Category Archives: Training

capturing vision of scouting
By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 10, 2014

Capturing the Vision of Scouting

Our efforts as Young Men advisers and Scout leaders can have eternal consequences. When I was a mission president, one particular zone was having a lot of success. I asked one of the zone leaders, “Elder, what’s going on here?” He said, “President, in high school I ran cross- country with a handful of friends. We trained hard and competed together. For four […]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Dec 06, 2014

Our Stake Encampment

In early 2005 I discussed the possibilities of holding a Wood Badge course that could be designated for the Scout leaders in my LDS stake with Doug Muir. He was serving as the Wood Badge Coordinator for the Utah National Parks Council, and had experience doing this with his home stake as well as a […]

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By Community Submission
Dec 06, 2014

Wood Badge History Timeline

1919: First Wood Badge course held at Gilwell Park in England 1936: Gilwell Camp Chief John Skinner Wilson conducts Experimental Scout and Rover Wood Badge courses at Schiff Scout Reservation, New Jersey 1948: First official BSA Wood Badge courses held, one at Schiff and one at Philmont. Scouting legend William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt serves […]

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By Ken Cluff
Nov 21, 2014

Training For Varsity Scout Leaders

Training courses traditionally offered in a classroom setting are now available through the e-Learning site over the internet. This allows you to take training courses online at your convenience and bookmark your place in a course thereby allowing you to return at a later date and complete the course. For example these two courses give you […]

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By Bryan Wendell
Nov 18, 2014

Why Wood Badge?

Volunteers expect fun and fellowship at a Wood Badge course, but much more awaits. Read on about how this training session helps new-to-Scouting adults lead more successful packs, troops and crews. NO UMBRELLA-TOPPED drinks served poolside. No quality time with your Kindle. No seaweed body wraps, no room service, no hot-stone massages. Is Wood Badge a […]

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By Joanne Reinertson
Nov 14, 2014

The Power and Impact of Training on Young Men

I was called to serve as stake president in November of 2004. I came to this assignment with a long history of church service and I had experienced and learned many things from that service. As I embarked on the ominous task of learning my new responsibilities, I realized that my past service had not prepared me in […]

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By Joel Zabriskie
Sep 17, 2014

Scouting Changes and Saves Lives.

In 1991, I was involved as Course Director in a Wood Badge course at Camp Thunder Ridge. Part of the preparation is to assign those attending to patrols. We took this task very seriously, praying this would make a difference in the lives of these individuals as they spent six days and five nights together. […]

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By Community Submission
Sep 15, 2014

Scout training helps prepare Navy recruit

Eagle Scout Charles David Fletcher was no ordinary Navy recruit, and his officers could tell there was something different about him. Unlike many recruits, he was prepared. Eagle Scout Charles David Fletcher from Orem completed Navy Basic Training on August 9, 2014 at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. He was selected as […]

Outdoor Ethics
By Keith Abraham
Aug 13, 2014

Outdoor Ethics

Keith Abraham the Council and Area Outdoor Ethics Advocate writes:  “After a quick explanation of what Outdoor Ethics is I have listed the actual/potential value that an ongoing emphasis of these ethics brings to the Council properties, Scouts, their families, and everyone else in our Council and the surrounding area. “Additionally I have listed the […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jul 30, 2014

Varsity Vision Leader–Specific Training

BSA National has officially approved the Varsity Vision Leader-Specific training course as fulfilling the requirements for Varsity leader-specific training. Leaders still have to attend Outdoor Skills training and Youth Protection to qualify for the “Trained” patch. There are a growing number of Varsity Vision training courses.  Our goal is for them to be held regularly in every district and at the Stake or […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 02, 2014

Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace Training

“When you leave (the camp), leave nothing but your thanks and a good name.” Lord Baden-Powell Since outdoor life is one of our key methods for teaching youth, no place in Scouting is more important than the outdoors.  According to Keith Abraham, Utah National Parks Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has begun to use […]

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By Clint Lawton
May 29, 2014

Philmont Leadership Challenge

I will always remember the first time I arrived at the Philmont Scout Ranch. I was filled with excitement for the week ahead as I glimpsed the summit of the Tooth of Time off in the distance as snow was just beginning to fall to the ground. What a wonderful week it was! We learned as a group, bonded as a […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 25, 2014

Timberline NYLT 2014—Porter Rockwell District

Introduction I am a Scoutmaster/Course Director for an NYLT “Timberline” course the Utah National Parks Council (UNPC).  I begab being involved with NYLT when my son came as a participant in 2010, and I have staffed courses ever since.  I am excited to do this and bring this wonderful program to the youth scouts in […]