Category Archives: LDS Scouting

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

By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 18, 2017

Let Them Lead: Preparing Your Plan

The only way to meet your goals reach your vision is to have a plan. President Thomas S. Monson explained, “It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don’t fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jun 17, 2017

Look Out Camp Thunder Ridge, Here Come the Warriors

It was the second night of our first week of camp at Camp Thunder Ridge 2017.  And the scene was a campwide flag ceremony. Troop 26 had volunteered to present the ceremony.   I was their assigned camp commissioner but it was at this flag ceremony that they really got my attention. I knew that they […]

By Elder Dale Munk
Jun 14, 2017

To Friends of Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council

Thank you for your kind support of Scouting and the young men it serves. Over 56,000 families contributed to the Church’s 2016 “Friends of Scouting Drive” for the Utah National Parks Council. A year has passed, and families may again respond to the First Presidency’s invitation to participate in the annual Friends of Scouting drive […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 13, 2017

Solving the Camping Dilemma for 11-Year-Old Scouts

Of all the Scouting positions I have done, (I have held every unit leader position), I like the New Scout Patrol the best. However, this patrol in troops around the BSA face all kinds of challenges helping Cub Scouts make the transition from Webelos to Boy Scouting. But, in the LDS Church we face a whole other […]

By Steven Baugh
Jun 13, 2017

Church Announcement Response – Varsity/Venturing

As one who bleeds orange, the announcement from the LDS Church to no longer register young men in Varsity Scouting or Venturing starting January 1, 2018 caused me serious reflection. My first reaction was a sense of loss and disappointment. On further reflection, I began to look at the positive side of this. First, I’ll […]

By Tyler North
Jun 11, 2017

Dejarlos Dirigir: Fijando sus Metas

Fijando metas implica más que simplemente desear o soñar. Como el presidente Thomas S. Monson ha enseñado: “El sólo desearlo no lo hará realidad. El Señor espera nuestro razonamiento; nuestra acción; nuestro trabajo; nuestros testimonios; nuestra devoción” (“Al rescate”, Conferencia General Abril 2001). Prepararse Espiritualmente Las metas significativas y la planificación cuidadosa pueden ayudarnos a […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 11, 2017

Let Them Lead: Setting Your Goals

Goal setting involves more than just wishing or dreaming. As President Thomas S. Monson has taught: “Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion” (“To the Rescue,” Ensign, May 2001, 49). Prepare yourself spiritually Meaningful goals […]

By Natalie Scherck
Jun 08, 2017

Boy Scout Camp for the Whole Ward and Stake?

A Pleasant Grove ward gathers together on a beautiful Thursday morning to pray. They arrived at Tifie Scout Camp on Monday with 59 youth and over a dozen adult leaders. As they stand, the young woman praying asks specifically that they will not be “too hurt or too tired.” They have had many memorable (and apparently […]

By Sidney Rasmussen
Jun 05, 2017

Girls Camp at Boys Camp

As of this summer, I will be attending Girls Camp at Camp Shalom for the 4th year, but I never thought I would already be at girls camp a month before! How has this happened? Well… let me tell you. I happened to find out some family background and got to know my dad’s cousin. He just happened to be one […]

By Tyler North
Jun 04, 2017

Dejarlos Dirigir: Comunicación Eficaz

Para hacer el trabajo que el Señor tiene para usted, usted necesita saber hablar, y aprender a reconocer qué mensajes envía con su lenguaje corporal y la inflexión de la voz. “Nuestro Padre Celestial nos ha dado un don inestimable en nuestra capacidad de comunicarnos unos con otros. Nuestras comunicaciones son el núcleo de nuestras […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 04, 2017

Let Them Lead: Communicating Well

In order to do the work the Lord has for you, you need to know how to speak, and learn to recognize what messages you send with your body language and voice inflection. “Heavenly Father has given us a priceless gift in our capacity to communicate with each other. Our communications are at the core […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 03, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Buck Hollow Scout Ranch

Buck Hollow is a beautifully forested property with streams, local wildlife, and many great opportunities for adventure and fun!  Because of its deer population, it was quickly dubbed Buck Hollow by campers and staff and has served new Scouts for most of those years. But, for the last few has added a Webelos Wilderness Adventure. […]

By Tyler North
May 28, 2017

Dejarlos Dirigir: Reflecciones principales

Tomar tiempo para reflexionar sobre las actividades ayuda a los jóvenes a sentir el espíritu, expresar sus sentimientos y encontrar sentido en las cosas que están experimentando. Elder Neal A. Maxwell enseñó: “Podemos entonces hacerlo. . . Lo que hizo Nefi al estudiar las escrituras, a saber, ‘comparar todas las Escrituras” con nosotros mismos (1 […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 28, 2017

Let Them Lead: Leading Reflections

Taking time to reflect on activities helps youth feel the spirit, express their feelings, and find meaning in the things they are experiencing. Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught: “May we then do . . . what Nephi did when studying the scriptures, namely, to ‘liken all scriptures’ unto ourselves (1 Nephi 19:23). This is something […]

By Steven Baugh
May 28, 2017

Elder Holland: “Don’t read more into this change than there is.”

That was the theme of Elder Holland’s comments at an LDS reception last Thursday at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting.  Elder Holland thanked those in attendance for their continued support of Scouting and in helping shape BSA’s future.  It’s important to continue to encourage others in good pursuits like Scouting, according to Holland.  He asked those in attendance […]

By Mac McIntire
May 22, 2017

Scouting Connects Young Men to Heaven

One of my favorite writers of the LDS BSA Blog is Mac McIntire. He has contributed 80 posts to the blog. In his most recent blog post, he opened by quoting Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, who said, “Scouting is not about awards; it’s about experiences; it’s …experiences that matter.” Then Mac wrote: […]

By Tyler North
May 21, 2017

Dejarlos Dirigir: Hallando su Visión

Con el fin de alcanzar su potencial eterno y hacer el trabajo que el Señor tiene para usted, necesita tener una visión de su destino eterno y como se ve el éxito a los ojos del Señor. Tener esta visión es el primer paso para alcanzar sus metas y heredar la vida eterna. El Presidente […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 21, 2017

Let Them Lead: Finding Your Vision

  In order to reach your eternal potential and do the work the Lord has for you, you need to have a vision of your eternal destiny and what success truly looks like in the eyes of the Lord. Having this vision is the first step to achieving your goals and inheriting eternal life. President […]