Category Archives: Eagle Scout Trail

All about becoming an Eagle Scout.

By Darryl Alder
May 08, 2017

Utah Lake is for Merit Badges

Five years ago, Lee Hansen wrote a paper for the council suggesting potential campsite around Utah Lake. In the months after he wrote it, he took me on a tour around the lake looking at potential campsites. He shared his research with us in a paper entitled: “Potential Sites for Scout Camps Near Utah Lake.” As […]

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 Ann Shumway
Apr 15, 2017

Sailing Merit Badge Adventures for 2017

Come sail away with us during our Sailing Merit Badge Adventures. Bring your whole troop (get a night of camping toward your Camping Merit Badge), and work on an exciting merit badge at the same time! In partnership with the Sea Scouts sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, we are excited to offer a Sailing […]

By Advancement News
Apr 07, 2017

Any Scout, Any Merit Badge, Any Time

A few merit badges have certain restrictions, but there are no restrictions on when a boy can begin working on a merit badge. Any registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may work on any badge at any time. Furthermore, although recommended, it is not necessary for a Boy Scout to […]

By Ann Shumway
Mar 31, 2017

Cooking Merit Badge Adventures Are Back at Camp JJ

Last year, Camp Jeremiah Johnson hosted a few Cooking Merit Badge Adventures –they were so popular, they are planning another series for 2017! Scouts can now register.  The Cooking Merit Badge is Eagle required, and due to many elements it takes some time to complete. Thanks to the new Merit Badge Adventures, Scouts have a […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 20, 2017

Excellence in Life and All 138 Merit Badges – Neil Mayfield

Cornelius Mayfield, or Neil for short, does not shy away from hard work. In fact, he looks for it, and then he thrives in it. Just before his 17th birthday, Mayfield accomplished what very few Boy Scouts have ever or will ever accomplish. Mayfield finished all 138 merit badges.  “Neil has a natural inclination to achieve […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 07, 2017

Den Chief – How the Troop and Pack Can Help Each Other

The Troop Helps the Pack While the Pack Helps the Troop Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Patrol Leader. Troop Guide.  Den Chief. Historian. OA Rep. Librarian. Quartermaster. Bugler. Scribe. Instructor. Chaplain Aide. Webmaster. Outdoor Ethics Guide. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  According to page 420-421 of the current Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition), these are all […]

By Dae Richey
Feb 18, 2017

Council Rentals Now Available!

Want decorations for your Scouting Ceremony? Need some equipment for weekend campouts? Well, look no further. Rentals are now available at the Utah National Parks Council. Visit the Outdoor Center to view numerous choices available to make a Court of Honor, pack meeting, Blue and Gold Banquet, or even an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony look […]

By Jon Spencer
Feb 04, 2017

Youth Leadership College Coming to University of Scouting

Calling all youth! If you’re looking to become a better leader in your school, family, sports or church, come to the University of Scouting’s new Youth Leadership College February 18th, 7:30 am – 4 pm at the Orem LDS Institute on UVU campus. Register today at utahscouts.org/uos Whether you are the class president or the […]

By Jarom Shaver
Jan 09, 2017

All My Mission Companions Were Eagle Scouts

Last December marked my four-year anniversary of coming home from my mission. Spain was marvelous, as you may imagine. I was blessed with two great mission presidents and 11 outstanding mission companions. I could not have asked for better long-lasting relationships than those I gained while arduously serving the Lord with these faithful priesthood holders. […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Nov 14, 2016

Meet this Year’s Distinguished Eagle: Jesse Hunsaker

Treasured paintings of the Hunsaker children framed the walls. A piano sat in a place of honor, indicating musical talent in the household. Jesse and his wife ushered the film crew and BSA staff into their homes, happy to talk with everyone and help out. All sights and words provided hints about why Jesse Hunsaker […]

By John Gailey
Sep 19, 2016

Earn Merit Badges and Campout at Council Camps Year-Round

I have been a Scout leader for many years. As a Scout leader, there were a number of things that I constantly worried about. You perhaps have worried about them as well. They include: Giving plenty of opportunities for my boys to advance up to the Eagle rank Getting in the monthly campouts (including finding […]

boy scout with eagle scout neckerchief
By Boy Scouts of America
Sep 14, 2016

Record Keeping along the Trail to Eagle Scout

There’s a lot of concern and sometimes confusion as a young man moves to fill out an Eagle Scout Rank Application. We hope this short post offers some guidance. The application itself must be submitted for verification before an Eagle Scout board of review may be convened. Filling out the two-page form should be easy—if […]

By Pualani Graham
Jun 08, 2016

Advancement at Summer Camp—Getting Ready

Scouts are heading into the woods this week at our summer camps and all across the country. There they will sit around the campfire and smell the “smoke at twilight.” A great deal of advancement goes on at these summer camps, and it is important that you know that both the council advancement and camping committees […]

By Kevin Hunt
May 14, 2016

I was a Gnubie and Loving Every Minute!

  In the past few blogs, I welcomed you aboard as a Gnubie. And you’re welcome!  Now I’d like to introduce a new theme – that of “Gnubie and loving it”.   Yes, I was a Gnubie and loving every minute!  That would be me!   As I talked about my old Troop 155, I talked […]