Category Archives: Building Youth

Inspiring stories and news about how Scouting builds youth.

patriotic service
By Julia Thompson
Jul 04, 2018

Patriotic Service with President Owen at the Freedom Festival in Provo

The Freedom Festival is an event that happens in Provo each July. People from all over Utah gather to celebrate our freedoms. Some of the events at this multi-day celebration include Balloon Fest, Freedom Run, Patriotic Service, and Cries of Freedom the Musical. The Colonial Heritage Festival portion of the gathering is an old fashion […]

cub scouting essentials
By Julia Thompson
Jun 26, 2018

Cub Scouting Essentials: Doing Your Best and Where to Start

So, you are a new leader or have a child who is new to Cub Scouts, now what? Although Cub Scouting can seem daunting, as it is the first step many youth, leaders and parents often take into Scouting, it is well worth it. The skills learned in this program will be the essential building blocks for a […]

wood badge pilot course registration
By Madison Austin
May 30, 2018

Be a Wood Badge pioneer: participate in the pilot courses of the updated program

This July, be a pioneer in shaping future leaders by participating in the new, pilot Wood Badge course! In preparation of the Wood Badge Centennial in 2020, the Wood Badge program is being updated. Only a handful of pilot programs are available across the nation and the Utah National Parks Council has been given the […]

By Maloree Anderson
May 18, 2018

How to Support and Integrate Older Boys in the Troop

Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be no longer be a chartered-partner with the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2020, most LDS units will continue the Scouting experience. That means there is still a need to know how to support and integrate older boys into the troop. So, what are […]

By Melany Gardner
May 14, 2018

Honorees Compared to the Good Samaritan at the 2018 Influential Women in Scouting Event

Mother’s Day came two days early for 24 exemplary women Friday evening. Among the honorees of the 2018 Influential Women in Scouting Award there were mothers, educators, camp directors, wood badgers, district leaders and amazing Scouters. See all the awardees here.  Sister Dana Wiest of the Primary General Board spoke to these women and their […]

By Annaleis Smith
May 11, 2018

Be Known as a Commissioner

I recently re-watched the LDS Commissioner’s Orientation video narrated by The BSA National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist.  If you haven’t watched it or even if you have and it’s been a while, I recommend that all stake leaders watch it. (It only takes about 10 mins)  There were a couple of lines specifically that caught my […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 09, 2018

Utah National Parks Council Committed to Serving LDS Youth and Future Community Partners

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Yesterday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America announced that beginning in 2020, the Church will no longer charter Scouting units because they will be launching a new program that meets the needs of their increasingly global membership. […]

By Melany Gardner
May 02, 2018

Scout Me In and Scouts BSA: How the Program Name Change Affects You

Today the Boy Scouts of America unveiled the new name of the Boy Scout program, changing it to  “Scouts BSA” for older boys and girls ages 11-17 to ensure all youth feel welcome and can see themselves in Scouting. With a scheduled launch on Feb. 1, 2019, boys and girls in separate troops who are […]

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 13, 2018

How To Complete This Unique UNPC Commissioner College Patch

Do you have this patch? If you have attended a Commissioner College (live or online) in the Utah National Parks Council since January 2014 you should have received the above patch just for attending. (Usually awarded as part of the closing ceremony)  But it is just the start of your UNPC Commissioner College patch. Here […]

By Melany Gardner
Apr 09, 2018

Utah National Parks Council 2017 Annual Report

In 2017, the Utah National Parks Council demonstrated how Scouting is striving and thriving. As the #1 large council in the Boy Scouts of America, we excelled in almost every area of performance.  More people than ever are camping at our facilities, enjoying the benefits of outdoor experiences. In serving our chartered partner, we consistently exceeded […]

pathway to priesthood
By Julia Thompson
Apr 08, 2018

Pathway to Priesthood: Scouting Promotes Leadership, Citizenship and Priesthood Preparation

Pathway to Priesthood: Scouting Promotes Leadership, Citizenship, and Priesthood Preparation As the longest formal chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting has been a staple in the LDS Church for a long time. The reason the Church has stuck with Scouting is that the program truly promotes the important goals the Church seeks to […]

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 06, 2018

Brand New Commissioner Courses

Three brand new courses will be debuted at the College of Commissioner Science being held in Provo on Sat. April 21, 2018 (Register here).  Each of the three new courses fill a need to help inform and train commissioners with three very specific groups of youth – Cub Scouts, LDS Eleven Year Old Scouts, and […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 30, 2018

Provo Commissioner College

Are you a Scouter who has the word Commissioner in your position?  Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner (ADC), Roundtable Commissioner, or other? The UNPC has a training event coming soon just for you. Registration is now open! If you have never been to a Commissioner College before or maybe it’s been a while, […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Mar 28, 2018

Making Leadership Positions More Meaningful in LDS Scouting

It’s Sunday afternoon and you’re feeling refreshed after a wonderful Sacrament meeting. One of the brothers in the ward just gave a powerful talk about the importance of helping the young men in the ward be successful. This causes you to ponder on your role as the Scoutmaster. You begin thinking about all of the […]

the keepers of the flame
By Julia Thompson
Mar 26, 2018

The Keepers of the Flame: What it Actually Means

The Keepers of the Flame The Boy Scouts of America has been shaping the lives of youth around the country since 1910. You, our generous supporters, have been making this happen. The Utah National Parks Council is grateful for all of the donors, volunteers, and sponsors who support Scouting avidly in our community. We are especially […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Mar 22, 2018

Program Feature Series: Wilderness Survival

In this article we are featuring the program module for wilderness survival from the Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 2. (You can also read this article for more information on how to plan using the program resources.) What Will You Do Now? “Scouting teaches you to be prepared. When you go on outings, you take along […]

camp love
By Julia Thompson
Mar 16, 2018

Camp Love: Finding Forever at Beaver High Adventure Base

Camp Love When Kayla and James first met in 2012 at Beaver High Adventure Base, love was the furthest thing from their minds. They became friends but thought nothing of it. Now, almost six years later, they are a story of camp love, to be married in May. Kayla and James Kayla is a college […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Mar 15, 2018

Program Feature Series: Skateboarding

In this article we are featuring the program module for skateboarding from the Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 3. (You can also read this article for more information on how to plan using the program resources.) Ready to Ride “Chances are you see somebody on a skateboard nearly every day. From its humble beginnings more than half […]