Category Archives: For Parents

By Darryl Alder
Jan 26, 2015

Animal Science Merit Badge

Cattle, horses, sheep, goats, hogs, poultry and other domesticated animals are all important to people for many reasons. They supply us with food and clothing, we use them for recreational purposes and they work with and for us. Our our long-time supporter, Moroni Feed and Norbest, Inc. in Moroni, sponsors the Animal Science Merit Badge for […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 24, 2015

University of Scouting: February 21, 2015

CLASSES ARE FILLING FAST! The Utah National Parks Council Training Team is proud to present the University of Scouting. This supplemental training for adult leaders will offer fun, learning, and fellowship for all who attend. It is the only time during the year where you can find, all in one place, the widest variety of […]

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By Maria Milligan
Jan 23, 2015

Venturing Program Features and Mission Preparation

The more I read through the new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews, the more I like the direction they are heading. I am especially excited about the progression available as youth get older and more experienced and the great hands-on experiences. Today I want to focus on the opportunities for Venture Scouts and […]

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By Maria Milligan
Jan 21, 2015

Using the New Program Features in Your Troop (and Deacons Quorum)

Last week we posted the introduction to the new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews to give you a sense of how these new features work and why the BSA made the changes. This week, we want to show you how you might implement these new features to meet the needs of your Scouts and […]

By Ann Shumway
Jan 18, 2015

How Serving on Camp Staff Prepared Me for My Mission

On Christmas Day there’s nothing a missionary mom looks forward to more than the call from their missionary serving somewhere throughout the world.  I was no exception.  My son Nicholas, who is serving in El Salvador must have been excited to talk to the family as well since his call came in at 7:00 am. […]

By Steven Sutherland
Jan 17, 2015

Adventure Tracks? I’m Confused

We wrote this letter to a mom who had questions about our adventure tracks at camps this summer: January 12, 2015 Hi Natalie, We are implementing a new series of high adventure tracks at Tifie this year. Green, Blue, and Black Diamond (representing greater levels of adventure and challenge). We are planning on having these […]

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By Arturo Malpica
Jan 15, 2015

Los Scouts no solo construyen fogatas, sino algo más

¿Si tuviera la oportunidad de escoger algún programa extracurricular para mis hijos, que respetara sus creencias religiosas, que le permitieran desarrollara su carácter y su forma de ser; que vivieran y respetaran las leyes de nuestra sociedad incluyendo que las actividades sean físicas y mentalmente sanas? “Sin duda pensaría en el escultismo” Cada generación es […]

By Maria Milligan
Jan 13, 2015

Cub Scout Pack Meeting Ideas

Pack meeting helps Cubs come together, have fun, and prepare for Boy Scouting. Do you need some more ideas for exciting and meaningful Pack Meetings? Try these games and activities from our Pow-wow book: Advancement JIGSAW PUZZLE BOARD (Program Helps, Jan. 98) The Board: You will need a large drawing, painting, or photo of a Cub Scout or […]

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By Community Submission
Jan 04, 2015

An Elder Writes Home to His Brother

Dear Josh, Hey man, it’s your bro Zac. Right now you are up at Timberline (National Youth Leadership Training) and probably reading this in your tent or by yourself or something. I’m not exactly sure what you’ve just done, but I think it was the rock dedication. I really loved that experience. It was amazing every […]

By Harold Jepsen
Jan 02, 2015

Gotta Go! 2017 National Jamboree

In 2017, the Utah National Parks Council will send 600 participants on the National Jamboree & Tour experience.  Applications may be submitted at beginning January of 2015. You Gotta Go! National Jamboree & Tour Experience 2013 After an eighteen month journey developing four patrols and leadership corps, it was finally the day we had […]

By Scott Major
Jan 01, 2015

Be Prepared by Developing a Testimony of Christ – Testimony

I believe that one of the primary things we should focus on in Scouting should be our Duty to God. In fact Lord Baden Powell (BP) said “Our objective in the Scouting movement is to give such help as we can in bringing about God’s Kingdom on earth by including among youth the spirit and […]

By Maria Milligan
Jan 01, 2015

Faith and Resolve in the New Year

On this seventh day of Kwanzaa, the focus is faith (Imani): to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. It seems fitting that each New Year should start with a reaffirmation of our faith, both in ourselves and our mentors […]

By Scouting Magazine
Dec 29, 2014

Sustainability Merit Badge—a Greener Path to Eagle

Goal Zero, the leader in portable solar power, is our Council’s exclusive Sustainability Merit Badge sponsor and offers BSA grants nationwide for renewable energy projects. JUST AFTER JON HARMON GRADUATED from high school, the Eagle Scout from Portola Valley, California, started acting a little strange around the house. “He was chasing us around turning the water off […]

By Community Submission
Dec 28, 2014

Nine Year Old Cub Scout Leads Family Back to Church

Early in their marriage, my daughter and son-in-law chose not to attend weekly church services.  After years of no church involvement, their nine year old son (my grandson) was invited to participate with some of his friends in a local Cub Scout pack.  During the weekday Cub Scout activities, his friends would talk about what […]

By Mat Greenfield
Dec 26, 2014

Small Patrols Build Strength and Unity

This first day of Kwanzaa our focus is Umoja (Unity), which strives for and works to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Our good friend at Scouting Liahona explains it this way The founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden-Powell said “The patrol method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout troop, it is […]

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By Darryl Alder
Dec 26, 2014

White and Celebrating Kwanzaa

Our family is quite an ethnic blend (Jewish, Native Amercian, African American and us, the older folks of european decent). As we adopted each child, my wife and I tried to give our children a sampling of their cultures. That’s when we came across Kwanzaa, an after Christmas-between-New Years-Thanksgiving celebration, or so we thought. This African […]