Category Archives: Building Youth

Inspiring stories and news about how Scouting builds youth.

By Utah National Parks Council
May 16, 2019

Discover the Rich Scouting Heritage of Utah’s Pro Rugby Team and Join them at Upcoming Scout Night Fundraisers

Scouting has existed in Utah for decades. And while Scouts have a long history in our state, the Utah Warriors Professional Rugby Team is on the flip side of that spectrum. When major League Rugby announced its inaugural season in 2018, the Utah Warriors was one of seven teams that founded the league. With the […]

By Maloree Anderson
May 08, 2019

How a Merit Badge Adventure Inspired This Scout

Tyler Phillips was just like any Scout when he traveled to Heber Valley’s Airport, excited for the adventure that lay ahead. What he didn’t know was how his life would take a new direction, filled with new opportunities. Tyler attended one of our Council’s Merit Badge Adventures, specifically the Aviation Merit Badge Adventure. Merit Badge […]

By Madison Austin
May 03, 2019

Utah National Parks Council 2018 Annual Report

In 2018, the Utah National Parks Council demonstrated how Scouting is striving and thriving. As the #1 largest council in the Boy Scouts of America, we excelled in almost every area of performance.  More people than ever are camping at our facilities and enjoying the benefits of outdoor experiences. In serving our chartered partners, we consistently […]

By Madison Austin
Apr 23, 2019

A Superhero for Social Change: One Local Scout’s Journey to Lift the Homeless Through Empathy

This week, many of us are planning on rushing to the movie theaters to see Avengers: Endgame or staying home and catching up on or re-watching any number of superhero movies. And while we sit back and watch these larger-than-life heroes on the screen, one young Cub Scout in Sandy, UT is living as a […]

By Angela Shelley
Apr 18, 2019

No Troop? No Problem. Go to Camp as a SOLO SCOUT!

Why Solo Scout? Do you know a Scout who has a conflict with the troop’s camp dates? Maybe the troop isn’t going to Scout Camp at all this summer. Perhaps the Scout wants to experience a different camp or connect with new Scouts. It could be that your Scout wants a little extra adventure this […]

By Maloree Anderson
Apr 10, 2019

Rafting, Rapids, & Relaxing: What are you doing with your Scouts this summer?

It’s hard to imagine what a river rafting experience is like until you go on one. They create life-long bonds and lasting memories for Scouts and their troops. Take awe in God’s country and be inspired as you float through a deep canyon, a wilderness that is inaccessible without your raft and the river. Prepare […]

mental health and the outdoors
By Madison Austin
Mar 15, 2019

The Key to Better Mental Health could be Found in the Great Outdoors

It’s no longer a secret that many people struggle with their mental health and well-being. Over the past decade, there has been a revolution concerning the way we talk about and treat mental illness. Although there is still much work to be done, things that used to be taboo are slowly growing in awareness. And […]

church use scout camps
By Madison Austin
Mar 12, 2019

Church Groups can use Council Scout Camps for their own Programs, Even Past 2019

Scouting is not going anywhere after 2019, and neither are the many camps in our Council that have become the well-known and beloved sites for church encampments, youth conferences, father and son campouts, girls camps, and more. And just because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving away from the Scouting program […]

scouting ambassador
By Madison Austin
Mar 05, 2019

Become a Scouting Ambassador Today, Bring Scouting to your Community Tomorrow

Are you looking to bring Scouting to more families in your community? Do you know of any youth who want to continue Scouting after 2019? Or maybe you just know of a local business who would make a great chartered partner. If this sounds like you, or you just want to be involved in making the […]

By Angela Shelley
Feb 14, 2019

Wilderness First Aid and Other Outdoor Trainings Coming to You

Wilderness First Aid If you’ve ever experienced waiting for first responders and getting someone the medical care they need, you know how crucial (and slow) that time can be. When modern resources aren’t readily available, those critical moments can stretch to hours, and sometimes days. However, you can have more confidence in these moments and […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 10, 2019

BYU’s Adventure for Youth (AFY) Program Coming to Moab Base Camp this Summer!

This summer, BYU’s Adventure for Youth (AFY) program will be coming to our very own Moab Base Camp! Participate in breathtaking recreational activities and build your testimony all in one place. Register for AFY 2019 Here What is Adventure for Youth? AFY is very similar to a program you may already be familiar with – BYU’s […]

By Madison Austin
Feb 06, 2019

$22,000 Scholarship Opportunities for High School and College Students – Apply for the 2019 Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award

Are you Utah’s Young Humanitarian? Or does someone in your unit, ward, class or family deserve this title? If so, you or someone you know could win a college scholarship! Many scholarships award students for their accomplishments in sports and academics, however, the Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award celebrates outstanding humanitarian service among youth. We […]

By Annaleis Smith
Jan 23, 2019

Why I believe Scouting should be a part of your home-centered learning.

Disclaimer: I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a volunteer for the Utah National Parks Council of the BSA. The following thoughts are based on my personal experience and ideas and in no way express any official position or recommendation of the Utah National Parks Council nor of the Church.  […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 18, 2019

The Summer’s BEST Adventures Start at Camp

Are you ready to own the adventure this summer? Because now is the time! The Utah National Parks Council, BSA offers a wide variety of camping experiences for packs, troops, church youth groups, young women camps and anyone else! Own the Adventure today and register! There are about a dozen camps for you to choose […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Jan 04, 2019

Four Generations of Eagle Scouts

Preston Hyatt – An Eagle Scout, former member of the Young Men General Board, and Chaplain of the 1964 National Jamboree, founded the first Cub Scout pack in Utah County shortly after the LDS church officially adopted the Cub Scouting program. He also contributed to revisiting and rewriting the Explorer Handbook, and was a National […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 31, 2018

My Pack’s plan for 2019

I’d like to share my pack’s plan for 2019. I am the Cubmaster for a Pack 80, chartered to the Spanish Fork 12th ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We, like most of the packs and troops in the Utah National Parks Council, are looking at the beginning of our final year. […]

By Maloree Anderson
Dec 11, 2018

How Scouts can Help “Light the World” Week 2

This Christmas, we are following along with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “Light the World” movement. Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, spent much of His ministry caring for individuals, one by one. This movement encourages everyone to follow His example this Christmas and find ways to share our time, love, and […]