Category Archives: Newsletter Articles

By Heidi Sanders
Oct 03, 2013

Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, Encourages Participation in the Boy Scouts

Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, shares his thoughts on Scouting: I’m Governor Gary Herbert. My time spent in Scouting is time I look back on with fond memories. I enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing with my troop. I enjoyed developing skills for merit badge requirements, and I especially enjoyed the association with other boy Scouts and wonderful [...]

By Dave Pack
Sep 23, 2013

Why I Love 50-Mile Hikes

I love 50-mile (80 km) hikes, not so much because they’re fun but because they teach young men to do hard things. Most young men who start 50-milers think they’re prepared, but it doesn’t take long—just a few miles up that first ridge—before they wonder who talked them into it. That night, unlike on other [...]

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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 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. ?         [...]

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. [...]

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By Heidi Sanders
Aug 23, 2013

Homeschooling Leads Tony Thomas to His 100th Merit Badge

Scout Tony (Anthony) Thomas is well on his way to achieving his goal of earning all 129 merit badges, and he just turned 13. He just received his 100th merit badge at a Court of Honor held Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Tony is a member of Troop 1181, Lindon 13th Ward. So what got Tony [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]