Category Archives: Recognition

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

By Pualani Graham
Aug 25, 2016

Bradlee Wharton Receives Medal of Merit

Earlier this week, four members of the council advancement committee and I had the opportunity to present the Medal of Merit to Bradlee Wharton. Brad, at the age of 12, saved the life of a boy at Burraston Ponds in Mona, Utah. In Bradlee’s own words: “My Scout group and I were at Burraston Pond in Mona, […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 23, 2016

Mechanics of Advancement in Cub Scouting

This article will take a quick look at the mechanics of advancement in Cub Scouting. Think of it as “How-To Advance in Cub Scouting.” Most of the information was taken directly from the BSA’s Guide to Advancement.  I have added a few notes and re-worded a few things. I hope this will help you understand the basics of how a […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 22, 2016

Earning a degree in Commissioner Science

When you attend a Commissioner College you will find that it is set up like a traditional college, with requirements that can lead you to bachelors, masters, and doctorate “degrees” in commissioner science. I am going to share a little insight into the process and an overview of the requirements to earn a degree in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 03, 2016

Keeper of the Flame Hyrum Smith to be next Council President

Beginning in 2017, Hyrum Smith, author, speaker, co-founder of Franklin Covey, and dedicated Scouter, will take over from Stan Lockhart as volunteer president of the Utah National Parks Council. This decision was made official by a vote from the Council Executive Committee last week. Hyrum Smith’s leadership experience and background will help the Council continue […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 22, 2016

Scoutbook: Managing Advancement—And Soon, So Much More!

When BSA announced its acquisition of Scoutbook in April 2015, it stated “Scoutbook expands Scouting’s presence in the digital space and helps the organization connect with its leaders and members when, where, and how they prefer.” In its Bryan on Scouting “Blog for BSA’s Adult Leaders,” Scouting magazine has called Scoutbook a “revolutionary web app […]

By Jonathan Gunson
May 20, 2016

Utah’s first lady honored for work with youth

The Utah National Parks Council honored Utah’s first lady, Jeanette Herbert, with the “Influential Women in Scouting” award for her decades of service to the state’s youth and promotion of Scouting values. Mrs. Herbert is one of 24 exemplary women to receive the the award in 2016, all of whom represent the thousands of women […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 20, 2016

Influential Women in Scouting 2016 Recipients

There are many women in Scouting working to help boys grow up to be honorable and valiant men.  Some of these women, through their devotion and talent, become mentors and guides for those of us who see how very important this work is and want to make a real difference.  Every year the Utah National […]

By Kevin Hunt
Feb 08, 2016

Scout Anniversary Commemoration Program

February is anniversary month for the Boy Scouts of America. It gives you a great chance to reflect with your Scouts on how the program started and has grown for over 100 years. Find a time this month to celebrate Scouting’s birthday with your youth. Kevin Hunt, a new blogger for The Boy Scout, found this […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 14, 2016

Making the Varsity Team

In his book Running Toward Danger (pp. 195-97),  Michael Malone collected hundreds of stories of Scouts who saved the lives of others. In one section entitled: “Making the Varsity Team” he writes: Varsity Scouting was created in 1984 in Salt Lake City, Utah . . . As envisioned, the goal of Varsity Scouting was to keep older teen boys […]

By Aubrey Carpenter
Jan 01, 2016

William T. Hornaday Award

You may think it would be impossible for a teenager to document over 1000 hours of volunteer work as well as earn many extra merit badges on top of school, job, and social life, but one teenage boy did just that, and all before his 17th birthday. Porter Bradford, a 17-year-old Eagle scout from Blanding, Utah, recently finished […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 26, 2015

Get to Know our Outstanding Eagle Scouts—Part 3

This year, the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the virtues of Scouting at the Celebration of Eagles Banquet on October 30, 2015 at Utah Valley University. Men who have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. One will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 25, 2015

Get to Know our Outstanding Eagle Scouts—Part 2

This year, the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the virtues of Scouting at the Celebration of Eagles Banquet on October 30, 2015 at Utah Valley University. Men who have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. One will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 24, 2015

Get to Know Our Outstanding Eagle Scouts—Part 1

This year, the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the virtues of Scouting at the Celebration of Eagles Banquet on October 30, 2015 at Utah Valley University. Men who have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. One will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 23, 2015

Distinguished and Outstanding Eagles Announced

This year, the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the virtues of Scouting at the Celebration of Eagles Banquet on October 30, 2015 at Utah Valley University. Men who have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. One will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 14, 2015

Three Keepers of the Flame to be Honored at Celebration of Eagles

This year the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the virtues of Scouting at the Celebration of Eagles Banquet on October 30, 2015 at Utah Valley University. Men who have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. One will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, […]

By Community Submission
Sep 26, 2015

Influential Woman in Scouting 2015 Recipients

Cindy Anderson                    Springville Cindy has devoted herself in service to Scouting for 23 years.  She has effectively directed and supported her unit’s Scouting program as Chairperson of the Scout Committee.  She has devoted countless hours encouraging and guiding young men in the Cub Scout, Troop and Varsity programs along their path to Eagle.  Cindy requires […]