Category Archives: Boy Scouting

All about Boy Scouting.

By Community Submission
May 23, 2018

Fieldbook: The Forgotten Tome of BSA Outdoor Knowledge

The word “tome” often refers to ancient, scholarly books, filled with knowledge. Considering the important, historical texts of Scouting, some could call the BSA Fieldbook a famous tome of the movement. However, as fewer and fewer Scouters reference this learned document, it has become a forgotten tome of the BSA. By forgetting this important text, […]

By Madison Austin
May 18, 2018

Top 4 Comments on LDS – BSA Announcement

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this past week that, starting on Jan. 1, 2020, it will shift the focus of its youth programs toward serving an increasingly global membership. There was a mixed response as many Scouters began wondering what this news means for the BSA and reflected on their time in 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 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 […]

trail to eagle sponsor
By Julia Thompson
Apr 11, 2018

Trail to Eagle Sponsors: Local Companies Help Scouts

The Eagle Scout Award is the highest achievement possible for those in the Scouting program. Only 4% of all Scouts reach this rank. In addition to earning at least 21 merit badges, they must exemplify the Scout Oath and Law and hold positions of leadership. They must also complete a project. While this last piece […]

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 […]

Utah Valley Scout Show
By Madison Austin
Apr 07, 2018

Utah Valley Scout Show April 28, 2018 Features Fun for the Whole Family

It’s possible you’ve heard about the Utah Valley Scout Show. Maybe you already have your tickets! Or maybe you have no idea what a Scout Show is. Whatever the case is, we’re here to answer your questions and show you why you need to be at the 2018 Utah Valley Family Scout Show on April 28th, 2018, 9 […]

By Julia Thompson
Apr 07, 2018

Pro Rafting Tours with Donny Hazard – Trail to Eagle Merit Badge Sponsor

With the start of the new Trail to Eagle Merit Badge Workshop program, we have had some awesome businesses in our community sponsor some Merit Badge Workshops. Recently, Pro Rafting Tours became a sponsor of the Whitewater and Kayaking Merit Badge. Who is Pro Rafting Tours? The Pro Rafting Tours team is a close family […]

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 […]

outdoor ethics
By Community Submission
Mar 24, 2018

How to Practice Leave No Trace and Outdoor Ethics When Camping

As Scouters, it is our duty to understand the current BSA Outdoor Ethics guidelines. It is important to not only know but take to heart these principles. Mike Hall, for the Orem District Newsletter, has outlined The BSA Outdoor Ethics guidelines here, which include three key outdoor doctrines: 1) The Outdoor Code 2) Tread Lightly […]

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 […]

Boy Scouts fishing
By Madison Austin
Mar 20, 2018

Hooked on fishing – How to give Scouts the best fishing experience

In Utah, there are so many beautiful places, near and far, to take Scouts fishing. Whether you want to try a simple pond or explore a wild river, the options are almost endless. In this article, I explore what I learned at the University of Scouting this year about the many ways to get Scouts actively involved […]

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 […]