Category Archives: Newsletter Articles

Thomas S. Monson Award Feature
By LDS-BSA Relationships
Sep 23, 2013

Thomas S. Monson Award

This award can be earned by youth, i.e. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, girls, boys and adults of all ages and is an “on my honor” award. To earn the Thomas S. Monson Award, complete the following two requirements and at least four electives. Once completed go to http:shop.ldsbsa.org/new/ to purchase. The cost is $7.00. Requirements 1. Read [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 18, 2013

A Case for the Outing in Scouting

Data from the U.S. Department of Education and from several recent university studies show that far from being shy and demoralized, today’s girls outshine boys. ?         Girls get better grades. ?         They have higher educational aspirations. ?         They follow a more rigorous academic program and participate more in the prestigious      Advanced Placement (AP) program. ?         [...]

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By Heidi Sanders
Sep 18, 2013

Mother of 24 Receives Silver Beaver Award

Holly Richardson is a former Utah House Representative. She is also a writer, public speaker, midwife and mom. As an outstanding community leader, she is a strong proponent of the Boy Scouts. She is the mother of 24, 20 who are adopted, and several with special needs, many who have benefited from the Scouting with Disabilities program. [...]

Camp Floyd Feature
By Liz Merrell
Aug 22, 2013

Authentic Adventures: Scouts Can Relive American History

History comes alive at Camp Floyd State Park just 22 miles southwest of Lehi Utah. Camp Floyd provides Boy Scouts with an authentic army adventure. Scouts can see how soldiers lived, slept, and ate during the Civil War era while earning their American Heritage merit badge. Scouts experience a two-day authentic army adventure reenactment. Scouts [...]

COR
By Mat Greenfield
Aug 22, 2013

The Important Role of the COR

In the BSA handbook, the COR is characterized as being “the head of the Scouting department… responsible for the success of its Scouting units.” This mandate clearly extends beyond completing paperwork and collecting FOS money. In fact, the COR’s role is so important, that it cannot be abdicated to anyone else, and the absence of a committed COR [...]

Lindon Ward Feature
By Shaun Heaton
Aug 21, 2013

It’s Not What You Drive, It’s What Drives You

Years ago Gatorade had an ad that said: “It’s not where you’re from; it’s where you’re going. It’s not what you drive, it’s what drives you. It’s not what’s on you; it’s what’s in you. It’s not what you think, it’s what you know”. If what drives you is encouraging boys to succeed, and what’s [...]

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By Ken Krogue
Aug 14, 2013

Scouting is Not Simply the Activity Arm of the LDS Priesthood – It is the Priesthood in Action

I am writing this blog on a break as I sit in a training session in Philmont Training Center near Cimarron, New Mexico. I’m here for a week with the Key 3 from the Alpine District. “I shudder when I hear someone say that Scouting is the activity arm of the priesthood,” said Elder Wilson, [...]

Screen Shot Museum
By Heidi Sanders
Jul 22, 2013

Church History Museum Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting in the Church

On Friday, July 19, 2013 the LDS Church History Museum opened the doors to two exhibits celebrating the Church’s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America: American Originals: Norman Rockwell and Scouting and A Good Turn Daily: 100 Years of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood. Families with children, boys in Cub Scout and Boy Scout [...]

LDS Scouts walk towards the Summit Amphitheatre at Jamboree 2013 early in the morning
By Ken Krogue
Jul 22, 2013

Jamboree 2013: Apostle Neal L. Anderson Warns LDS Scouts of Pornography

Elder Neal L. Anderson spoke to the LDS Scouts at Jamboree 2013 on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Bechtel Summit, in West Virginia in what started out as a rain storm strong enough to warrant rain coats and umbrellas. Soon after he began speaking, the skies cleared. Elder Anderson brought the greetings of President Thomas S. [...]

Utah Venturing Crew Earns Their Own Way to Jamboree 2013
By Ken Krogue
Jul 18, 2013

Utah Venturing Crew Earns Their Own Way to Jamboree 2013

How do you get 8 young men, mostly from Alpine, Utah, to spend 9 straight months earning $2500 each to go to the mountains of West Virginia for 10 days? Show them a really cool video about zip lines, whitewater rafting, BMX biking, rappelling, iPhone apps, scuba diving, and skateboarding. Then tell them how much [...]

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By Community Submission
Jul 12, 2013

Counselor in Training, Bruce H. Rhiddlehoover, Dies in Accident at Tifie Scout Camp

Bruce H. Rhiddlehoover, 1998 ~ 2013 Fourteen year-old Bruce Rhiddlehoover, known affectionately as “Rocky” to family and countless friends, was tragically killed on July 9, 2013 at a Boy Scout camp in Sanpete County while engaged in one of his favorite pursuits: unselfishly providing service to others. Rocky was born to Janice Lee Henry Rhiddlehoover [...]

campfire feature
By Heidi Sanders
Jul 02, 2013

Being a Spark in a Boy’s Life

I had the opportunity recently to visit with a Scout professional from Ohio who is considering moving to Utah and joining the Utah National Parks Council. He is not a member of the LDS Church and wanted to know how he would be treated and if that would be an issue. I informed him that [...]

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By A. Cory Maloy
Jul 02, 2013

Utah National Park Council Salary and Benefit Expense Low Compared to Other Non-Profit Organizations

Just like any non-profit organization, the Boy Scouts of America – Utah National Parks Council has a full-time professional staff devoted to servicing and operating the council in a way that fully realizes the mission of the BSA. To be more exact, there are 75 full time staff members receiving salary and benefits and an [...]

CJ Feature
By Heidi Sanders
Jun 27, 2013

CJay Dansie turns his illness into an opportunity to serve and give back

Debra Thomas is a proud grandmother and has every reason to extol the virtues of her grandson CJay. I have never met CJay but after hearing his dad and his grandmother share his story, something that sent tingles through my body, I recognized that he must have an amazing spirit – which is inspiring especially [...]

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By Liz Merrell
Jun 24, 2013

Buzz! Buzz!

Local Boy Scout Leader, Beekeeper, and Businessman Organizes Scout Gala Shaun Heaton started smoking at age four—smoking bees. As an avid Boy Scout, hunter, fisherman, family man, beekeeper, and successful businessman, Heaton is a true renaissance man. Heaton, President of Bonneville Asphalt in Orem, is serving as the 11-year-old Scout Leader for his church unit as [...]