Category Archives: Boy Scouting

All about Boy Scouting.

By Nick Hutchinson
May 31, 2017

Fly High With Your Scouts at Aviation Adventure in Heber City

Wasatch District is pleased to announce Aviation Adventure in conjunction with the Heber City Airport. Come learn about opportunities available in aviation, fire, and police services while working on some amazing merit badges. Don’t worry; any Scout or Scout troop in the Council is welcome and encouraged to participate and can even stay overnight! We […]

By John Peterson
May 29, 2017

How Selling Smart Saver Cards Taught This Scout About Self-Reliance

I received a note from a Scout in my district recently. He was so excited about paying his own way to camp (and much more), that I had to share his story:   “Hi, I’m Sean Bezzant. My friend Preston told me about selling Scout cards. He was selling to earn money for a leadership […]

By Darryl Alder
May 28, 2017

Let Them Lead: Leading Reflections

Taking time to reflect on activities helps youth feel the spirit, express their feelings, and find meaning in the things they are experiencing. Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught: “May we then do . . . what Nephi did when studying the scriptures, namely, to ‘liken all scriptures’ unto ourselves (1 Nephi 19:23). This is something […]

By Debbie Spoons
May 22, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

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. Date: May 25 – 27th and June 1 […]

By Madison Austin
May 20, 2017

Get Ready For Camp Event – A Success!

At the Utah National Parks Council in Orem, Utah, the yearly “Get Ready for Camp” event brought families and Boy Scouts into the Scout Shop to get ready for a summer of camps.  This yearly event features everything a boy would need to prepare for any of the Boy Scout camps they are heading to. […]

By Boy Scouts of America
May 15, 2017

Using Safety Moments in Scouting Activities

What do nuclear power plants, construction sites, aircraft carriers, and many hospitals have in common with Scouting? All constantly look for ways to eliminate potentially life threatening or fatal hazards. One tool used by many safety-conscious groups is a safety moment at the beginning of a meeting or activity. You start with a pause to […]

By Colin Wylie
May 14, 2017

Life Lessons from My Scouting Mom

Each year in May, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the significant role of motherhood. We buy cards, flowers and often will make breakfast in bed. In Scouting, we recognize the critical influence that our Scouting Moms have on the development of the individual and the planting of faith in each Scout. Like in […]

By Darryl Alder
May 13, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Johnson’s Hole

New Scout leaders in Utah Valley often ask this question, so I want to help.  Obvious options include one of the many Council or Forest Service campgrounds in the area, but I have a few nearby favorites I’m mentioning in this series. First, a family and troop favorite, try Johnson’s Hole. You access Johnson’s Hole through […]

By Michelle Carpenter
May 12, 2017

Bryce: A Day in the Life of a Camp Staffer

He’s shoving cereal down his throat, rushing to the school bus. He gets in, muddles through classes, chats with friends and engages in an extracurricular activity in the evening. Finally, around 8:00 PM, he comes home, struggles through calculus and goes to bed. That’s a pretty typical day for a teenager during the school year. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 11, 2017

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT —  On May 11, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced, “the Church will no longer charter Varsity or Venturing units with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada effective January 1, 2018. We express sincere appreciation and gratitude […]

By Darryl Alder
May 08, 2017

Utah Lake is for Merit Badges

Five years ago, Lee Hansen wrote a paper for the council suggesting potential campsite around Utah Lake. In the months after he wrote it, he took me on a tour around the lake looking at potential campsites. He shared his research with us in a paper entitled: “Potential Sites for Scout Camps Near Utah Lake.” As […]

By Darryl Alder
May 07, 2017

Woolen Socks and the Holy Ghost

Looking back it was a pretty miserable campout, but I was determined to do my part in offering our Scouts a bit of privation. After reading Jarom Shaver’s “Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?” in March, I wanted to test his thesis.  Now, ours is troop that camps nearly every month. Matt Johnson, our Scoutmaster, is great […]

By Michelle Carpenter
May 06, 2017

3D Printing: A New Take on an Old Derby Tradition

  The moment is epic and traditional—wooden, carefully painted cars glide down the track, the hopes of a young boy mounted on fast rolling wheels.   But, traditions change, and it’s okay.   With developing technology, shaping a car from wood is simply not the only option. Before everyone gets mad and screams at me […]