Category Archives: From the Scout Staff

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By Melany Gardner
Oct 09, 2013

Tom Harrington Visits the Utah National Parks Council

Tom Harrington, Boy Scouts of America Western Regional Director, visited the Utah National Parks Council Tuesday with a reminder to the council of whom we ultimately need to serve – our young boys. “As a council we cannot forget why we’re doing this work,” Harrington said. Harrington began Scouting as a Cub Scout when he [...]

Guide to Advancement
By Heidi Sanders
Sep 30, 2013

Chris Hunt, Author of “Guide to Advancement,” Coming to Utah National Parks Council

Are you a Scout mom frustrated by trying to understand what your Scout needs to do to advance and achieve his goals in Scouting? Or a professional wanting to know how to counsel and respond to questions about advancement. Chris Hunt from the National Advancement Team & author of the National Boy Scouts of America, [...]

By Mat Greenfield
Sep 06, 2013

Playing Games with a Purpose

Last week I was teaching the second module of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) to Troop 1186 in Cedar Hills, Utah. We had talked about the importance of communication in leadership, and had played a couple of games to illustrate some of the concepts.  I glanced down at my watch, and I had [...]

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By Community Submission
Jul 12, 2013

Counselor in Training, Bruce H. Rhiddlehoover, Dies in Accident at Tifie Scout Camp

Bruce H. Rhiddlehoover, 1998 ~ 2013 Fourteen year-old Bruce Rhiddlehoover, known affectionately as “Rocky” to family and countless friends, was tragically killed on July 9, 2013 at a Boy Scout camp in Sanpete County while engaged in one of his favorite pursuits: unselfishly providing service to others. Rocky was born to Janice Lee Henry Rhiddlehoover [...]

By Heidi Sanders
Jul 11, 2013

Camp Tifie: Council Statement

The staff, Scouts, leaders and volunteers of the Boy Scouts of America – Utah National Parks Council are at this time deeply saddened by the loss of a 14-year-old boy participating as a volunteer in the Counselor in Training (CIT) program at Tifie Scout Camp Tuesday evening due to a tragic accident. The young man, whose [...]

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By Liz Merrell
Jul 05, 2013

Scout Telescope and Weather Station

On a dark night, the naked eye can see between 1,000 and 1,500 stars. This mysterious, endless vision of stars, constellations, planets and matter inspires intellectual curiosity. The Boy Scout STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program helps Scouts explore the night skies while developing skills to adapt to a changing educational environment and competitive job [...]

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By Heidi Sanders
Jul 02, 2013

Being a Spark in a Boy’s Life

I had the opportunity recently to visit with a Scout professional from Ohio who is considering moving to Utah and joining the Utah National Parks Council. He is not a member of the LDS Church and wanted to know how he would be treated and if that would be an issue. I informed him that [...]

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By Liz Merrell
Jun 13, 2013

Shooting sport merit badges helps reduce firearm injury: Guns and boys do mix

The National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation is promoting responsible firearm use with a recent award of $14,056.58 to the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America for the purchase of shooting sports equipment at Camp Maple Dell in Payson, Utah.  These funds will be used to purchase trap throwers, archery equipment, firearms, safety glasses, [...]

1966 Ford Mustang being restored by Robarge Collission
By Heidi Sanders
May 29, 2013

1966 Ford Mustang Coupe and UNPC Gala

Imagine driving a newly restored 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe! Every ticket purchased to the Boy Scout Gala on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Riverside Country Club will be entered into a door prize drawing for a classic 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe.  Proceeds will benefit your local BSA Council, the Utah National Parks Council. The Utah [...]

By Liz Merrell
May 15, 2013

The Language of Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America offers many positions of responsibility to boys within troops. These positions give boys a chance to learn leadership skills while leading the troop. Similar to political positions, these positions are held for a certain term, such as six months or a year. This gives several different boys the chance throughout [...]

Camp Floyd
By Heidi Sanders
May 07, 2013

Johnston’s Army Adventure Camp

A Unique Hands-On Adventure for Boy Scouts – Travel back in time to 1861 and enter the world of a soldier with Johnston’s Army at Camp Floyd in the Utah Territory. New recruits are processed, mustered into the army and issued uniforms. Leaving modern possessions behind, the call of bugles and officers’ commands will replace [...]