Category Archives: Leadership

team varstiy
By Ken Cluff
Oct 21, 2014

Annual program planning for Varsity Scout Teams

Let’s talk about one of the key elements of all successful varsity teams and an indicator of a potentially successful year. Of course, that would be the team’s annual program plan and planning conference that typically takes place in November or December for the coming year. New research conducted by Eli Lily in Indianapolis, Indiana, [...]

Dewitt Jones
By Steven Sutherland
Oct 20, 2014

Everyday Creativity

October 17, 2014—Tonight I attended a Wood Badge Director’s Conference at Camp Kiesel up near Snow Basin, Utah.  One of my takeaway’s from this conference occurred during a session entitled Bringing our Vision to Life. An extraordinary video presentation Everyday Creativity, by Nat Geo photo journalist Dewitt Jones, was shown. (This video (20:41 mins) can [...]

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By Jim Bethel
Oct 19, 2014

Nephi was an Eagle Scout

While reading the Book of Mormon a few years ago, I was once again impressed with the young man we know as Nephi. All Latter Day Saints are familiar with his heroics. That got me to thinking that the Church should create some kind of award for young men that emulate Nephi, something in addition [...]

Alumni Patch
By Boy Scouts of America
Oct 06, 2014

Scouting Alumni Association

The Scouting Alumni Association welcomes everyone positively and personally impacted by the Boy Scouts of America—former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, volunteers past and present, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day—to join today.By joining the Scouting Alumni Association, you’ll stay up to speed on [...]

Little Philmont Patch
By Community Submission
Sep 29, 2014

My experience at the Philmont Training last summer was life changing

Looking for sample outlines, we came across this letter from President Dan Duncan who after attending the Philmont LDS Priesthood Scouting Conference last year, was planning a follow-up known as Little Philmont (be sure to click on the link above to read more about their event). Last summer I received an invitation from the First [...]

Varsity Scout Logo
By LDS-BSA Relationships
Sep 25, 2014

Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity coach or Team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at www.LDS.org… You will find many exciting activity suggestions that advisers and youth leaders can choose from, to build an exciting program centered [...]

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By Terry Richardson
Sep 23, 2014

On Really Being a Commissioner

This week, Terry Richardson, one of our District Directors received this interesting letter from a long time commissioner, Kirsten Johnson, who had just received her Silver Beaver: I HAVE to share with you all what happened tonight. Heavenly Father is soooooooooo cool!!!!! So, I’ve met with the Primary President and her counselor over cubs for [one [...]

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 [...]

A waterpocket deep inside the Black Hole of White Canyon. White Canyon, Utah.
By Ken Cluff
Sep 18, 2014

The “Black Hole” in White Canyon

Our older Varsity Scouts consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. We need to plan and safely carry out high-adventure treks. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high on Scouting and in the Church. High adventure challenges and inspires our young men, and broadens their leadership skills. This is why [...]

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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 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 [...]

Scout and 100 Years
By Darryl Alder
Sep 07, 2014

Thoughts on the LDS Church and Scouting Partnership

Recently a reader commented on the article “Why Scouting Matters to LDS Church Leaders”. Of the RED Research he wrote: “This description is a perfect description of an Aaronic-priesthood based program, not a Scouting program. I don’t believe that Scouting is contrary to the ways of the Church. Nor do I believe that there is [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 26, 2014

Los Objetivos y Métodos de Boy Scouting

MÉTODOS Los métodos están diseñados para lograr los objetivos. Por eso es importante que conozca y utilice los métodos del programa Boy Scouting. Otros métodos son buenos, pero pueden dar diferentes resultados, resultados muy distintos a los que buscamos. ACTIVIDADES AL AIRE LIBRE El programa Boy Scouting está diseñado para desarrollarse al aire libre. Es ahí donde los Scouts comparten [...]