Category Archives: Scouting Programs

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

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Council Committees Roles

Unit Service:  Provide the level of coaching and mentoring required to integrate Journey to Excellence throughout the council. Be prepared to assist with bringing about a robust, activity-based Roundtable experience in all districts. Finance:  Build a proven financial process that results in the needed operating and capital funds. Membership:  Teach district volunteers to present Scouting’s […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Core Values of Council Committees

The promise of Scouting is to instill in all youth the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, to prepare them for life’s challenges, and to develop the leadership potential each one possesses. To this end, our vision is one of delivering the program of Scouting through our districts to units, meeting the […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

2017 Journey to Excellence Goals

Each year of the five year plan, officers of the Council determine five new areas of focus annually for the Journey to Excellence.  For 2017 these include: Fundraising (JTE 2): Increase council-generated net contributions in the Operating Fund over prior years. Going for Gold with 10% growth over prior three year average. Membership/youth growth (JTE 5): […]

By Larry Green
Dec 22, 2016

Why Are Games Important In Scouting?

For a 12 year old Scout, there is nothing much worse than going to school all day and then showing up to a troop meeting to have a merit badge class. Far too many Scouters don’t know the secret of Scouting–it’s games. We implement all sorts of lessons, but there is nothing wrong with just […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 20, 2016

Benefits of Cub Scouting

I was looking for something totally unrelated to this topic on the BSA website and came across a page titled “The Benefits of Cub Scouting”. I thought there were some really good points made. Since I hadn’t seen this before (or at least I don’t remember it), I thought maybe some of you would enjoy […]

By Darryl Alder
Dec 19, 2016

#LIGHTtheWorld as a Messenger of Peace

A long standing dream of Scouting’s founder Baden Powell was world peace. The World Scouting Bureau, with BSA, launched Messengers of Peace in 2011. It is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using state-of-the-art social media, the initiative […]

By Annaleis Smith
Dec 13, 2016

New Cub Scout Program Modifications – What you need to know

On November 30, 2016, BSA released a document on scouting.org/programupdates which outline some modifications to the Cub Scout program based on feedback from the first year of program use. (The Cub Scout program received a major overhaul and design changes released in 2015.) This article is designed to “jump-start” your understanding of the top 6 […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 26, 2016

Scouts Set Sail in Salem

Not even the rain could stop these tenacious Scouts. Thanks to our partnership with the Sea Scouts ship sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, boys had a chance to earn their sailing merit badge at Salem Pond in a Merit Badge Adventure. A cold, constant drizzle didn’t discourage them as they eagerly gathered around each station learning the ins […]

By Annaleis Smith
Sep 12, 2016

Commissioner Awards Updated

Commissioners, like all Scout leaders, deserve to be recognized for all they do. The awards and recognition available to commissioners in the BSA were updated May 1, 2016. Odds are, you may not have heard of some of these awards or maybe you are just not aware of the new requirements for earning them.  Whether […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 30, 2016

Knot Motivated?

Are you Knot motivated? I was in a meeting recently when a fellow Cub Scout leader (Naomi) made a comment about being “not motivated”.  Huh?  She pointed to her chest – you know above the left pocket where those square knots patches go.  That’s when I realized she didn’t mean NOT motivated but KNOT motivated. […]

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 Annaleis Smith
Aug 09, 2016

Pack Committee – Why Every LDS Ward Should Have One

Does your pack/ward have a pack committee? When teaching about the pack committee I often ask this question.  In my experience, too many answer no to that question. In my many years of teaching at roundtable, I have often heard “We don’t have a committee,” to which I usually answer “You DO have a committee or […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 02, 2016

Lions coming to Utah Valley!

I previously reported that Tigers had been seen in the Utah National Parks Council—well here come the Lions! Lions and Tigers and Bears—Oh My! Lions and Bobcats and Tigers and Wolves and Bears and Webelos—Oh My!  That’s right; the BSA has a new addition to the lineup of Cub Scout dens. The Lion program was […]

By John Gailey
May 11, 2016

New Merit Badge Adventure Tracks and High Adventure in 2016

Last year we introduced our camp Adventure Tracks—an exciting program for teaching skills, working on merit badges and experiencing challenges in a fun, experiential learning environment instead of in a traditional classroom setting—at Tifie Scout Camp, Scofield Scout Camp and Thunder Ridge Scout Camp and saw exciting results. Experiential learning allows participants to gain firsthand experience with the […]