Category Archives: LDS Scouting

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

By Colin Wylie
May 19, 2017

An Unusual Introduction to Scouting

Each person’s journey through Scouting is different, but this is especially the case for the Liu family from Troop 51 in Provo District. Lyncy Liu resides in Provo, and her son Regan (11) is an active member of his Boy Scout troop. She feels that his experience in Scouting has helped him develop as a better […]

By Madison Austin
May 16, 2017

Girl’s Camp at Boy Scout Camp

Throughout my young teenage years, there was one thing that was a constant in my life. No arguing about it, Girl’s Camp happened every summer. My first year or so, I dreaded camp. I did not look forward to a week without showers in the humid forests of Northern Virginia. As I got older, however, […]

By Colin Wylie
May 14, 2017

Life Lessons from My Scouting Mom

Each year in May, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the significant role of motherhood. We buy cards, flowers and often will make breakfast in bed. In Scouting, we recognize the critical influence that our Scouting Moms have on the development of the individual and the planting of faith in each Scout. Like in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 11, 2017

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT —  On May 11, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced, “the Church will no longer charter Varsity or Venturing units with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada effective January 1, 2018. We express sincere appreciation and gratitude […]

By Darryl Alder
May 07, 2017

Woolen Socks and the Holy Ghost

Looking back it was a pretty miserable campout, but I was determined to do my part in offering our Scouts a bit of privation. After reading Jarom Shaver’s “Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?” in March, I wanted to test his thesis.  Now, ours is troop that camps nearly every month. Matt Johnson, our Scoutmaster, is great […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 26, 2017

Why Advancement is a Means, Not an End

Boys in Scouting may advance through the program, but that should not be our ultimate goal.  Rather, it should be one of several methods designed to help unit leadership carry out the aims and mission of the Boy Scout of America. If your unit’s only focus is advancement, your Scouts will miss out on all Scouting can […]

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 25, 2017

Pack Planning with Journey To Excellence

How can a pack use the Journey to Excellence Pack Scorecard to help them plan their program year?  Some leaders think it’s just a reporting tool.  Some may be wondering “What IS Journey to Excellence?” And others know it as JTE. If you would like a little bit of history about the Journey to Excellence, […]

By McKenna Hunt
Apr 14, 2017

Introducing: Michael Neider, New Council President

The Executive Board approved Michael Neider as the new Council President on April 13th. We’re thrilled to welcome Michael and his wife Cindy. Both are uniquely experienced and already dedicated and devoted to serving youth.  Born in exotic Pocatello, Idaho, Michael Neider joined the Cub Scouts as a Bobcat and never looked back. After graduating from Brigham […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 09, 2017

Ours is a Broken Culture

In the last six months, Utah National Parks Council LDS-BSA Relationships committee has hosted more than 500 Stake Presidents and Bishops at Little Philmont, a priesthood conference on Scouting. The subjects focused on how to use Scouting resources to help older young men’s programs work better for the church. For many, the conferences liberate their […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 02, 2017

What Scout Executives Learned about Mormons from Visiting Utah

Thousands flocked streets of Temple Square in Sunday best. Some held signs hoping for tickets. Protesters settled on corners yelling through megaphones.  Meanwhile, a group of Scouting executives and professionals from across America gathered near the front of the conference center, many listening to General Conference for the first time ever. For the professional Scouters […]

By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 01, 2017

Don’t be the April Fool This Month or Anytime Ever

The Character of Safety Last month, a member of LDS Church Risk Management Team, shared his thoughts on using character to keep our youth safe. His article is a great way to open our April “Scout Safe” emphasis. He said: It takes some effort to build the character necessary to avoid making unwise decisions, especially given the pressures an […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 28, 2017

Educating Families on Cub Scouts

More often than you would think, boys get thrust into Cub Scouts without their family knowing the basic x’s and o’s of Cub Scouting. Besides dropping their boys off, some parents don’t really understand how it works and what they are supposed to be doing. If the parents are lost and confused, you can only […]

By LDS-BSA Relationships
Mar 24, 2017

Funding Your Scouting Program

Recently, Paul Jackson, Executive Secretary to the Young Men General Presidency shared his thoughts on how to fund your Scouting program. He recalled that as a Scout, though he always enjoyed hiking and camping, there was a cost in effort on his part. “I remember each time mowing lawns and doing other odd jobs to […]

By Community Submission
Mar 23, 2017

How Varsity Scouting Prepares Missionaries

 President Don Atkinson, former mission president and then SLC mission presidency counselor, delivered an inspiring one hour interactive presentation to Varsity Scout Leaders  in the San Diego Imperial Council. Though a few years old, since this month’s pillar is missionary prep, we’d like to reflect back on his words.    He used the Scout Oath […]

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 he 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 […]