By Darryl Alder
Dec 01, 2014

Support BSA this #GivingTuesday—December 2

GivingTuesday_702x280We have a day for giving thanks
We have two for getting deals
(Black Friday and Cyber Monday).
After two days of shopping,
take a day to give back.
December 2nd is #GivingTuesday

This Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

According to Steve Innskeep, NPR host, “In the pattern of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, tomorrow is labeled Giving Tuesday. Charities want to attract new donors. It’s the third  #GivingTuesday and the biggest so far.”  The #GivingTuesday movement will kick off the giving season with hundreds of causes.

Boy Scouts of America joined this movement in 2014 and has encouraged local councils to participate. We invite you to help by giving to the BSA through the Utah National Parks Council donation website.

Gary Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah

“Scouting is one of the greatest forces for good in our country today. At a time when our nation faces many challenges, I am grateful Scouting continues to play a vibrant and meaningful role in the lives of numerous youth.”

Whether Scouts are involved in a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team or Venturing crew, your gift has helped and will help to change their lives.

Interesting Facts about the Utah National Parks Council

Council MapThe Utah National Parks Council serves more than 85,000 youth, making it the largest council by membership within the Boy Scouts of America.  Nearly 10,000 of these youth are served in public schools through our Learning for LIfe program, and thousands of them are from at-risk environments. Many need positive adult role models in their lives. In a world of constant change, Scouting and Learning for Life programs provide educational activities and lifelong values to help youth be Prepared. For Life.™

The Utah National Parks Council is also one of the most cost-effective council in the BSA system, providing a high-quality program for its registered Scouts for the lowest cost-per-participant in the country. The Council stretches from the Point of the Mountain in northern Utah County to the northern tip of the Grand Canyon and from Alamo, NV on the west to Moab on the east.

FactsPic1Youth Served
The Utah National Parks Council provides a Scouting program to 85,225 young people in 6,553 different units. At the end of October 2014, we had 25,532 registered Cub Scouts, 37,793 Boy/Varsity Scouts, 14,066 Ventures and 7,834 Learning for Life/Explorers.

adult volunteersAdult Scout Volunteers
There are 42,822 registered adult Scout volunteers in the Utah National Parks Council—more than one leader for every two Scouts. The Council has an active training program, providing several different levels of instruction to all leaders. As part of BSA policy, all leaders need to be trained upon registration.

FactsPic3Day Camps, Summer Camp Facilities and High Adventure Bases
The council operates six Scout camps in central and southern Utah, including Maple Dell Scout Camp, Tifie Scout Camp at Mountain Dell Scout Ranch, Thunder Ridge Scout Camp, Frandsen Scout Ranch, High Uintah Scout Camp, and Blue Mountain Scout Camp. They also serve both boys and girls at Camp Jeremiah Johnson Day Camps and at Beaver High Adventure and Entrada High Adventure Bases.

merit badgesMost Popular Merit Badges
Youth learned about possible future careers by earning more than 80,500 merit badges last year. The First Aid merit badge was awarded 3,887 times, making it the most popular. Other popular merit badges included Environmental Science, Environmental Science, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Wilderness Survival, Communication, and Swimming.

FactsPic4Advanced Leadership Training
1,745 youth attended Advanced Leadership Training programs in the Council during 2013, while 735 adults also attended Wood Badge, our advanced leadership course for adults. 463 adults and youth were certified in CPR/First Aid, and 164 individuals earned their NRA Safety Certifications during the year.

FactsPic5Approx 46,600 Needy Individuals Assisted with Food
The Council’s Scouting for Food service project collected more than 700,000 pounds of food. More than 46,600 individuals served by the local food pantries were assisted as a result.

Eagle Scout2591 Eagles and 41 Outstanding Eagles Awarded
In 2013, 2,591 young men received their Eagle Scout awards. Collectively 14,529 Cub Scout (Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos) and 20,788 Boy Scout (Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life) rank advancements were awarded. 41 adult Eagle Scouts received the Oustanding Eagle Award

Make BSA your #GivingTuesday Choice Today!


Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA.
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One thought on “Support BSA this #GivingTuesday—December 2

  1. AvatarAndrew

    I think it is amazing that there are over 2500 Scouts that earned their Eagle last year! That represents a bunch of service hours back to the community and a boys learning some good things. Scouting can sure have a positive impact on youth!


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