Category Archives: Boy Scouting

All about Boy Scouting.

By Ryan Bertram
Mar 21, 2017

Spring Mountain Bike in Red Rock Country

Mountain bike across the world-renowned “Mag 7” slick-rock trails near Moab, Utah in early April. Navigate water pockets and ledges while enjoying stunning vistas of canyons, buttes, and mesas in pleasant spring desert weather. Entrada is a high-adventure base gem that is surrounded by extraordinary red rock geological formations, beautiful desert southwest vistas, and world famous destinations: Moab […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 20, 2017

Excellence in Life and all 138 Merit Badges – Neil Mayfield

Cornelius Mayfield, or Neil for short, does not shy away from hard work. In fact, he looks for it, and then thrives in it. Just before his 17th birthday, Mayfield accomplished what very few Boy Scouts have ever or will ever accomplish. Mayfield finished all 138 merit badges.  “Neil has a natural inclination to achieve excellence,” […]

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 19, 2017

Merit Badges Boost LDS Missionaries’ Safety and Health

Five of my kids served missions in diverse places: Idaho, Guatemala, Argentina, and Colorado (two served in Colorado). No matter where they went, mission health and safety mattered. My children needed to know what to do in difficult situations to protect themselves, their companions, and others. Like them, all young men and women face unusual […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 18, 2017

Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening Elicited Scouting Enthusiasm

The  Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening took place on Saturday March 18th, and we’d like to thank all who came.  We’d especially like to shout out to the Food Truck Underground Roundup who partnered with us to make this grand opening not only engaging but delicious. Spending a Friday evening with friends and family outside in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 17, 2017

Why We’re Having An Outdoor Center Grand Opening Party

The Food Truck Underground Roundup is here waiting for you to come to dinner: We can show you around: Our new Trading Post and Outdoor Center is located at the Orem Service Center at 748 North 1340 West, Orem Utah right next to the National BSA Scout Shop. In our ongoing attempt to better serve […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 16, 2017

Local Scout Speaks at Capitol to Kick-Off Scouting for Food

UNPC Eagle Scout Matt Cahoon is only seventeen, but at the Utah State Capitol yesterday he confronted America’s biggest fear: public speaking. Not only did he give a speech at one of the most prestigious places in Utah, but he did it in conjunction with a speech by the governor of Utah Gary Herbert.  “I […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 13, 2017

Did You Attend the 2017 Scout Show?

What’s a better place to demonstrate the awesomeness of Scouting than at The Big Outdoors Expo? For the third year in a row, the Scout Show promoted many adventures Scouting offers through hands on activities, contests, games, prizes, and more. Expo attendees were able to participate in activities as if they were at camp themselves. Rock climbing, […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Mar 11, 2017

The Minute Cost of Educated Training: University of Scouting

The teacher stood in front of his class, encouraging two men to ascend onto large black platforms and roleplay as Cubs. He then proceeded to weave a legendary story of magical water transforming for true Scouts.   The pretend Cub Scouts each shook a bottle of water behind their shoulders, and it mysteriously turned blue. […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 08, 2017

Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

The answer is yes and no. Of course, Scouting has much to offer to prospective missionaries. That’s obvious; the Church wouldn’t include it in their youth programs if it didn’t. Many of our youth even achieve the high esteemed Eagle Scout rank. However, the real questions are, why are they achieving the Eagle Scout rank? […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 07, 2017

Den Chief – How the Troop and Pack Can Help Each Other

The Troop Helps the Pack While the Pack Helps the Troop Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Patrol Leader. Troop Guide.  Den Chief. Historian. OA Rep. Librarian. Quartermaster. Bugler. Scribe. Instructor. Chaplain Aide. Webmaster. Outdoor Ethics Guide. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  According to page 420-421 of the current Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition), these are all […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 06, 2017

Nothing Can Stop the Determined Soul

Those words spoken by Hyrum Smith, at the University of Scouting held last month at UVU, are words I have known for more that 30 years.  The power of his message in 1984 was transformational in how I managed my life; hardly a day goes by I do not use what he taught me 33 years […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 05, 2017

Let Them Lead

Do we as Scout leaders truly let the boys lead? In Scouting or on Sunday we may catch ourselves planning, executing and ultimately undermining the leadership development of our youth. It may be hard to let go of some control and let them lead, but understanding that our purpose is in teaching and advising, we can guide our young men to become leaders in every part of their lives. It […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 01, 2017

Why Guide to Advancement is the Best Source on Policy

Recently, the Troop Leader’s Guidebook, Volume II was released with an error under ‘Alternative Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank’ on page 156. It stated: “3. The candidate must complete as many of the requirements of the required merit badges as his ability permits.” This is an incorrect statement and will be corrected in the next […]

By Community Submission
Feb 28, 2017

Scout Show 2017, Mar 10th &11th: Sword Jousting, 360° Photo Booth, and Enthused Scouts

Kids surround a giant derby track as the race begins. A woman dressed as Elsa decorates a child’s face. A Scout holds a rifle, aiming at his target. All  were seen at Utah’s Outdoor Expo and Boy Scout Show in 2016. This year, prepare for more crazy fun sights because the event’s making a comeback. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 27, 2017

Help Fight Hunger By Scouting for Food – March 18, 2017

Beginning March 11th, Cub Scout packs will deliver Scouting for Food door hangers like the one below. Join the local Boy Scouts as they help fight hunger statewide by filling a bag with nutritious non-perishable food donations and leaving it outside your front door by 9:00 a.m. on March 18. Scouts will collect bags from 9 am […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 26, 2017

Connect Them With Heaven

Scouting’s spiritual element is overlooked sometimes. Even when part of your calling has you teaching lessons on Sunday, we don’t often take the everyday opportunities to teach heavenly things. It can be overwhelming to teach young people, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important methods you can […]

By Jarom Shaver
Feb 22, 2017

Do Scout Leaders Really Let the Boy Lead?

We recently received some inspirational emails from some of our Scout leaders. They wrote to us with sincerity and passion about the importance of letting boys lead. Do we as Scout leaders really allow the boy’s to lead? The Young Men General Presidency recently announced three principles of becoming an impact teacher, one of which […]

By Annaleis Smith
Feb 21, 2017

When Parents Sign the Boy Scout Youth Application

When a parent signs the BSA Youth application what does it mean?  They sign their name inside a box below the words that say: “I have read the attached information for parents and approve the application.  I affirm that I have or will review “How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parents Guide.” […]