Category Archives: Training

All about training in the BSA and facts to help train new leaders.

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 […]

Youth Protection
By Annaleis Smith
Aug 16, 2016

BSA Parent’s Guide to Youth Protection

Youth Protection – How To Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. That’s the name of the 23-page booklet in the front of every boy’s handbook (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Boy Scout). Each rank has a specific requirement for the boys to complete the exercises listed therein with their parents. There are two versions […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 15, 2016

Commissioner College is…

What is Commissioner College? Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a full day of training specifically for Cub Scout leaders and the University of Scouting is a full day of training with classes specifically for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders.  A College of Commissioner Science or Commissioner College is a full day of […]

Cub Scout Online Training Cover
By Susan Cheever
Jul 28, 2016

Coming Soon! — Online Scouting Registration

There is nothing so validating as being listened to, and for Scout leaders, parents, and employees in the Utah National Parks Council, validation is on its way. Starting August 1, 2016, online registration will become an option for seven of the LDS stakes in the Utah National Parks Council. Soon it will become available for […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jul 25, 2016

Cub Scouts with Special Needs

During the 2016 University of Scouting, I attended a class that focused on Cub Scouting with special needs. The class was taught by Deann Torsak, whose son has high functioning autism (Aspergers). She introduces herself as someone who does not have any formal special needs training through education; she does, however, have experience through co-managing a special […]

Pack Committee on log
By Darryl Alder
Jul 19, 2016

Friends of Scouting (FOS) Chair

The responsibility of the Friends of Scouting (FOS) chair is to help raise operational income for the local council to provide camps, training and activities. Some wards see FOS strictly as a Priesthood assignment, so check with the Pack Key 3 before asking someone to serve. The following functions are the responsibility of the FOS chair in cooperation with the […]

Pack Committee on log
By Darryl Alder
Jul 12, 2016

The Pack Membership and Reregistration Coordinator

The pack membership and re-registration coordinator is essential to the health of the pack. There are boys in your community that need Cub Scouting—your job is to help them join. You can learn your duties on-line or read this: Along with the Cubmaster, pack committee and ward mission leader, develop and carry out a plan for year-round membership […]

Scoutmaster training feature
By Melany Gardner
Jul 11, 2016

LDS Scoutmaster Online Training Now Available

Many of you have been anxiously awaiting an online Scout training solution and we’re happy to announce the time has arrived. Available today, Scoutmasters serving in LDS chartered units in the Utah National Parks Council can now complete some training online through the Voice of Scouting training courses found at The LDS Scoutmaster Training is only […]

Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training
By Darryl Alder
Jul 07, 2016

Varsity Vision Part 6—The Team Meeting

This is part six of the online Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training. Other sessions include: Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis Making an Annual Plan Executing the Annual Plan THE TEAM MEETING The purpose of this session is to Demonstrate […]

Pack Committee on log
By Darryl Alder
Jul 05, 2016

The Pack Outdoor Activity Coordinator

The pack outdoor activity coordinator helps the boys get what they want most out of Scouting—camping, hiking and outdoor adventure. Your job is to help them develop a love for the outdoors. Specifically, you will: Help the Cubmaster plan and arrange for outdoor activities. Arrange for property and fire permits and tour and activity plans when required. […]

Pack Committee on log
By Darryl Alder
Jun 28, 2016

The Pack Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator

The pack public relations and social media coordinator keeps pack activities visible to the public, as well as to the families of the pack. This person should be a social media whiz. Specifically, this person will: Identify and promote pack service projects in the ward, school, and community. Promote family participation in all pack events. Urge pack participation in ward […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jun 27, 2016

What is the Social Media Certification and Why Should I Do It?

Two words: Social Media. As one of the top forms of communication these days, in one way or another you have been exposed to it. Whether you have your own personal profile, or you join in on your friend’s selfie that they posted, or even just watching the news. You cannot avoid the social networking […]

Elder Christopherson with Scouts
By Deseret News
Jun 26, 2016

Elder Christofferson on defending the “freedom to associate”

On his Facebook page, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, posted this June 16th: Yesterday, leaders from the Boy Scouts of America joined together for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex that will be built at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Sister Christofferson and I were invited to attend […]

Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training
By Darryl Alder
Jun 23, 2016

Varsity Vision Part 4—Making an Annual Plan

This is part four of the on-line Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training. Other sessions include:  Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum   Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis MAKING AN ANNUAL PLAN The purpose of this session is to: Demonstrate putting together a Varsity Scout team yearly […]

Pack Committee on log
By Darryl Alder
Jun 21, 2016

The Pack Committee Advancement Coordinator

As the pack advancement coordinator,  your job is to help boys move through the ranks of Cub Scouting and transition into your ward’s Boy Scout troop. In this position you will: Need to have a working knowledge of the Cub Scout advancement plan. Help plan and conduct induction and advancement recognition ceremonies, coordinating as needed with the Webelos […]

Presidency Feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 16, 2016

The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis

This is part three of the on-line Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position Specific Training. If you missed parts one and two click below: Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum  Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program THE CAPTAIN AND THE FIVE FIELDS OF EMPHASIS The purpose of this post is to: Recognize Varsity Scouting’s five fields […]

Flag Day at Alders feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 14, 2016

Is Flag Day a Holiday for You?

Many folks are surprised that I take Flag Day so seriously, but I do.  At my home, for the last 22 years, I have posted historic flags along with our current flag every day from Flag Day to the 24th of July (see photo above to left). Any nation’s flag can be a stirring sight as […]

Pack Committee on log
By Darryl Alder
Jun 14, 2016

The Pack Treasurer

The pack treasurer ensures the pack’s finances are sound. In many LDS packs, the pack secretary keeps financial records, while the ward financial clerk takes the treasurer’s role for the pack. He accepts the budget request through the Primary president and ensures the pack’s bills are paid. If you have a separate treasurer, they should meet regularly with […]