Category Archives: Merit Badges

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 26, 2014

The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting

The Scouting program has three specific objectives, know as the “Aims of Scouting.” They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods are designed to accomplish the aims. Thus it is important you know and use the methods of Boys Scouting. Other methods may be good, but they will bring results quite different than we are [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Aug 21, 2014

Ends and Endings—There Is a Difference

From the Guide to Advancement Twenty years from now it is quite likely that one of those 11 year old Tenderfoot Scouts in your troop will still be playing an important part in your life. He may be your minister, doctor, lawyer, police officer, plumber, or letter carrier. He may even be your grandson’s Cubmaster or [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 24, 2014

Scout Pioneering – Good, Ol’Fashioned, Outdoor, Scouting Fun for the 21st Century!

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah—168 years ago pioneers were entering the Salt Lake Valley. In commemoration, there are celebrations all over the state. In my town, Provo, it all centers around North Park activities that include wagon rides, mountain men, wood carving, caskets and coffins, wooden tops, tomahawk throwing, trading blanket, native American village, [...]

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By Daily Herald
Jul 13, 2014

Eric Hauer named Eagle of the Week

This article reprinted from the Daily Herald, July 13, 2014: Ethan Hauer has been chosen as the Eagle Scout of the Week. Ethan was chosen from a pool of Scouts throughout Utah County. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout on July 1, 2014. Ethan shared the following responses with the Daily Herald. Name:  Ethan Hauer [...]

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By Clint Lawton
May 26, 2014

It’s Not About Rock Climbing…

Imagine yourself overlooking a vast expanse of the Arizona desert, standing on the top of a sheer cliff, 200 feet above a rocky gorge below. You peer over the edge and your heart skips a beat. Beside you are some of your closest friends, encouraging you to step to the edge of this rocky cliff [...]

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By Ken Cluff
May 05, 2014

Fly-Fishing

Fly-fishing is probably the world’s oldest recorded method of angling. The fishermen of those early days of fly-fishing began to dress up hooks to look like insects which, they noticed, the local fish were eating. In addition to using these ‘‘insects,’’ the early fishermen found that using a light, limber rod also made catching supper [...]

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By Darryl Alder
May 02, 2014

Digital Storytelling Workshop

Imagine Imagine an army of Scouting volunteers armed with cameras, iPhones, tablets, and audio recorders, seeking and sharing the exciting stories of the Scouting Experience with families not yet part of this great movement in an effort to recruit more boys into Scouting! That’s the intent of the upcoming Digital Storytelling Workshop on May 8–10, [...]

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By Andrew Olsen
Apr 29, 2014

Earn Your Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge

Earn Your Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge while learning to sail at Jordanelle State Park with the Park City Sailing Association. This is one of those sports where adults say “I wish I had learned this as a kid!” Learning to sail builds a life skill unlike any other. It provides the freedom, confidence and independence to [...]

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By Salt Lake Tribune
Apr 17, 2014

Amazing Fishing at Frandsen Scout Ranch on Scofield Reservoir

Frandsen Scout Ranch at Scofield Reservoir, known for it frontier theme and aquatics adventures, can boast about its excellent fishing too. According to Brent Prettyman: “No Utah fishery has turned out more record fish in the past five years. Scofield has become the tiger trout (hybrid between a brook and a brown trout) capital of the West — with [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Apr 14, 2014

Fishing—A Program Feature From April’s Varsity Vision

We can fish in a serious way or simply lie back and let the bait do the work for us. We can make fishing an art, especially with fly-fishing, or a science, by inventing new types of lures or ways to attract the ‘‘big ones.’’ The ultimate Varsity Scouting adventure is designed to give your [...]

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By Camp Floyd State Park
Feb 11, 2014

Camp Floyd’s Cub Scout Adventure: Febuary, April & May

Cub Scout Camp Floyd Adventure program is designed for Cub Scouts and offers an authentic and unique hands-on adventure! Cub Scouts travel back in time to 1861 and enter the world of a soldier with Johnston’s Army at Camp Floyd in the Utah Territory.  Participants are taught to march and drill, play period games, tour [...]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 10, 2014

NRA Foundation Awards Grant to Utah Scouts

Utah National Parks Council Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Utah National Parks Council receives 2 NRA grants Orem, UT. February 10, 2014 -  Teaching respect for firearms helps Boy Scouts develop good character. John Kendall, NRA Field Representative- Utah, is pleased to announce a grant of $23,035.17 to the Utah National Parks Council of the [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Feb 06, 2014

What Journey to Excellence Brings to Your Unit

Every January many of us make resolutions, so let’s make one to get your Pack, Troop, Team or Crew on “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence.” This program is BSA’s performance recognition platform designed to encourage and reward success and measure quality. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a world class program at all levels [...]

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By David Johnson
Jan 31, 2014

New Activities at Maple Dell Scout Camp

Excitement, fun and high adventure is just down the road! Come to Maple Dell Scout Camp this summer and discover the incredibly fun new activities and new merit badges added this year!  In the past we’ve added something new to our program each year, but we’ve really outdone ourselves this time! Already announced is the [...]

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By Bryan Wendell
Jan 27, 2014

Better Activities, Simplified Advancement Coming to Cub Scouting in 2015

Improved activities, easier-to-understand advancement and some sweet-looking handbooks — yes, Cub Scouting is about to get even better than before. After finding that current achievements are overly passive in nature, activities lack connection to the missions of Scouting and the advancement model is too complicated, the Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer task force created a new and improved Cub Scout program [...]