Category Archives: Building Youth

Inspiring stories and news about how Scouting builds youth.

By Community Submission
Nov 12, 2017

How To Best Lead Our Youth (Even After Earning Their Eagle)

What interest would I, a 37 year-old female with no children, have in learning about the best practices regarding our 14-18 year-old young men?  As a female I have concern for the building of young men because one day a young man will be the spouse of my daughter, or the father of my grandchildren. […]

By Annaleis Smith
Nov 07, 2017

Cub Scout Leader 6 Essentials

In Scouting (at all levels) the boys are taught about the “Outdoor Essentials” – those items that they should have with them whenever they go on a hike or when camping.  In the Tiger, Wolf and Bear handbooks they teach the boys the Cub Scout Six Essentials.  Which are:  – A filled water bottle  – Trail […]

By Kelly Frey
Oct 29, 2017

How We Serve Our Young Men Outside of Regular Activities is the Answer

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to write about my experiences at Little Philmont. This past weekend, I was excited to attend the last one of the year. In my last blog, I wrote about Brother Heyn, of the General Young Men Presidency Board, and his three key principles that leaders need to follow in order to “Be There” for […]

By Jim Bethel
Oct 29, 2017

Scouter’s Minute: Wrong Way Riegels

I love college football – Even when my team loses I can still enjoy the game [however I enjoy it more when they win!].  Football is full of great stories with last second, nail biting finishes and hero’s that lead their team to victory.  These stories are inspirational.  Regardless of what team you cheer for […]

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 Lizbeth Caldwell
Oct 11, 2017

One Mom’s Take on Scouting

From its beginning, Scouting has emphasized spirituality and religious values. Scouting’s founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell said: “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God. Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims in the forefront, […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 10, 2017

Cub Scouts Save Lives Too!

You never really know when a Scout of any age might need to “Be Prepared,” but it sure looks like it paid off big time when Catherine Davis, a den leader in Chatham, IL, taught her den first aid—it paid off for a member her den and his family. Hayden and other members of the den had […]

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 Joyce Olesen
Oct 06, 2017

Inspiring Words for Scouts from Elder Robert D. Hales

Elder Robert D. Hales passed away Oct. 1, 2017, leaving us with so many inspiring words. Many of them are for Scouts, while many are applicable to all young men and women. Elder Hales was a brilliant, educated man.  He honored his country by flying fighter jets for the Air Force. He always told his […]

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 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 Annaleis Smith
Sep 26, 2017

LDS Den Leader Training: Part 3 – Why the Church uses Scouting.

Welcome to the LDS Den Leader Training Part 3 – This series of post is designed for Wolf, Bear and Webelos den leaders who have been called to serve in Cub Scout packs chartered to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We hope to give den leaders the basic information they need to conduct a successful […]

By Darryl Alder
Sep 24, 2017

Take the HOV Lane—a Scouter’s Minute

Two weeks ago Elder Gary E. Stevenson addressed members from more than 200 stakes in the Utah South Regional Conference. The centerpiece of his message was that our journey in life is to develop Christlike attributes. He suggested that we work on three of those traits from Preach My Gospel  using the acronym HOV.  On a freeway, HOV stands […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Sep 23, 2017

Rondo Fehlburg Praises Silver Beavers for Living the Scouting Values of Honesty and Integrity

The Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, held its annual Silver Beaver Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, September 23rd in the cultural hall of an Orem stake center. Packed wall to wall, families and recipients poured into the crowded space, eagerly shaking off damp clothes from the foggy rain outside. For the first time […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Sep 22, 2017

First All-Girl Venturing Crew at BSA National Jamboree Shares Their Adventure

In July of this year and for the first time ever, an All-Girl Venturing Crew attended the 2017 National Scouting Jamboree from the Utah National Parks Council. Girls between the ages of 14-20 were invited to join Crew C16 and participate in Scouting’s highest adventure for 10 whole days of everything Scouting has to offer: […]

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 Katelyn Kenedy
Sep 20, 2017

Program Feature: Caving

An Adventure Underground Beneath the earth’s surface lies a magnificent realm darker than a moonless night. Just as climbers are tempted by summits that rise far above familiar ground, cavers are drawn into a subterranean wilderness every bit as exciting and remarkable as any place warmed by the rays of the sun. In this article […]