Bishop allowed, asked or was inspired to give me chance to work with the wonder of this older boy; I served as a Team Coach for three wonderful years. At 15 they are two-thirds of the way to manhood, but still boys. It […]

By Darryl Alder
May 25, 2016

Boy Scout #HandbookHacks

In late March with the release of the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (click here to buy the digital version), BSA launched a new social media campaign called #HandbookHacks. Introducing this, ScoutingWire wrote: “The handbook is full of life hacks that Scouts can teach their parents, their friends and everyone else. Our first handbook hack […]

Feature Son's Experience
By Melany Gardner
May 21, 2016

How the Utah National Parks Council is Addressing Your Scouting Concerns

It’s important for any organization to seek feedback from their customers, to evaluate service, measure effectiveness, and make changes as necessary. In the case of the Utah National Parks Council, BSA, concern for the welfare of young people, and our volunteers who deliver the program, compel us to seek comments from those we serve to […]

By Jonathan Gunson
May 20, 2016

Utah’s first lady honored for work with youth

The Utah National Parks Council honored Utah’s first lady, Jeanette Herbert, with the “Influential Women in Scouting” award for her decades of service to the state’s youth and promotion of Scouting values. Mrs. Herbert is one of 24 exemplary women to receive the the award in 2016, all of whom represent the thousands of women […]

The Influential Women in Scouting Award
By Utah National Parks Council
May 20, 2016

Influential Women in Scouting 2016 Recipients

There are many women in Scouting working to help boys grow up to be honorable and valiant men.  Some of these women, through their devotion and talent, become mentors and guides for those of us who see how very important this work is and want to make a real difference.  Every year the Utah National […]

scout father and son
By Maria Milligan
May 16, 2016

Scouting Trains Successful Husbands and Fathers

For the past two years, the Utah National Parks Council has focused on a series of tools that help Scouters better communicate with LDS leaders. These tools grew out of two surveys conducted by RED research and Rushford Lee that asked LDS leaders what outcomes they wanted from Scouting and why they thought Scouting mattered to […]

North Field Stake Presidency Feature
By Community Submission
May 15, 2016

Presidents, help your stake—host Wood Badge

The following are excerpts from an interview with the Pleasant Grove North Field Stake Presidency, President McFarland, President Thayer, and President Doman, about the stake-sponsored Wood Badge course they, and other stake members, staffed and hosted. This is part one of a series of articles about this stake presidency’s experience planning and hosting a Wood […]

"Gnubie and Loving It!"
By Kevin Hunt
May 14, 2016

I was a Gnubie and Loving Every Minute!

  In the past few blogs, I welcomed you aboard as a Gnubie. And you’re welcome!  Now I’d like to introduce a new theme – that of “Gnubie and loving it”.   Yes, I was a Gnubie and loving every minute!  That would be me!   As I talked about my old Troop 155, I talked […]

By Darryl Alder
May 13, 2016

Venturing Leadership Module: Goal Setting and Time Management

As the new Venturing program rolled out last year, Venturers asked for leadership course. Three were developed including: Goal Setting and Time Management Mentoring Project Management This series will introduce you to each, beginning with Goal_Setting_and Time_Management. Finding a successful time management strategy depends on each individual’s personality, ability to self-motivate, and level of self discipline. This course introduces established methods […]

Handbook cover
By Andy Gibbons
May 12, 2016

Practice Servant Leadership

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #10: This is part nine of a 12-part blog series that explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust Principle #6: […]

sailing academy feature
By John Gailey
May 11, 2016

New Merit Badge Adventure Tracks and High Adventure in 2016

Last year we introduced our camp Adventure Tracks—an exciting program for teaching skills, working on merit badges and experiencing challenges in a fun, experiential learning environment instead of in a traditional classroom setting—at Tifie Scout Camp, Scofield Scout Camp and Thunder Ridge Scout Camp and saw exciting results. Experiential learning allows participants to gain firsthand experience with the […]