Category Archives: Outdoor Ethics

utah wilderness
By Community Submission
Sep 08, 2014

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act—a Call to Service

The Pleasant Grove District of the Forest Service is planning a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It seems like an ideal activity for Boy Scouts so I was hoping to get the word out to the troops that could potentially participate. Here are the details: The date is September 20th. They [...]

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By Gina Bègin
Sep 05, 2014

Rock Climbing Basics: 5 Tips for Every Beginner

NOTE:  Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower. To prevent risk you are expected to read and comply with this document You’ve got the equipment and know where your first forays into the [...]

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By Community Submission
Sep 02, 2014

Utah Wilderness 50—the Celebration Begins

To recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, as well our own wild lands in Utah, the Utah Chapter Sierra Club has partnered with the Natural History Museum of Utah to create “Utah Wilderness 50: A Photographic Celebration of Wild Utah.”  Internationally recognized photographers James Kay, Tom Till, Rosalie Winard, and Stephen Trimble reviewed [...]

Outdoor Ethics
By Keith Abraham
Aug 13, 2014

Outdoor Ethics

Keith Abraham the Council and Area Outdoor Ethics Advocate writes:  “After a quick explanation of what Outdoor Ethics is I have listed the actual/potential value that an ongoing emphasis of these ethics brings to the Council properties, Scouts, their families, and everyone else in our Council and the surrounding area. “Additionally I have listed the [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 25, 2014

Common Courtesy on the Trail

It is important to recognize that others’ idea of recreation may be different than our own in Varsity Scouting, and to show both courtesy and patience. Cyclists should ride in control on shared trails while hikers should be prepared to step to the side of the trail to give cyclists as much room as possible. Horse riders get the right of way in virtually every circumstance, but [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 04, 2014

Conservation and Scouting

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. . . . Moreover, I believe that the natural [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jun 04, 2014

Boat Camping

Let’s include all kinds of water craft, canoes, kayaks, power boats and inflatable rafts. Time spent on the water and at a primitive camp is unforgettable and cherished Varsity Scout time together. The Program Feature book (see canoe camping and Safety a Float) has a vast amount of information and covers this activity quite well. (Also note the float trips at Utahscouts.org) [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 02, 2014

Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace Training

“When you leave (the camp), leave nothing but your thanks and a good name.” Lord Baden-Powell Since outdoor life is one of our key methods for teaching youth, no place in Scouting is more important than the outdoors.  According to Keith Abraham, Utah National Parks Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has begun to use [...]

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By Ken Cluff
May 05, 2014

Fly-Fishing

Fly-fishing is probably the world’s oldest recorded method of angling. The fishermen of those early days of fly-fishing began to dress up hooks to look like insects which, they noticed, the local fish were eating. In addition to using these ‘‘insects,’’ the early fishermen found that using a light, limber rod also made catching supper [...]