Category Archives: Council President’s Message

By Julia Thompson
Oct 25, 2017

Fall Construction Update 2017: Recent Changes at Council Camps

Fall Construction Update:   Camps are over, and winter is coming. That means our rangers and construction crews are hard at work to beat the snow. They are making great progress. These projects are adding new activities and improving infrastructure. Here is what is happening at your favorite council camps: Maple Dell Scout Camp A […]

By McKenna Hunt
Jul 03, 2017

Just Serve with JustServe

Have you heard of the wonderful service website called JustServe? Found at www.justserve.org, this website exists throughout the United States and recently began publishing volunteer service projects in the state of Utah. Through this website, Scouting units and individuals can easily find projects where they can help civic, religious, and other organizations needing volunteer service. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

2020 Vision for Utah National Parks Council

Every five years the Council makes a strategic plan. The Vice President of Administration, Lynn Snow, working with the other Council officers, makes necessary revisions annually. This is the 2017 update: 2020 Vision updated for 2017 Preface Major Council Objectives for  2017 2017 Journey to Excellence Goals Appendix Strategic Issues SWOT Analysis Council Customer Segments […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

Preface 2017 Strategic Plan Update

The Council has opened a new chapter of service to chartered partners. For too long, we behaved like many other councils in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), taking their chartered partner relationships for granted. The fact is, in our council, we enjoy unusual donor support and our partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

2020 Strategic Issues (updated for 2017)

Top Ten Concerns for 2020 Vision Better service to our key sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their leadership expects trained leaders, understanding of Scouting’s value proposition, and better communication  Adapt Scouting for LDS purposes, including: Church leaders will, as always, select their own Scout leaders based on church standards. BSA employees and volunteers are […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

2017 Internal/External Analysis

Utah National Parks SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS Scouting programs helps leaders “Be With Them“—our outdoor programs concentrate the quality of that time. A Scout’s duty to God “Connects Them With Heaven.” We help youth become spiritually prepared by developing testimonies of Christ and the gospel by their duty to God. Scouting prepares boys to lead; the patrol method “Lets Them Lead” […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Council Customer Segments

LDS Leadership:  Area Seventies, Stake Presidents and Bishops are proven leaders that have a history of contributing their time, talents, and resources to promoting the mission of Scouting.  They provide Council leadership and are capable of representing the Council in their LDS Coordinating Council.   They need clear and concise communication and parallel and consistent support […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Messages for use with LDS Leaders

Two studies, by RED Research, over two years has yielded these “Six Pillars of Being Prepared” for Communication with LDS Leaders 1-   Testimony Be prepared by developing a testimony of Christ and of the gospel while doing our duty to God and our country.  In the survey one stake leader described it this way:  […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

Theme: “Becoming Men Like These”

“Becoming men like these” is the theme for our 2020 vision. It and the “Six Pillars of Scouting” have been developed through extensive research from RED. In this undertaking, researchers have interviewed hundreds of LDS Stake and Ward leaders and recorded their responses. The findings were sometimes hard to take, but in the end this message […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Council Committees Roles

Unit Service:  Provide the level of coaching and mentoring required to integrate Journey to Excellence throughout the council. Be prepared to assist with bringing about a robust, activity-based Roundtable experience in all districts. Finance:  Build a proven financial process that results in the needed operating and capital funds. Membership:  Teach district volunteers to present Scouting’s […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Core Values of Council Committees

The promise of Scouting is to instill in all youth the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, to prepare them for life’s challenges, and to develop the leadership potential each one possesses. To this end, our vision is one of delivering the program of Scouting through our districts to units, meeting the […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

2017 Journey to Excellence Goals

Each year of the five year plan, officers of the Council determine five new areas of focus annually for the Journey to Excellence.  For 2017 these include: Fundraising (JTE 2): Increase council-generated net contributions in the Operating Fund over prior years. Going for Gold with 10% growth over prior three year average. Membership/youth growth (JTE 5): […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 24, 2016

A Bishop’s Landing Page

The LDS Scouting Handbook 4.1 states: The bishop provides general direction for Scouting in the ward and ensures that it is properly organized and functioning as outlined in this publication and in Handbook 2, 8.13.4 and 11.5.3. He is registered with the BSA and serves as the executive officer for Scouting units chartered by the ward. […]

By Stan Lockhart
Apr 18, 2016

We’re Lacking Trained Leaders

After the latest round of rechartering, our Council has about 15% of our volunteer leaders who have been trained and have recorded that training. What about the other 85%? Sometimes our leaders think they are trained by virtue of having been a Scout. Maybe they became Eagle Scouts. Maybe not. They participated in Scouting as […]

LDS/BSA Relationship
By Stan Lockhart
Mar 14, 2016

Our Council and the LDS Church

Much has been said about the BSA/LDS Church relationship over the past year. The policy and communication challenges have really been between National BSA and the Church (issues that are being addressed). At the council level, we simply serve BSA volunteers and boys. Part of the official LDS Church statement dated August 26, 2015 explains, […]