Category Archives: Building Youth

Inspiring stories and news about how Scouting builds youth.

By Darryl Alder
May 17, 2017

Wilderness First Aid—What It Is and Why Should You Care?

Last spring Maria Milligan and I found ourselves together training in First Aid; Maria is a certified lifeguard with Red Cross. As a former Army Medic, I maintain my certification through our BSA partnership with ECSI. When Scoutmaster Austin Rose called to schedule a course for himself, I suggested we include the whole troop. Usually it’s no […]

By Madison Austin
May 16, 2017

Girl’s Camp at Boy Scout Camp

Throughout my young teenage years, there was one thing that was a constant in my life. No arguing about it, Girl’s Camp happened every summer. My first year or so, I dreaded camp. I did not look forward to a week without showers in the humid forests of Northern Virginia. As I got older, however, […]

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 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 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 […]

By Michelle Carpenter
May 03, 2017

How Merit Badges Help My Husband Survive Pregnancy (And Prepare for Fatherhood)

Pregnancy is a crazy thing. Your body carries another body. You throw up, feel a little human wriggling around, and become like a giant seal puppy (slow and chubby). While I’ve been going through seven months of prego life, my husband has been too. He may not actually be pregnant, but he likes to think […]

By Tony Woodard
Apr 29, 2017

Characteristics of Good Eagle Service Projects

Eagle Projects are a hobby of mine.  I have been studying them for over 20 years.  I have friends from around the country and around the world that send me stories of Eagle projects that they feel are genuinely outstanding. Several years ago, I started asking myself “What do all of these awesome projects have in […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 26, 2017

Why Advancement is a Means, Not an End

Boys in Scouting may advance through the program, but that should not be our ultimate goal.  Rather, it should be one of several methods designed to help unit leadership carry out the aims and mission of the Boy Scout of America. If your unit’s only focus is advancement, your Scouts will miss out on all Scouting can […]

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 25, 2017

Pack Planning with Journey To Excellence

How can a pack use the Journey to Excellence Pack Scorecard to help them plan their program year?  Some leaders think it’s just a reporting tool.  Some may be wondering “What IS Journey to Excellence?” And others know it as JTE. If you would like a little bit of history about the Journey to Excellence, […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2017

For Earth Day We Connected Them With Heaven

Last Saturday, I was with our stake at Camp Jeremiah Johnson delivering Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to 26 Scouters. Being Earth Day,  I felt pretty self-satisfied that had spent most of the day working the nature trail at this camp in Hobble Creek Canyon. It is natural for me to find God in nature; He did not disappoint. There was a […]

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 […]