Category Archives: For Parents

By Melany Gardner
Oct 27, 2014

Be Prepared to Be Husbands and Fathers – Life Skills

Why is Scouting important in the LDS Church? How does Scouting relate to Church objectives for youth? Is there a spiritual side to Scouting? Is there really any link between the trail to Eagle and a mission? These are questions Rushford Lee, owner of Research Emotion Design (RED) started asking that promoted a  large research project into [...]

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By Clint Lawton
Oct 26, 2014

Leaders of the Next Generation

How does the Scout Oath and Law help to create the leaders of tomorrow?   Scout Oath On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country  and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times;To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Law A [...]

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By Jim Bethel
Oct 19, 2014

Nephi was an Eagle Scout

While reading the Book of Mormon a few years ago, I was once again impressed with the young man we know as Nephi. All Latter Day Saints are familiar with his heroics. That got me to thinking that the Church should create some kind of award for young men that emulate Nephi, something in addition [...]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 16, 2014

Scout Cycling Program Introduced!

Since 1911, hundreds of thousands of Scouts have made the most of their two-wheel adventures by earning the Cycling Merit Badge. Like everything else from Cub Scouting to Venturing in the BSA’s program family, there are age specific adventures waiting for each group, from Cub Scout Bike Rodeos to Venturing Cycling/Mountain Biking (Ranger Award elective) requirements [...]

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By Ann Shumway
Oct 15, 2014

Resourcefulness Games for Kids

Being resourceful means having the ability to approach a problem in different ways. It requires the ability to be creative and to pursue a solution from more than one direction. Resourcefulness is not a built-in ability, but is learned over time through a variety of experiences. To develop this skill in children, expose them to [...]

By Community Submission
Oct 03, 2014

For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success

(This article is part of an on going series from Learning for Life, a character development program that BSA established to help teach Scouting’s values in schools)  Self-control keeps us from eating a whole bag of chips or from running up the credit card. A new study says that self-control makes the difference between getting a [...]

Ready Project
By Darryl Alder
Oct 03, 2014

Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Dressing Warm

This is Part III in a series of getting comfortable with camping. For Part II, see Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing A Sleeping Bag. Layers. No, we’re not talking about the velvety stacks of cake slathered with sugary icing (oh man, we wish we were!). We’re talking about your clothing — namely, the clothing [...]

VS Guide
By Darryl Alder
Oct 02, 2014

Varsity Vision

A Varsity Scout leader-specific training course was held last week for over 80 participants at Maple Dell. The course used the new Varsity Vision leader-specific training syllabus. Of course, the weather was perfect, thanks to the Quartermasters. The course began Friday evening and lasted overnight until about 2:30 Saturday. All of the youth attending (this [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 28, 2014

Duty to God at the Heart of Scouting

Recently one of our readers wrote: “I find it sad that the BSA seems to be removing most references and trying to completely avoid the word God as much as possible.  Sad to see the degradation of societal morals spreading to scouts.  very sad…” Here at The Boy Scout we are not quite sure where our reader got [...]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Sep 25, 2014

Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity coach or Team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at… You will find many exciting activity suggestions that advisers and youth leaders can choose from, to build an exciting program centered [...]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 24, 2014

BYU Football Scout Day – BYU vs. Savannah State Nov. 22nd

Get discounted tickets for the Cougars’ last home game of the season on BYU Football Scout Day – November 22, 2014. Anyone who loves Scouting can get BYU Football vs. Savannah State tickets for $15.00 and $2.50 goes to support Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours today! Follow the [...]

Eagle Scout
By Allison Jarrett
Sep 22, 2014

Scouting—A Christensen Family Legacy

When Varsity Scout Alex Christensen of Team 916 sponsored by Payson Sixteenth LDS Ward, received the Eagle Scout award in November 2013, it was a tremendous accomplishment by a worthy and diligent young man. But Alex’s Eagle Scout accomplishment was symbolic of a remarkable Scouting family legacy that prominently utilizes the valuable aspects of Scouting. [...]

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By Community Submission
Sep 15, 2014

Scout training helps prepare Navy recruit

Eagle Scout Charles David Fletcher was no ordinary Navy recruit, and his officers could tell there was something different about him. Unlike many recruits, he was prepared. Eagle Scout Charles David Fletcher from Orem completed Navy Basic Training on August 9, 2014 at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. He was selected as [...]

By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 13, 2014

Silver Beaver: William Ray McKnight

William Ray McKnight – Orem – UT Bill has served faithfully in Scouting for 19 years. He has been Philmont and Wood Badge trained. He has also served on staff for Wood Badge. He has received many Awards in Scouting, including Scouter’s Key, Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Arrowhead Honor, Second Miler Award and District Award [...]