Category Archives: Scouting Programs

Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing.

By Madison Austin
Jul 10, 2017

Retaining Our Young Men In Scouting

Even since the early years of Scouting, retaining older youth provides a challenge.  There are many reasons why boys decide to quit Scouting. Many want to be with their peers and, for the most part, Boy Scout troops lack a good peer environment for high-school-aged boys. Other boys may get bored with the program around the […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 30, 2017

Finding Exceptional Ways to Meet Advancement Requirements without Exception

“Meet the requirements as they are written with no exception.” This quote is from the Guide to Advancement, topic 10.2.2.0. At first glance, it may sound a bit harsh or restrictive. It could even leave one wondering how a Scout with special needs can meet requirements that seem too tough. Well, through some creativity and […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 27, 2017

Experience the Buck Hollow Adventure

Totin’ Chip, Hiking, Stargazing, First Aid, Knots & Lashings, Leave No Trace, Nature, and Orienteering – some of the most exciting Boy Scout Advancements. And they can all be found in the same place at Buck Hollow Scout Ranch.  Buck Hollow Scout Ranch is home to Adventure Park and the Webelos Wilderness Adventure. While paying […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 02, 2017

Nine-Year-Old Cub Scouts Become Scout Expo 2017 Top Ticket Sellers

Scouts have always been great examples of hard work and dedication. This effort is important in accomplishing the goals of the Boy Scouts. Two young Bear Scouts from the Cedar Breaks District of the Utah National Parks Council exemplified this, demonstrating just how hard Scouts can work. Jaren Green, from pack 1891, and Braxton Anderson, […]

By Colin Wylie
May 19, 2017

An Unusual Introduction to Scouting

Each person’s journey through Scouting is different, but this is especially the case for the Liu family from Troop 51 in Provo District. Lyncy Liu resides in Provo, and her son Regan (11) is an active member of his Boy Scout troop. She feels that his experience in Scouting has helped him develop as a better […]

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 25, 2017

Pack Planning with Journey To Excellence

How can a pack use the Journey to Excellence Pack Scorecard to help them plan their program year?  Some leaders think it’s just a reporting tool.  Some may be wondering “What IS Journey to Excellence?” And others know it as JTE. If you would like a little bit of history about the Journey to Excellence, […]

By John Gailey
Apr 03, 2017

Going to Camp in Style!

When going to camp or a high adventure, you’ve got to go in style, right? And having a shirt that is customized to your troop/team/crew/ward is even better! Why a Common Shirt? One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, including activity shirts. Having the entire group dressed the same builds unity within […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 18, 2017

Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening Sparked Scouting Enthusiasm

The  Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening took place on Saturday March 18th, and we’d like to thank all who came.  We’d especially like to shout out to the Food Truck Underground Roundup who partnered with us to make this grand opening not only engaging but delicious. Spending a Friday evening with friends and family outside in […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 07, 2017

Den Chief – How the Troop and Pack Can Help Each Other

The Troop Helps the Pack While the Pack Helps the Troop Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Patrol Leader. Troop Guide.  Den Chief. Historian. OA Rep. Librarian. Quartermaster. Bugler. Scribe. Instructor. Chaplain Aide. Webmaster. Outdoor Ethics Guide. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  According to page 420-421 of the current Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition), these are all […]

By Annaleis Smith
Feb 06, 2017

Upcoming Commissioner Training

Even Commissioners need training. Whether you are a District Commissioner, ADC, Unit Commissioner or Roundtable Commissioner, training exists for you.   This training is for stake leaders asked to help in the Scouting program–High Council members over YM and Primary, Stake YM Presidencies, Stake Primary Presidencies and others. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new […]

By Arturo Malpica
Jan 14, 2017

Y-Serve Scouting Outreach: Adult Leadership

As part of Y-serve’s Scouting Outreach, starting in January 2017 BYU Scouting is looking to place eager volunteers in Spanish-speaking and other units that have a need for adult leaders. Student volunteers include several with experience in Scouting and have a Spanish-speaking background. Goals of this program are to help Scouting units in the Utah […]

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

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 […]