Category Archives: Building Youth

Inspiring stories and news about how Scouting builds youth.

By Jarom Shaver
Apr 18, 2017

What I Learned as an Intern at Boy Scouts of America

I grew up in the LDS church and had every opportunity to participate in the Boy Scouts of America. I attended from time to time but never earned a merit badge or really committed to the program. Throughout those years I was heavily involved in sports. I was either busy with city league teams or […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 16, 2017

Three Lessons Young Men Taught Me About Christ

Christ is the single most important person we can introduce to our Scouts, and we know it. Today, we worship Him, celebrate Him, and recognize Him–but, of course, that should be an everyday thing.  Sometimes though, it’s not us teaching the boys about Christ. It’s the boys teaching us about Christ.  From time to time, […]

By McKenna Hunt
Apr 14, 2017

Introducing: Michael Neider, New Council President

The Executive Board approved Michael Neider as the new Council President on April 13th. We’re thrilled to welcome Michael and his wife Cindy. Both are uniquely experienced and already dedicated and devoted to serving youth.  Born in exotic Pocatello, Idaho, Michael Neider joined the Cub Scouts as a Bobcat and never looked back. After graduating from Brigham […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 12, 2017

Catholic Bishop Awarded For Utah Scouting Efforts

“Some would call him an unsung hero,” said Dave Pack, Scout Executive of the Utah National Parks Council. “I don’t think those that he’s impacted the most would call him that. They’d call him their hero.” On Sunday April 2nd, at the annual Diocesan, Bishop James Blaine received the North Star Award for his efforts […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 12, 2017

Why Your Teen Should Go To NYLT/Timberline

As a leader and parent, I cannot recommend National Youth Leadership Training enough. As a Scout, I took the youth version of the training called Junior Leader Training (JLT). I later taught it. Then, I  went on to help districts in our Council run dozens of courses, including our first coed course five years ago.  NYLT, […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 09, 2017

Ours is a Broken Culture

In the last six months, Utah National Parks Council LDS-BSA Relationships committee has hosted more than 500 Stake Presidents and Bishops at Little Philmont, a priesthood conference on Scouting. The subjects focused on how to use Scouting resources to help older young men’s programs work better for the church. For many, the conferences liberate their […]

By Advancement News
Apr 07, 2017

Any Scout, Any Merit Badge, Any Time

A few merit badges have certain restrictions, but there are no restrictions on when a boy can begin working on a merit badge. Any registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may work on any badge at any time. Furthermore, although recommended, it is not necessary for a Boy Scout to […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 06, 2017

10 Things the New Primary President Should Know about Cub Scouts

Being primary president  might be overwhelming. Not only do dozens of little smiling faces rely on you for spiritual guidance, but you’re also supposed to reach out to families as part of the ward council . You train leaders and recommend people for callings. Also, you oversee records and budgets. On top of all that, […]

By John Gailey
Apr 03, 2017

Going to Camp in Style!

When going to camp or a high adventure, you’ve got to go in style, right? And having a shirt that is customized to your troop/team/crew/ward is even better! Why a Common Shirt? One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, including activity shirts. Having the entire group dressed the same builds unity within […]

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 26, 2017

Walk, Bike, or Ride: Transportation Merit Badges for Mission Travel

My oldest son Bryan was called to the Buenos Aires Argentina South mission. Each day, he walked an average of 12 miles. He needed to be prepared for the physical exertion of walking and hiking.  Similarly, many missionaries will utilize various transportation methods throughout their missions. They will be required to navigate around a new […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Mar 25, 2017

How Teenage Girls Started Our First Female Jamboree Crew

Utah National Parks Council has never sent a group of girls to Jamboree, but this summer seven teenage girls and two women are about to trek eastward as the council’s first girls crew ever. The idea began when Hannah Johnston, age fifteen at the time, had a simple conversation with her father.  “He said ‘Hey, […]

By David Johnson
Mar 22, 2017

Year-Round Maple Dell Activities Aren’t Just for Scouts

The term “Scout camp” may make you assume that Maple Dell is just for boys–but it isn’t. In fact, young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and family groups, are all invited to come to Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon for year-round activities.  High COPE Course and Zipline Bring your Scout […]

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 he 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 […]

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 Dale Munk
Mar 12, 2017

Little Philmont – Scout Training for Stake and Ward Leadership

The Utah National Parks Council under the direction of priesthood leadership will conduct Little Philmont conferences for stake and ward leadership in 2017. The first Little Philmont is March 24-25 at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp. The conferences will begin Friday evening at 6 pm and end Saturday afternoon. Each conference will focus on the […]

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. […]