Category Archives: Scouting “How-To’s”

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By Ken Cluff
Dec 18, 2014

Annual program planning for Varsity Scout Teams

Let’s talk about one of the key elements of all successful Varsity teams and an indicator of a potentially successful year. Of course, that would be the team’s annual program plan and planning conference that typically takes place in November or December for the coming year. New research conducted by Eli Lily in Indianapolis, Indiana, […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Dec 17, 2014

Troop Annual Program Planning

Let’s talk about one of the key elements of all successful troops and an indicator of a potentially successful year. Of course that would be the troop’s annual program plan and planning conference. Research conducted by Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana, showed that a common element of strong troops is they all have a good […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Nov 29, 2014

Play Safe in the Snow—Winter Sports Safety

AS WINTER RETURNS, Scouters’ thoughts turn to sports such as skiing, tobogganing, and sledding, which means it’s also time to review the basics of winter safety. Item 3 of the Winter Sports Safety Section in the Guide to Safe Scouting reads: “Appropriate personal protective equipment is required for all activities. This includes the recommended use of helmets for all participants […]

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By Darryl Alder
Nov 15, 2014

Using the New “Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews”

We have been waiting for many months now, but it’s here: Volume 1 of Program Features for troops, Teams and Crews—a Guide to Program Planning. This compilation  has sixteen program features divided into six program groups, including these subjects: Outdoor Programs –  Camping –  Climbing and Rappelling –  Geocaching –  Hiking –  Outdoor Ethics – […]

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By Ken Cluff
Nov 06, 2014

Winter Tent Camping (Part 1)

Varsity Scout Snowshoers and/or Cross-Country skiers can see and experience amazing things when we take day-long treks through the snowy woods, but when we extend our snowshoeing or skiing trip overnight we will experience an entirely new winter outdoors. But who would want to carry all that gear through the snow, only to spend the night in a tiny tent? […]

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By Gina Bègin
Oct 10, 2014

Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Best Campsite

This is Part IV in a series of getting comfortable with camping. For Part III, see Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Dressing Warm. The properly selected site can do miracles to alleviate your cold camping blues. When sleeping outdoors, there are all kinds of elements to contend with: wind, cold sinks, water, rough surfaces, slopes, […]

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By Scott Major
Sep 27, 2014

Ten Most Common Mistakes in Renewing Your Unit Charter

In our council, annually, nearly ten percent of unit charters lapse. Allowing your charter to lapse can have a negative impact on the youth in your unit, especially for those advancing. Worse,  it can put the youth in danger by missing the important step of background checks for adults our National office performs on all leader applications. One of our district […]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Sep 25, 2014

Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity coach or Team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at www.LDS.org… You will find many exciting activity suggestions that advisers and youth leaders can choose from, to build an exciting program centered […]

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By Gina Bègin
Sep 12, 2014

Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Tents

This is Part I in a series of getting comfortable with camping. For more, see Part II: Choosing a Sleeping Bag & Pad. Your friends are planning an incredible multi-day trip at a nearby national park and everyone is buzzing with excitement about ditching the “four walls” and getting into nature—that is, everyone but you. Does […]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 03, 2014

Planning for Safety and Incident Reporting

An injury that doesn’t happen needs no treatment. An emergency that doesn’t occur requires no response. An illness that doesn’t develop demands no remedy. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management. Risk management is so much a part of outdoor adventures […]

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By Gina Bègin
Aug 29, 2014

How to Pack a Backpack

Gina Bègin from the ReadyProject™ Blog is at it again, getting us all ready for this holiday weekend with tips on how to pack your back. It may not be the Boy Scout way, but it works for her. By the way Boy’s Life has some tips on how to buy the right back pack here. […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Aug 22, 2014

The Dirt Patrol

You may have seen Mike Rowe, from the TV show “Dirty Jobs,” speaking at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. If so, you know that he’s all about working hard and smart, rolling up his shirtsleeves, and getting dirty to get the job done. Here we are a year and a half after he challenged every Scout […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 24, 2014

Scout Pioneering – Good, Ol’Fashioned, Outdoor, Scouting Fun for the 21st Century!

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah—168 years ago pioneers were entering the Salt Lake Valley. In commemoration, there are celebrations all over the state. In my town, Provo, it all centers around North Park activities that include wagon rides, mountain men, wood carving, caskets and coffins, wooden tops, tomahawk throwing, trading blanket, native American village, […]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jun 23, 2014

Scout Training Was the Answer

“Scout training changed me; more important, it changed the young men.” While serving as the bishop of my ward, I thought I was too busy to attend Scout training. As a result, after being released as bishop and called as Varsity coach, I wasn’t sure what a Varsity coach was or did. What I did […]

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By Ken Cluff
May 05, 2014

Fly-Fishing

Fly-fishing is probably the world’s oldest recorded method of angling. The fishermen of those early days of fly-fishing began to dress up hooks to look like insects which, they noticed, the local fish were eating. In addition to using these ‘‘insects,’’ the early fishermen found that using a light, limber rod also made catching supper […]