Category Archives: Scouting “How-To’s”

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 31, 2014

175 Eagle Service Projects

Before applying for the Eagle Scout Award, the application says that “while you are a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community.” But what to do is a very real question? Ken Krogue, President and Founder of InsideSales.com and past Council [...]

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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 bag 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 [...]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
May 04, 2014

Five Suggestions for Growing LDS Units

These ideas were presented during a January 2013 Little Philmont During the last year of celebrating the Church’s 100 years of participation in Scouting, we have been invited to reach out to include additional young men from our wards and neighborhoods in this great program. 1. Focus on reactivating those currently not active Counsel together [...]

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By Darryl Alder
May 02, 2014

Digital Storytelling Workshop

Imagine Imagine an army of Scouting volunteers armed with cameras, iPhones, tablets, and audio recorders, seeking and sharing the exciting stories of the Scouting Experience with families not yet part of this great movement in an effort to recruit more boys into Scouting! That’s the intent of the upcoming Digital Storytelling Workshop on May 8–10, [...]

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By Ali Mohammed
Apr 22, 2014

Get Ready for Camp!

When I was twelve, there was never a time I did not want to go to the mall with my mom. That was because ZCMI carried all the Scout Stuff a young Scout could dream of. Mom was busy with dresses or unmentionables and I was in kid heaven. There were axes and knives, compasses [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 21, 2014

Coyote Gulch—An Adventure to remember

By the way, we didn’t take our cameras on our trip, so these pictures are all borrowed from other adventurers who have gone there too. Let that be a lesson: never leave the camera behind! A few years back, while living in Richfield UT, our Varsity Scouts and Venturers (back then called Explorers), hatched an [...]

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By Boys Life
Apr 20, 2014

How to Catch Trout and Smallmouth Bass

Boys’ Life asked pro angler Tom Redington how he lands prizewinning fish — and how you can, too. Here are his hints for catching various species of fish. “Tactic: Shallow Cranking “Tackle needed: 2-inch or smaller crankbait that runs 4 feet or shallower, in natural minnow or crawfish colors “Where: Clear rocky streams and rivers [...]

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By Salt Lake Tribune
Apr 17, 2014

Amazing Fishing at Frandsen Scout Ranch on Scofield Reservoir

Frandsen Scout Ranch at Scofield Reservoir, known for it frontier theme and aquatics adventures, can boast about its excellent fishing too. According to Brent Prettyman: “No Utah fishery has turned out more record fish in the past five years. Scofield has become the tiger trout (hybrid between a brook and a brown trout) capital of the West — with [...]

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By Boys Life
Apr 16, 2014

Essential Fishing Gear to Get Started

Heading out to try fishing for the first time? Or maybe it has been awhile since you’ve gone. Here’s a basic list of items to get you going. ROD AND REEL: Spincasting reels are the easiest for beginners to cast and can handle fish up to 20 pounds. Longer rods allow for longer casts and play [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Apr 14, 2014

Fishing—A Program Feature From April’s Varsity Vision

We can fish in a serious way or simply lie back and let the bait do the work for us. We can make fishing an art, especially with fly-fishing, or a science, by inventing new types of lures or ways to attract the ‘‘big ones.’’ The ultimate Varsity Scouting adventure is designed to give your [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Apr 12, 2014

Peak Experience

I think the mountaintop ceremony may be the most rewarding portion of your Operation ON TARGET experience. The ceremony may be held around a campfire near the mountain peak on Friday evening. Gathering your team in a secluded spot, follow the team’s outline, have a reverent mountaintop ceremony that includes reading the letter from President Erying, of the first presidency of the [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 07, 2014

Learn Safe Climbing Skills

It must be spring because there isn’t a week that goes by without someone calling the Scout Service Center to find out about climbing safety requirements. Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for safely organizing climbing and rappelling activities; either at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as [...]