Category Archives: Training

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

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 […]

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. Part one was Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum and Aims and Methods Part two was 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 of emphasis. […]

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 […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 13, 2016

What are Districts?

Have you ever asked that question? Recently, I had to answer it for a new Scoutmaster. This is what I told him: A district is an area designated by the council executive board to offer service to units. In our case, nearly every district in the council is a geographic mirror of the LDS coordinating council it is […]

Coach Feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 09, 2016

Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program

The aims of Scouting are found in the mission of the BSA: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law; the vision is to prepare every eligible youth in […]

Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek
By Steven Baugh
Jun 07, 2016

Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek opens in Hurricane

On June 7, 2016, I had the privilege of attending the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek, located just minutes from the I-15 exit heading toward Hurricane, Utah. The beautiful facility features a 4,000 square-foot pavilion and training center, amphitheater, concrete pads for dining, a large grass area for camping and […]

Cub SCout with Folded flag
By Boy Scouts of America
Jun 05, 2016

“Your Flag” for Cub Scouts

Your Flag This essential publication  includes information on proper display of the flag, flag ceremonies, and situations to avoid and has long been Scouter’s go to resource. Within its covers, you can learn the proud history and etiquette of the American flag. “Your Flag” (no. 33188) is always a good place to start and as a BSA publication, it […]

Varisty Coach Position Specific Trainig
By Darryl Alder
Jun 02, 2016

The Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training

As Varsity Scouting launched, I jumped in with both feet. Our ward bishop allowed, asked or was inspired to give me chance to work with the wonder of this older boy; I served as a team coach for three wonderful years. At 15, Varsity Scouts are two-thirds of the way to manhood, but still boys. It […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 01, 2016

LDS Safety Guidelines to be Camp Ready

In our council, we will have 54,000 youth and leaders participating in camps and other outdoor activities this summer. With each adventure there will be some risk. As leaders, we need to pay careful attention to the planning and execution of these activities and ensure each one of the participants returns home safely. Please see the guidelines and […]

By LDS-BSA Relationships
May 28, 2016

Safety Moment – A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May 5th, as part of National Water Safety Month, the LDS Church issued a “Safety Moment” which began by asking “What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?”  Those were the first thoughts of one of the LDS Risk Management specialists until he started looking at the statistics. According to the CDC, “Drowning ranks fifth among […]

Peer Mentoring Feature
By Darryl Alder
May 27, 2016

Venturing Leadership Module: Mentoring

As the new Venturing program rolled out last year, Venturers asked for leadership courses. Three were developed including: Goal_Setting_and Time_Management Mentoring Project Management This series will introduce you to each, this post we move on to mentoring and will evaluate mentoring as it relates to the Venturing program by explaining the benefits of mentoring, describing how to maintain a quality mentoring […]

Scoutbook makes keeping track of Team progress a snap
By Andy Gibbons
May 26, 2016

Mentoring Blog Series: Use Tools, Part II

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #12: This isthe final part of a 12-part blog series that explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust Principle #6: […]

By Darryl Alder
May 25, 2016

Boy Scout #HandbookHacks

In late March with the release of the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (click here to buy the digital version), BSA launched a new social media campaign called #HandbookHacks. Introducing this, ScoutingWire wrote: “The handbook is full of life hacks that Scouts can teach their parents, their friends and everyone else. Our first handbook hack […]

Booklet 2
By Andy Gibbons
May 19, 2016

Mentoring Blog Series: Use Tools, Part I

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #11: This is part eleven of a 12-part blog series that explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust Principle #6: […]

North Field Stake Presidency Feature
By Community Submission
May 15, 2016

Presidents, help your stake—host Wood Badge

The following are excerpts from an interview with the Pleasant Grove North Field Stake Presidency, President McFarland, President Thayer, and President Doman, about the stake-sponsored Wood Badge course they, and other stake members, staffed and hosted. This is part one of a series of articles about this stake presidency’s experience planning and hosting a Wood […]