By Darryl Alder
Jul 08, 2016

Operation on Target 2016—Just a Week Away

I’ve coached teams that thought of Operation “On Target!” as the Christmas of Varsity Scouting; we anticipated it for months. Sure getting ready was a great part of the adventure—the peak experience had a kind of Christmas-like expectation—but the reward was in each distant flash. Each report (flash) from a distant peak was an exciting surprise, like a package […]

By Ken Cluff
May 07, 2015


July 18th,  2015 Huddle Agenda Operation “ON TARGET” is an activity developed by Doug Brewer especially for Varsity Scouts here in Utah. He designed this program in about 1980 and it has been held annually every year since. Each District needs to have an adult “On Target” Program Chairman to coordinate   the   activity   in   your  district. […]

By Ken Cluff
May 06, 2015

On Target Symbolisms

This activity can provide several “symbols” or “examples” which can be used to present important lessons about life.  These discussions can and should be the culminating experience of a wonderful On Target day.  Hopefully, as this part of the Mountain Top experience commences, the boys will be in a thoughtful and calm frame of mind […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 10, 2020

Scout Ambassador Tool Chest: The Ambassador as Commissioner

In September, we explained the role of the New-Unit Commissioner. Many of our Scouting Ambassadors recognized right away that that was the role they were already playing with their new units. Our local council has asked that any Scout Ambassador who has succeeded in starting a unit accept the assignment of being that unit’s commissioner. […]

By Angela Shelley
Oct 02, 2019

Are You Scouting For Good Family Frights this Halloween?

Camps aren’t just for Scouts, and Halloween isn’t just for kids! For only two nights in October, Camp Jeremiah Johnson and Camp Maple Dell are getting spooky for your eeeeeerie enjoyment. We have something for everyone! Whether you’re five or 50, you can find something to float your fright this Halloween at our Camps. When […]

By Annaleis Smith
Sep 21, 2019

Updating your pin on

Have you ever searched for your Scout unit on Many families will now be using this website to find a pack, troop or crew near them. You can be in control of what they see about your unit by maintaining your unit’s pin. You want to make sure that you can be found and that basic information is given and that your contact information is correct.

By Darryl Alder
Sep 18, 2019

Scout Ambassador Toolchest: Selecting Leaders

Before we start meeting with youth, Ambassadors have vital tasks to carry out in building a new unit. This begins with an organizing team, who are likely other Scout Ambassadors like you, to recruit and train at least five primary adults who will be registered, then organized into the unit committee or selected as the unit leader and assistant.

By Community Submission
Sep 10, 2019


On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 innocent people died in the most devastating terrorist attack upon our country. For the families and friends of those lost on 9/11, commemorating their lives in a meaningful way ensures that their memory will live on for future generations. Scout service is a wonderful way to teach the nation’s youth […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 05, 2019

Join Nights Happening NOW, Near You

The Utah National Parks Council is excited to announce that new Cub Scout packs and Scout troops are now forming in your area for all youth five and older! You and your family and friends are invited to Join Nights happening near you. These new packs and troops (units) are replacing those currently sponsored by The Church of […]

By Maloree Anderson
Aug 01, 2019

Merit Badge Adventures: Earn Merit Badges All Year Long

We’ve heard you loud and clear – provide more merit badge opportunities year-round. Merit Badge Adventures are just that: adventures at one of our camps that focus on helping youth work on one or more merit badges! Combine your monthly campout with merit badges – no extra work! Plus, council resources allow for some very […]