Category Archives: LDS Scouting

All about Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

By Darryl Alder
Mar 23, 2017

Using Varsity Scouting for Missionary Preparation

 A few years ago, in San Diego, President Don Atkinson, a former mission president and then counselor in the SLC Mission presidency delivered an inspiring one hour interactive presentation to Varsity Scout Leaders in the San Diego Imperial Council. He used the Scout Oath as a basis for his message: “On my honor I will do my […]

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 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 excellence,” […]

By Dale Munk
Mar 12, 2017

Little Philmont – Scout Training for Stake and Ward Leadership

The Utah National Parks Council under the direction of priesthood leadership will conduct Little Philmont conferences for stake and ward leadership in 2017. The first Little Philmont is March 24-25 at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp. The conferences will begin Friday evening at 6 pm and end Saturday afternoon. Each conference will focus on the […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Mar 11, 2017

The Minute Cost of Educated Training: University of Scouting

The teacher stood in front of his class, encouraging two men to ascend onto large black platforms and roleplay as Cubs. He then proceeded to weave a legendary story of magical water transforming for true Scouts.   The pretend Cub Scouts each shook a bottle of water behind their shoulders, and it mysteriously turned blue. […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 08, 2017

Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

The answer is yes and no. Of course, Scouting has much to offer to prospective missionaries. That’s obvious; the Church wouldn’t include it in their youth programs if it didn’t. Many of our youth even achieve the high esteemed Eagle Scout rank. However, the real questions are, why are they achieving the Eagle Scout rank? […]

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 Melany Gardner
Mar 05, 2017

Let Them Lead

Do we as Scout leaders truly let the boys lead? In Scouting or on Sunday we may catch ourselves planning, executing and ultimately undermining the leadership development of our youth. It may be hard to let go of some control and let them lead, but understanding that our purpose is in teaching and advising, we can guide our young men to become leaders in every part of their lives. It […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 26, 2017

Connect Them With Heaven

Scouting’s spiritual element is overlooked sometimes. Even when part of your calling has you teaching lessons on Sunday, we don’t often take the everyday opportunities to teach heavenly things. It can be overwhelming to teach young people, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important methods you can […]

By Jarom Shaver
Feb 22, 2017

Do Scout Leaders Really Let the Boy Lead?

We recently received some inspirational emails from some of our Scout leaders. They wrote to us with sincerity and passion about the importance of letting boys lead. Do we as Scout leaders really allow the boy’s to lead? The Young Men General Presidency recently announced three principles of becoming an impact teacher, one of which […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 19, 2017

Be With Them

There’s a lot to learn when working with Young Men in the Church. There’s program stuff like Scouting and Duty to God, Sunday lessons, or just getting to the know the youth in the first place. It can be overwhelming, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important […]

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 Jarom Shaver
Feb 12, 2017

A Lifetime of Scouting – Ken Clegg

If you have been to the Scout Shop in Orem, Utah in the last nine years, you may have had the opportunity to meet Ken Clegg. He probably helped you find a badge you were looking for or cashed you out at the register. All of this you probably noticed he did with a humble […]

By Ali Mohammad
Feb 08, 2017

New Council Uniform Exchange Provides Cheaper Alternatives

Being the oldest of three boys, I was always the first to get a new Scout shirt. But, my brothers got my hand-me-downs since we couldn’t always afford a new uniform. My shirts were always one size too big, and I wore them till they were two sizes too small. It was always like the Goldilocks story with my […]

By Annaleis Smith
Feb 06, 2017

Upcoming Commissioner Training

Even Commissioners need training. Whether you are a District Commissioner, ADC, Unit Commissioner or Roundtable Commissioner, training exists for you.   This training is for stake leaders asked to help in the Scouting program–High Council members over YM and Primary, Stake YM Presidencies, Stake Primary Presidencies and others. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new […]

LDS/BSA Relationship
By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 31, 2017

LDS Church Responds to New Scout Policy on Transgender Youth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded today to BSA’s new policy allowing transgender boys to participate in the program. The church said the following regarding the policy change: “The Church is studying the announcement made yesterday by Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouts has assured its religious chartering organizations that, as in […]

By LDS-BSA Relationships
Jan 29, 2017

Do You Let Youth Use Their Priesthood Keys?

Last week Bill Chapman shared some thoughts on how to help boy leaders exercise their priesthood keys in a post at LDS/BSA entitled “Have You Asked Your Patrol Leader?”. In that post, he talked about his ward’s eleven-year-old Scout patrol joining their troop at a district camporee. “We were excited to have them join us but we were […]