Category Archives: Duty to God

All about a Scouts duty to God.

By Annaleis Smith
Jul 17, 2018

The Future of Scouting in Utah

I’ve heard it said that “The future is what you make of it.”  Well, that is certainly true about the future of Scouting in Utah.  It will be what the Scouts, the parents, and the Scout leaders decide they want it to be.  It will be what we make happen. It can be almost anything […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 08, 2018

Introducing the 2018 Religious Award: Title of Liberty

“The Scout in his promise undertakes to do his duty to his king and country only in the second place. His first duty is to God. There is a higher mission before us, namely the promotion of the kingdom of God. That is the rule of peace and goodwill on earth.” – Lord Baden-Powell A […]

By Madison Austin
May 18, 2018

Top 4 Comments on LDS – BSA Announcement

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this past week that, starting on Jan. 1, 2020, it will shift the focus of its youth programs toward serving an increasingly global membership. There was a mixed response as many Scouters began wondering what this news means for the BSA and reflected on their time in the […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 09, 2018

Utah National Parks Council Committed to Serving LDS Youth and Future Community Partners

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Yesterday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America announced that beginning in 2020, the Church will no longer charter Scouting units because they will be launching a new program that meets the needs of their increasingly global membership. […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Mar 28, 2018

Making Leadership Positions More Meaningful in LDS Scouting

It’s Sunday afternoon and you’re feeling refreshed after a wonderful Sacrament meeting. One of the brothers in the ward just gave a powerful talk about the importance of helping the young men in the ward be successful. This causes you to ponder on your role as the Scoutmaster. You begin thinking about all of the […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Mar 11, 2018

500-Mile Bike Ride Forever Changes Scouts Spiritually and Physically

Picture this, it’s the year 1992, you’re 14-years-old, and you are a Scout/member of the Teacher’s Quorum. Now imagine that you and your Troop/Quorum just decided that you are going to participate in a seven-day bike ride spanning 500 miles. On that 500-mile bike ride, imagine that you will have to brave ferocious headwinds along […]

By Katelyn Kenedy
Feb 04, 2018

How Can LDS Scouts Celebrate Scout Sunday?

Do you remember when, not too long ago, LDS Scouts would wear their uniforms to church and proudly pass out the sacrament on Scout Sunday? Many Scouts still hold dear the fond memories of being able to proudly represent their troop and the BSA organization in front of their church community on Scout Sunday. They […]

By Dale Munk
Jan 21, 2018

Attend Little Philmont to Discuss Changes in Older Boy Programs and Best Practices

The Utah National Parks Council under the direction of priesthood leadership will conduct Little Philmont conferences for stake and ward leadership in 2018. We have heard from our stake presidents that the Little Philmont messages have been very helpful in improving their older-boy programs. These messages will continue to be important, especially with the changes […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 24, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 24

Jesus taught: “Ye must watch and pray always.” —3 Nephi 18:15     I actually called the chat line to ask about this.  I wondered what we were supposed to be watching for.     Although there might be other opinions, it is felt that we should watch and be aware of others who may be in […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 21, 2017

Thesis Review: If I Were Bishop Again

I recently read a paper (A Doctoral Thesis for Commissioner College) by Todd Cope titled “If I Were Bishop Again – The Pursuit of Successful Scouting in LDS Wards.”  I had noticed it on display at the Commissioner College in September and again in October 2017 and the title intrigued me.  I made a note […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 18, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 18

Jesus said:  “FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES.” Matthew 6:14 Many times it is difficult to forgive someone or a group of people who we feel have dealt with us wrongly.  I think of the bullies you kids have to deal with.  These are not only real kids, but also cyber bullies.  I think of kids who […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 17, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 17

 “YE SHALL MEET OFT.”   How lucky we are to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Doesn’t your life seem to evolve around Church and Church activities?  You’re going to Scouts, Priesthood meetings, and numerous other activities.  These activities are both spiritual and athletic.  Many times entire families participate.  These […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 13, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 13

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them—Matthew 7:12 This is basically the “golden rule” or “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. Let’s try to put this in a positive light, and use only the good things people and friends have […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Dec 11, 2017

Prominent Local Leaders Share How Their Eagle Prepared Them For Missions

How does earning an Eagle Scout prepare you to be a more effective full-time missionary? Just ask this year’s 2017 Celebration of Eagles recipients. These men have made a tremendous difference in their community through their influential examples and service. Watch the video below to learn about how becoming Eagle Scouts prepared them for LDS […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 11, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 11

“I WAS STRANGER AND YE TOOK ME IN.”   I am for once, speechless, or shall I say I have no earthly idea what to write.    Children have been taught “stranger, danger” for years now.  That doesn’t fit really well into this scripture. I have had one clear thought that makes all the difference for LDS […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 10, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 10

“Search the scriptures.”—John 5:39 The scriptures contain the word of God, relayed to us through inspired servants. As we study the scriptures, we grow closer to God and gain a clearer vision of our purpose on earth.   Why? How? Where? When?  As young people these are normal thoughts. Some people read scriptures just to […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 06, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 6

Matthew 7:1 says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”  On the surface, this sounds so easy.  Is it not all about “walking in the other person’s shoes”?  We know not to judge the poor, the downtrodden, the disabled, and literally everyone we pass on the street.  There is however what I call righteous judgment.  […]