Category Archives: Boy Scouting

All about Boy Scouting.

By Elder Dale Munk
Aug 17, 2017

To Friends of Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council

Thank you for your kind support of Scouting and the young men it serves. Over 56,000 families contributed to the Church’s 2016 “Friends of Scouting Drive” for the Utah National Parks Council. A year has passed, and families may again respond to the First Presidency’s invitation to participate in the annual Friends of Scouting drive […]

Thunder Ridge Scout Camp Gateway
By Kevin Hunt
Aug 16, 2017

Thunder Ridge Scout Camp 2017 Became One Adventure After Another

It was the privilege of Lou (my wife) and me to serve this summer on staff at the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp.  We were both commissioners who served the troops, leaders, and Scouts who came to the camp.  We are from Mesa, Arizona but to get out of the scorching heat – and to help […]

By Ali Mohammad
Aug 14, 2017

Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards Now Available

Effective immediately, leaders in the Utah National Parks Council who have completed their online internet advancement can order their advancement awards through our online order form and have them shipped directly to their house or pick them up at their local Council Service Center just in time for their pack meeting or court of honor. […]

By Maloree Anderson
Aug 14, 2017

Work Towards Your Eagle Year-round by Attending Merit Badge Adventures!

We’ve heard you loud and clear – provide more merit badge opportunities year-round! Merit Badge Adventures is just that, a Friday through Saturday adventure at one of our Scout camps that focus on helping youth work on one or more merit badges! Troops can now combine their monthly campout with merit badge work – no […]

By Advancement News
Aug 11, 2017

The Blue Card: a Vital Record

In the March-April 2017 issue of the Advancement News, they discussed the “Process of Counseling.” In that article, they mentioned the role that the “Application For Merit Badge” (aka the “Blue Card”) plays in the overall merit badge earning process. This follow-up article will deal more directly with some of the specific areas of the […]

By Debbie Spoons
Aug 10, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

This post contains updated dates, as of August 10, 2017.  Scout leaders, get ready for Summer climbing and rappelling trips now. This exciting part of Scouting comes with great risk, so BSA has training to get you safe and ready. To take youth climbing, rappelling or canyoneering, this certification is required by BSA before you leave on your adventure. Dates: September […]

By Katie Morrell
Aug 03, 2017

Crossing Countries and Cultures: Chinese Families Visit Tifie Scout Camp

Scouting unites youth across the entire globe by giving them a common goal, personal development. Scouts in every country wear the purple world crest, an emblem of unity and a symbol that no matter the location, Scouting is a worldwide brotherhood.  This week at Tifie Scout Camp, Scouters were reminded of this sacred bond by […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 28, 2017

Beaver High Adventure Base’s Best Kept Secrets

If you haven’t been to Beaver High Adventure Base, then I am sorry. It truly is an alpine paradise tucked away, high within Fishlake National Forest. I had the great opportunity to visit camp up at Beaver last week. Luckily, I made it in time, as it was the last day of their last week […]

By Katie Morrell
Jul 26, 2017

The Sun Sets on a New Week: Returning to Tifie Scout Camp on Sunday Evenings

The bridge is the first sign that we are almost back.  It is one of those bridges that somehow seems older than the land surrounding it.  Sometimes I wonder what came first, Tifie Scout Camp or the bridge.  My guess would be the bridge. The bridge is the welcome mat of Tifie and stands at […]

By Bryan Wendell
Jul 24, 2017

Camping Changes for 2nd and 1st Class

Since Lord Baden-Powell’s first campout on Brownsea Island, the outdoors has been an important part of Scouting. Fun things happen on campouts, and they can be a place where advancement occurs. However because LDS eleven-year-old Scouts may participate in only three one-night camps a year, these Scouts can only advance to the Second Class Rank. […]

By Advancement News
Jul 22, 2017

Summer Adventures Don’t Have to Break the Bank

I’m sorry if your troop or pack won’t be going to summer camp this summer. I truly am. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to keep the OUTING in SCOUTING. Let’s use the summer time to plan events that will interest and excite the boys. Wait… wasn’t that Baden-Powell’s original idea. How […]

By Darryl Alder
Jul 19, 2017

National Scout Jamboree Offers Advancement Opportunities

Today nearly 24,000 Scouts and Venturers will arrive at the Bechtel Summit Reserve for the 17th National Jamboree. Our blogging team arrives there tomorrow and you can follow our stories at voiceofscouting.org. But for now, know that excitement is in the air as Scouts are unpacking for the adventure of a lifetime. As part of their […]

By Darryl Alder
Jul 15, 2017

Safety from an LDS Global Safety Officer’s View

In May, Mt Nebo District Roundtable featured guest speaker, Alan Rogers who is a Senior Safety Manager in LDS Loss Prevention Church Risk Management and is a Great Salt Lake Council Risk Management Committee Member.  He began by asking us to consider a four step plan to improve safety (see right). Then he build his presentation around […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jul 12, 2017

An Interview With Nick Hutchinson on Adventure Tracks

Currently I am serving as a Commissioner on the camp staff at the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp near Parowan, Utah.  Camp is not a new experience for me.  I have been doing it for years and in many different camps through the West.  Although each camp has had its unique features, most of them are […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 10, 2017

Retaining Our Young Men In Scouting

Even since the early years of Scouting, retaining older youth provides a challenge.  There are many reasons why boys decide to quit Scouting. Many want to be with their peers and, for the most part, Boy Scout troops lack a good peer environment for high-school-aged boys. Other boys may get bored with the program around the […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 06, 2017

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

Growing up, I lived very close to my elementary school, so every weekday I found myself walking to school. My mom told me it was good for me, but I was not a fan. I walked to and from school every day, head down, feet moving as quickly as possible.This was my routine for many […]