Category Archives: Recognition

All about special awards for adults and youth from the BSA.

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 13, 2018

How To Complete This Unique UNPC Commissioner College Patch

Do you have this patch? If you have attended a Commissioner College (live or online) in the Utah National Parks Council since January 2014 you should have received the above patch just for attending. (Usually awarded as part of the closing ceremony)  But it is just the start of your UNPC Commissioner College patch. Here […]

trail to eagle sponsor
By Julia Thompson
Apr 11, 2018

Trail to Eagle Sponsors: Local Companies Help Scouts

The Eagle Scout Award is the highest achievement possible for those in the Scouting program. Only 4% of all Scouts reach this rank. In addition to earning at least 21 merit badges, they must exemplify the Scout Oath and Law and hold positions of leadership. They must also complete a project. While this last piece […]

the keepers of the flame
By Julia Thompson
Mar 26, 2018

The Keepers of the Flame: What it Actually Means

The Keepers of the Flame The Boy Scouts of America has been shaping the lives of youth around the country since 1910. You, our generous supporters, have been making this happen. The Utah National Parks Council is grateful for all of the donors, volunteers, and sponsors who support Scouting avidly in our community. We are especially […]

outstanding eagle
By Julia Thompson
Mar 12, 2018

Distinguished and Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards

Every year the Utah National Parks Council comes together to recognize Scouting in the community at an event called the Celebration of Eagles. This event includes an award ceremony for those receiving the Distinguished and Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Distinguished Eagle Established in 1969, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is awarded to men who have […]

By Katelyn Kenedy
Jan 19, 2018

Eagle Scout, Dexter Ellis, Earns All 138 Merit Badges and Much More

Any of the four percent of Scouts who have earned their Eagle Award know that completing all of the requirements necessary is a task that takes years of commitment and sheer willpower— it’s no wonder Scouts commonly (and proudly) admit that earning their Eagle was the hardest thing they have ever done.  But what happens […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 28, 2017

2017 Commissioner College Degrees Awarded

As 2017 comes to a close let’s take a quick look back at the Commissioner Colleges held in 2017 in the Utah National Parks Council. In 2017 we held 4 Commissioner Colleges – one each in American Fork, Provo, Spanish Fork and St. George.  We also had 4 online courses.  As a result of these […]

book review
By Julia Thompson
Dec 22, 2017

Book Review: Stephen Discovers Treasures of America

Book Review Stephen Discovers Treasures of America, I found it is a fun, well written, and engaging book. It is great for elementary aged kids. Its content is enough to spark the interest in the history of America for anyone who reads it. It provides enough detail about each object and place to be appealing, […]

By Madison Austin
Nov 27, 2017

This Giving Tuesday Support Your Local Scouting Community

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  It is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many are focusing on their holiday and end-of-year giving.  Join us in celebrating Giving […]

Norman Rockwell Scouts in Prayer
By Kevin Hunt
Nov 23, 2017

Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Scouting: A Poem

As I think about Thanksgiving, gratitude, and Scouting, they all seem to go together.  So, I wrote a poem about it all and would like to share it with you. I’m So Grateful I’m in Scouting I’m so grateful I’m in Scouting, growing, serving, so much to give. Scouting brotherhood and outings, Oh, what a […]

James John Merit badges
By Julia Thompson
Nov 08, 2017

Vernal Eagle Scout, James John, Earns All 143 Merit Badges

For many, just participating in Scouting is an amazing and impactful experience. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is the next, somewhat rare, recognition given to those who work hard and dedicate much of their time to Scouting. An even more elite group is those who earn all of the merit badges. This achievement goes […]

By Madison Austin
Nov 03, 2017

The New Eric Dowdle Puzzle: Voted Best Christmas Gift to Give this Year

Just in time for Christmas, our own Maple Dell Scout Camp will become the face of the season’s best gift to give: the newest Eric Dowdle puzzle! See the familiar sites of the Utah National Parks Council’s flagship camp come to life with energetic Scouts, famous Scouting figures and more. Pre-order yours today and help […]

By Katelyn Kenedy
Oct 27, 2017

A Night To Remember: Celebrating Our Eagles

On October 27, 2017 our Distinguished Eagle, Gary Doxey, and all of our attending Outstanding Eagle recipients gathered together at the Provo Marriott Conference Center to be honored by BSA’s Utah National Parks Council. Since receiving their Eagle Scout Award in their youth— some as young as 13, these men have continued to remember, honor […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Mark Butler

Mark Butler Mark is married to the love of his life, Kimberly Sorensen, with whom he recently shared a 25th wedding anniversary. They live in Spring Lake with their four wonderful children. Mark works for Jones Paint and Glass as vice-president of Finance and Marketing. Mark has served his church and community in ward and […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Chip A. Childs

(Russell) Chip A. Childs When Chip left Cedar City to attend college at Brigham Young University and work in Salt Lake City, he never imagined he would return home to southwest Utah. However, in 2001 he was offered the position of vice president-controller at SkyWest Airlines and settled in St. George with his wife and […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Jeff Madsen

Jeff Madsen Jeff loved growing up in the greater St. George area. He attended school at Westminster College in Salt Lake. After graduating with a degree in accounting, he married his wife. He received the Home Builders Care Award for his outstanding leadership and service for his community. He spent many hours coordinating volunteers, developing […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Darren Paul

Darren Paul Darren, the Lehi Police Chief, is a fourth-generation police officer. This father of four has been with the Lehi Police Department since 1994. Darren earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s in emergency services managment from UVU. He proudly earned his Master of Public Administration degree from BYU. He loves […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Matt Paxman

Matt Paxman Matt Paxman was born in Salt Lake City. There, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, co-planning his Eagle project with his wife-to-be, Alissa, as she finished the Young Womanhood Recognition award in the LDS Church. They are going on 15 years of marriage and are parents of three. Matt is a solution […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Eugene Probst

Eugene Probst Born in Midway, Utah, Eugene Probst became the first Eagle Scout there in 1940. He served aboard the USS Oakhill for 28 months in the South Pacific during WWII, engaging in seven major invasions. Gene has dedicated his life to serving his community and his family. He served as city councilman for eight […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 27, 2017

Outstanding Eagle: Lynn Snow

Lynn Snow Lynn Snow has lived most of his life in Roosevelt, Utah. He graduated from USU with a degree in accounting. He founded a CPA firm, a real estate construction and development company, and a real estate brokerage business. Lynn has served in Scouting as a 11-year-old Scout leader, Scoutmaster, Wood Badge course director, […]