Category Archives: Boy Scouting

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By Darryl Alder
Oct 20, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Hailstone Campground at Jordanelle State Park

Last weekend I went camping with Troop 592. I am there committee chairman and the Scoutmaster needed me to make his leadership 2-deep, but this was no inconvenience. I love camping and I wanted to share this location with our readers any way. The only drawback was the weather report—it predicted snow, but it was 62°F […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 15, 2017

Wind, Fire and God

Friday night our campout was more than chilly; it was downright cold, but I didn’t say much as we had two new Scouts with us and the campfire was warm.  Our Scoutmaster, Matt Johnson, had asked for help during the week with two-deep leadership. I was more than happy to go camping, but the weather […]

By Julia Thompson
Oct 13, 2017

The NRA Foundation Grants Continue to Make Our Camps Better

The NRA’s continuing generosity allows the Utah National Parks Council to improve our camps each year. This well established partnership not only helps the Scouts excel in shooting sports, but to be safe as well. The NRA Foundation grants able us to update facilities and add new equipment. This year we received 16 Weatherby 12 […]

By Kevin Hunt
Oct 12, 2017

Why my bolo tie collection was the most important thing saved from the Thunder Ridge fire

Part 1 of a 2-Part Blog Article This summer I blogged extensively about the Brian Head fire that skirted around the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp in Southern Utah. I had only hinted, however, about my prized, hand-carved bolo tie collection and the potential loss of it in the fire. I also didn’t mention the story […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 11, 2017

Local Scouting Partners Can Now Choose to Include Girls

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously decided to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. You can read more […]

By Madison Austin
Oct 08, 2017

History Highlights of LDS Girls in Scouting

The position and involvement of LDS girls in Scouting has always been somewhat vague and often misunderstood. Follow along for some quick history highlights and explanations of how we came to the current position of girls in Scouting.  In the beginning… In 1869, the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association was organized by Brigham Young to encourage […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 07, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Diamond Fork Canyon

When we weren’t camping at Maple Dell or Hobble Creek Scout Camps (now Jeremiah Johnson), our Scouts loved Diamond Fork Canyon. There are three good campgrounds in the area, Diamond, Palmyra and Three Forks Campgrounds.  Diamond and Palmyra are adjacent to each other. This is a large campground and was the site of many of […]

By Maloree Anderson
Oct 04, 2017

Camping: A Scoutmaster’s Secret Weapon

Sometimes it can be intimidating to be called as a Scoutmaster. Especially if you don’t have any previous Scouting experience. Have no fear for you have a secret weapon: Camping! Camping is the ‘outing’ of Scouting and a critical element of the Scouting program. In this article you will learn the Who, What, When, Where, Why, […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Oct 01, 2017

Priesthood General Session: Lessons for Priesthood Holders and Scouts

Priesthood, integrity, and responsibility. These were a few of the topics highlighted at the October 2017 General Priesthood Session. Men old and young attended the session at the General Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT and millions more tuned in to the live broadcast. The Priesthood is a Rocket Elder Dale G. Renlund of […]

By Kelly Frey
Sep 30, 2017

The 8:1 Rule: Give Your Youth More Positive Feedback More Often

Over the weekend I attended another Little Philmont event, this time in Vernal, UT. Again, it was amazing to meet together with fellow participants and receive instruction from such admirable speakers. One of the speakers, Elder Dale H. Munk of the Seventy, shared an inspiring story that he calls the “8:1 Rule.” Elder Munk’s told […]

By Katelyn Kenedy
Sep 29, 2017

Salem Scout Dies of Altitude Sickness, Dad on Mission to Save Future Lives

Dozens of local news channels covered the story about the 17-year-old football player from Salem, Utah who passed away on August 5, 2017 from altitude sickness while on a Boy Scout camping trip in the High Uintas. After losing his son, Doug Julian’s father, also named Doug, is now mightily determined to educate and spread awareness about […]

By Madison Austin
Sep 28, 2017

Merit Badge Adventures at Maple Dell Scout Camp Make Advancement a Breeze

Merit Badge Adventures at Maple Dell Scout Camp have proved time and time again to be a great atmosphere for Scouts to have fun and pursue advancement. This past weekend, the Porter Rockwell District of the Utah National Parks Council put together and hosted the whole event. It was a great success and we are […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Sep 27, 2017

To All Scouts Who Didn’t Come to the Merit Badge Adventure at Camp JJ: “You Missed Out!”

9 out of 10, that’s how three Scouts rated their experience at the Merit Badge Adventure at Camp Jeremiah Johnson this past weekend. Over 20 young men and their fathers huddled together in the unusually cold September weather, made friends and earned merit badges. On one side of Camp JJ, 11-14 year-old boys learned the basics […]

By Julia Thompson
Sep 26, 2017

Why I Leave No Trace

“What are you doing?” I asked my husband, then boyfriend, while we were on a family campout. He looked odd wandering around and suddenly disappearing for minutes clutching a black trash bag. “Don’t worry about it,” he said. This statement, of course, made me more curious. I followed him around and watched as he picked […]

By Ali Mohammad
Sep 25, 2017

FREE Shipping on Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards

***FREE shipping on all online orders October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 only!*** 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 […]

By Jim Bethel
Sep 21, 2017

Why am I a Scout Dad?

I have been involved in Scouting most of my life – but had little experience as a youth.  My dad was mostly an absentee dad.  We moved around the country every few months following the construction projects that he was involved with.  I remember wanting to spend more time with him, but there never seemed […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 15, 2017

Join us for Family Camping 101 at the Orem Scout Shop’s Family Camping Event

Looking to make your family camping trips successful? Well, look no further, because we have got just the day planned for you! On Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm, the Orem Scout Shop will be hosting a Family Camping event. The Scout Shop will provide you with all the gear and […]

By Kelly Frey
Sep 11, 2017

Little Philmont Shows How Stake Presidents Can “Be There” for Their Scouts

Over the past weekend I got to attend Little Philmont at Tifie Scout Camp in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Overall, it was an amazing experience. At Little Philmont, local Stake Presidents are able to connect with each other as they receive instruction on Scouting and leadership skills. Speakers like Elder Dale H. Munk of the Seventy, […]