Category Archives: Inspiring Stories

Iceberg
By Maria Milligan
Oct 29, 2014

Foundations Change Camps and Scouts for the Better

When I joined the Scofield Scout Camp waterfront staff at Frandsen Scout Ranch two weeks into the 2013 season I fell in love with the camp’s secluded bay. Every day during free time I would stand on the dock with a rescue tube and watch laughing Scouts leap off the Iceberg, swamp each other’s kayaks [...]

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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 [...]

Babv Scout Law
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 [...]

Rock Canyon
By Randell Keys
Oct 24, 2014

Right Place, Right Time

Many of us never worry about falling 30 feet. We usually have the correct equipment when we do any climbing and rappelling as illustrated in Elder Richard G. Scott’s video, ‘A Secure Anchor’  In reading through the ‘Pillars of Scouting,’ pillar 5 states, “Be prepared to be good fathers and husbands by following the examples [...]

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By Melany Gardner
Oct 23, 2014

Boy Scouts award “campership” in honor of fallen officer Cory Wride

Three Boy Scout councils will honor Utah’s fallen officers by sending a boy to summer camp for free in an officer’s name. Sergeant Cory Wride, shot and killed by ambush this year, was the first officer to be awarded a perpetual campership from the Utah National Parks Council, Thursday, Oct 23, 2014. The Cory Wride Memorial [...]

Strength of Service BSA Version
By Larry Coppock
Oct 05, 2014

Raise Up A Child

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Raise up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (KJV).   Evan Hunsberger’s upbringing epitomizes the essence of this Proverbs verse. Evan, a thirteen-year-old Life Scout in 1999, frequently watched his grandfather Eugene read from a pocket-size WWII-era devotional book, Strength [...]

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 21, 2014

Scouting Supports Stakes in Hastening the Work

This month’s theme, Pillar 3 of the Utah National Park Council Strategic Plan, suggests that Scouting be used to assist LDS stakes help their youth “prepare to go on a mission and teach others by using the Scouting program as the activity arm of the Priesthood.” Recently I received this e-mail from a former mission president; it goes along with the month’s [...]

We're Prepared
By Clint Lawton
Sep 20, 2014

I Can Sleep When The Wind Blows

When I was a boy I went camping with my grandfather, Carlon Hinton. He was a retired farmer who loved to tell stories from his farm life in Arizona. My cousins and I huddled close around the campfire, with the wind howling behind us, as we listened to our grandfather tell about hiring a new [...]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Sep 17, 2014

Scouting Changes and Saves Lives.

In 1991, I was involved as Course Director in a Wood Badge course at Camp Thunder Ridge. Part of the preparation is to assign those attending to patrols. We took this task very seriously, praying this would make a difference in the lives of these individuals as they spent six days and five nights together. [...]

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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 [...]

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By Community Submission
Sep 14, 2014

Defeating Statistics

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the people.—1 Chronicles 16:24 In Malawi, a nation in south east Africa, risk of maternal death is 1 in 36, compared that of American women at 1 in 2,100. Only 54 percent of deliveries in Malawi have a skilled medial professional present. Enter Lauren [...]

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By Melany Gardner
Sep 11, 2014

Friends of Scouting: Blake Barney and Clyde Companies

Historical Maple Dell Scout Camp which first opened in the late 1940’s was transformed this summer all thanks to several individuals and companies who took action to renew the camp cherished by generations of Scouts and leaders in Utah Valley. The renovation required a total overhaul of the marshy Maple Dell Lake which had cattails [...]

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By Daily Herald
Sep 10, 2014

Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333

  OREM – Venture Crew adviser Darrin Mellor stood and grinned from his garage while watching about a dozen 18- to 19-year-old boys building kayaks. Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333. They seem to ebb and flow from Mellor’s Orem home working on various stages of preparing their one-man kayaks. One is just piecing together [...]

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By Community Submission
Sep 02, 2014

Utah Wilderness 50—the Celebration Begins

To recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, as well our own wild lands in Utah, the Utah Chapter Sierra Club has partnered with the Natural History Museum of Utah to create “Utah Wilderness 50: A Photographic Celebration of Wild Utah.”  Internationally recognized photographers James Kay, Tom Till, Rosalie Winard, and Stephen Trimble reviewed [...]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Aug 25, 2014

A Missionary’s Testimony of Scouting

Every two years, my wife and I like to sponsor a LDS missionary that we see has a need. I became acquainted with Elder Chancellor Carter through my grand-daughter and we decided to sponsor him. In doing so, we began to receive his weekly e-mails.This real-life testimony of Scouting caught my attention and, with his [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 24, 2014

Duty to God in Action

Part of a speech given by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Boy Scouts of America national annual meeting on 23 May 2013. Now that’s the essence of what we do—giving boys an understanding of the words duty to God. That means we must teach them, translate for [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Aug 21, 2014

Ends and Endings—There Is a Difference

From the Guide to Advancement Twenty years from now it is quite likely that one of those 11 year old Tenderfoot Scouts in your troop will still be playing an important part in your life. He may be your minister, doctor, lawyer, police officer, plumber, or letter carrier. He may even be your grandson’s Cubmaster or [...]