Category Archives: LDS Scouting

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

By Annaleis Smith
Nov 07, 2017

Cub Scout Leader 6 Essentials

In Scouting (at all levels) the boys are taught about the “Outdoor Essentials” – those items that they should have with them whenever they go on a hike or when camping.  In the Tiger, Wolf and Bear handbooks they teach the boys the Cub Scout Six Essentials.  Which are:  – A filled water bottle  – Trail […]

By Madison Austin
Nov 03, 2017

The New Eric Dowdle Puzzle: Voted Best Christmas Gift to Give this Year

Just in time for Christmas, our own Maple Dell Scout Camp will become the face of the season’s best gift to give: the newest Eric Dowdle puzzle! See the familiar sites of the Utah National Parks Council’s flagship camp come to life with energetic Scouts, famous Scouting figures and more. Pre-order yours today and help […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Nov 02, 2017

Program Feature: Backpacking

  In this article we are featuring the program module for backpacking from the Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 2. (You can also read this article for more information on how to plan using the program resources.) The World at Your Feet “Many people today never stray far from a warm bed, a cozy bathroom, and […]

By Kelly Frey
Oct 29, 2017

How We Serve Our Young Men Outside of Regular Activities is the Answer

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to write about my experiences at Little Philmont. This past weekend, I was excited to attend the last one of the year. In my last blog, I wrote about Brother Heyn, of the General Young Men Presidency Board, and his three key principles that leaders need to follow in order to “Be There” for […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Oct 26, 2017

BYU Head Football Coach Kalani Sitake Speaks About Football and Scouting

On Thursday, October 26th, 2017, BYU Head Football Coach, Kilani Sitake, kicked off the Fourth Annual Celebration of Eagles as the keynote speaker. He began with an introduction of three of his current players, Addison Pulsipher, Austin Hoyt and Cody Savage, who are also Eagle Scouts. Coach Sitake gave Pulsipher and Hoyt time to share how Scouting […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 18, 2017

Avoiding Personal Risk As a Young Men’s Leader in Scouting

Over the months since the Church announced that it would no longer charter Venturing Crews and Varsity Scout Teams, they have released and updated “Implementing the New Teacher and Priest Activities.”  This FAQ poses 17 questions and answers, but the last seven deal with safety and insurance. The intent of this post is to clarify what […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 15, 2017

Wind, Fire and God

Friday night our campout was more than chilly; it was downright cold, but I didn’t say much as we had two new Scouts with us and the campfire was warm.  Our Scoutmaster, Matt Johnson, had asked for help during the week with two-deep leadership. I was more than happy to go camping, but the weather […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 11, 2017

Local Scouting Partners Can Now Choose to Include Girls

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously decided to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. You can read more […]

By Lizbeth Caldwell
Oct 11, 2017

One Mom’s Take on Scouting

From its beginning, Scouting has emphasized spirituality and religious values. Scouting’s founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell said: “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God. Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims in the forefront, […]

By Madison Austin
Oct 08, 2017

History Highlights of LDS Girls in Scouting

The position and involvement of LDS girls in Scouting has always been somewhat vague and often misunderstood. Follow along for some quick history highlights and explanations of how we came to the current position of girls in Scouting.  In the beginning… In 1869, the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association was organized by Brigham Young to encourage […]

By Joyce Olesen
Oct 06, 2017

Inspiring Words for Scouts from Elder Robert D. Hales

Elder Robert D. Hales passed away Oct. 1, 2017, leaving us with so many inspiring words. Many of them are for Scouts, while many are applicable to all young men and women. Elder Hales was a brilliant, educated man.  He honored his country by flying fighter jets for the Air Force. He always told his […]

By Annaleis Smith
Oct 03, 2017

LDS Den Leader Training Part 4 – BSA vs LDS What’s the difference?

Welcome to the LDS Den Leader Training Part 4 – This series of post is designed for Wolf, Bear and Webelos den leaders who have been called to serve in Cub Scout packs chartered to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We hope to give den leaders the basic information they need to conduct a successful […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Oct 01, 2017

Priesthood General Session: Lessons for Priesthood Holders and Scouts

Priesthood, integrity, and responsibility. These were a few of the topics highlighted at the October 2017 General Priesthood Session. Men old and young attended the session at the General Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT and millions more tuned in to the live broadcast. The Priesthood is a Rocket Elder Dale G. Renlund of […]

By Kelly Frey
Sep 30, 2017

The 8:1 Rule: Give Your Youth More Positive Feedback More Often

Over the weekend I attended another Little Philmont event, this time in Vernal, UT. Again, it was amazing to meet together with fellow participants and receive instruction from such admirable speakers. One of the speakers, Elder Dale H. Munk of the Seventy, shared an inspiring story that he calls the “8:1 Rule.” Elder Munk’s told […]

By Annaleis Smith
Sep 26, 2017

LDS Den Leader Training: Part 3 – Why the Church uses Scouting.

Welcome to the LDS Den Leader Training Part 3 – This series of post is designed for Wolf, Bear and Webelos den leaders who have been called to serve in Cub Scout packs chartered to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We hope to give den leaders the basic information they need to conduct a successful […]

By Ali Mohammad
Sep 25, 2017

FREE Shipping on Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards

***FREE shipping on all online orders October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 only!*** Effective immediately, leaders in the Utah National Parks Council who have completed their online internet advancement can order their advancement awards through our online order form and have them shipped directly to their house or pick them up at their local […]

By Darryl Alder
Sep 24, 2017

Take the HOV Lane—a Scouter’s Minute

Two weeks ago Elder Gary E. Stevenson addressed members from more than 200 stakes in the Utah South Regional Conference. The centerpiece of his message was that our journey in life is to develop Christlike attributes. He suggested that we work on three of those traits from Preach My Gospel  using the acronym HOV.  On a freeway, HOV stands […]