Category Archives: Scouting Programs

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

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 […]

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 […]