By Katelyn Kenedy
Jan 01, 2018

The Top Ten Blog Articles of 2017

As we say goodbye to 2017 and say hello to a new, fresh year in 2018, we wanted to take the chance to look back on the top ten blog articles of this past year. While you made many Scouting memories on your own, the Boy Scout captured some exciting things. Here’s your favorite ten posts (based off readership) from our blog this year:


“The need for strong, capable leadership is critical today, both in Scouting and in the world generally” -Thomas S. Monson. In this article, we compiled the more recent statements LDS Church leaders made on Scouting- and they’re pretty great. 

LDS Church Leaders Statements On Scouting

These Scout Executives came to conference as part of a two-day LDS-BSA Relations Seminar. Their goal? To learn more about the needs of their Scouts (and units) in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here’s the article in which we told you all about what Scout Executives learned about the Mormons. 

What Scout Executives Learned about Mormons from Visiting Utah

This year our readers were excited to learn that at our new Outdoor Center, located at the Orem Council Service Center, we started a uniform exchange/buy-back where Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and their leaders can exchange old, gently-used uniforms for uniforms that will fit them. Being thrifty and saving money is always exciting!

New Council Uniform Exchange Provides Cheaper Alternatives

Readers loved our article recounting Elder Holland’s remarks at a sacrament meeting held at this year’s National Jamboree. “It is just staggering to me that God in his goodness would take the most sacred, repeatable, significant, atoning, remembering ordinance in the Church and put it in the hands of a 12-year-old. What does that say about you? What does it say about God’s trust and confidence in you?”

Elder Holland asks Scouts to Step Up in their Priesthood Duties

Many Scouts can earn the Iron Rod Medallion Award at summer Scout camp this year and can still earn in 2018. The Iron Rod Medallion’s purpose is to remind Scouts and others to hold fast to the word of God for guidance through this day and age.

Introducing the Iron Rod Medallion Award

The LDS Church’s decision to drop Varsity and Venturing programs caused a lot of panic and confusion as people thought the announcement meant that the Church was dropping Scouting entirely. Hopefully, Scouters were calmed by our article clarifying the change and found out Scouting is still alive and well in the Church youth programs.

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

And with the announcement from the LDS Church on the change in Young Men programs, and most young men earning their Eagle after the age of 16, there was a lot of confusion on how the Eagle Scout Award would fit in the future. This article was great for clarifying that, while supporting young men through their journey to an Eagle, it is important to remember that the best part of the trail to an Eagle is the journey- not the destination.

LDS Scouts Do NOT Have to Get Their Eagle Before They’re 14

With how close the Thunder Ridge Scout camp was to being completely burned down, one of the favorite articles of this year was the miraculous and courageous story about how firefighters encircled and protected the camp for hours upon hours in order to save the camp. We are truly thankful to these heroes and grateful that, by a miracle, the fire circled the property but did not completely destroy our beloved camp. 

Returning to Thunder Ridge Scout Camp after the Brian Head Fire

One of the great things about Scouting is that it prepares youth to serve their family, their community, the world, and prepare them to serve missions. We loved this story about how the path of two Scouters crossed yet again in the mission field. Scouting friends can really become life-long friends. 

How Two Scouting Friends Became Missionary Companions

In Eric Dowdle’s newest puzzle this year, we were excited to see our very own Maple Dell Scout Camp featured! Definitely a highlight for our council. 

The New Eric Dowdle Puzzle: Voted Best Christmas Gift to Give this Year

So, thank you and goodbye to 2017. Here we come 2018, we are excited for all that is to come!



Author: Katelyn Kenedy | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council


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