Category Archives: Training

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

All Stars Feature
By Community Submission
Nov 29, 2015

Scout Leadership Encampments Have Blessed Our Stake’s Youth

Submitted By The Lehi Utah East Stake Our experience with using the Boy Scouts of America Adult and Youth Leadership Training programs in a stake-sponsored Aaronic Priesthood Leadership Encampment on a stake-wide basis has been and continues to be a great blessing for the youth and adult leadership in our stake. Our first experience with […]

By Community Submission
Nov 18, 2015

New Youth, Same Great Stake Encampment Experience

In 2006, Joel Zabriskie, then president of the Highland Utah East Stake, helped his stake plan and organize a stake encampment at Bacon Park. This encampment included a Wood Badge course for stake leaders, National Youth Leadership Training (Timberline), a Varsity All Stars course, a Kodiak course for older youth, and camp activities and merit badge […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 13, 2015

Two Tiny Beads

I spent Tuesday evening with a few dozen Scouters debriefing our Wood Badge Courses for 2015, eleven in all; more than 400 Scouters attended courses in our Council this year and there is much to learn about how to do it right. All fifteen course directors for 2016 were there to learn about how things went; […]

By Steven Baugh
Oct 29, 2015

What Scouting Has to Do with STP Oil Treatment

Consider the oil treatment product STP. Written right on the back of my bottle says that it is formulated to “reduce engine wear,” “keep vital engine parts cleaner,” “reduce oil consumption,” and “help engines run well longer.” Well, this sounds like a great cleaner for my engine, but how does this relate to Scouting? Perhaps […]

Merit Badge group
By Melany Gardner
Oct 28, 2015

Coming Soon: Online Merit Badge Courses

For over 100 years the merit badge program has taught life-long knowledge and skills to Scouts, allowing them to explore potential vocations, hobbies and interests. Technology and learning styles have changed dramatically since 1911, but the principles taught through merit badges remains relevant today. To make merit badge courses more engaging for today’s youth, the Utah […]

Schow Feature
By Stewart Schow
Oct 15, 2015

Why I Still Do Scouting

Recently I was asked, “Why you are still involved with Scouting?  Aren’t all of your boys grown?” The answer to the second question was an easy yes. To answer the first I need to go back some years to the time before my sons became Scouts. After earning my Eagle Scout Award as a youth, I didn’t do […]

By Steven Sutherland
Oct 04, 2015

Spiritual Roots of Genuine Scouting: Discipleship and Accountability

This last Saturday was a special day for me… I was presented with my two Wood Badge beads (sort of a diploma), signifying that I had done two significant things: successfully attended a week-long Wood Badge course (which I did in October 2014); and, completion of five post-course projects and/or significant tasks within 18 months […]

Chapel in the Woods
By Darryl Alder
Sep 20, 2015

A Chapel in the Woods—What BP Thought

Last Saturday morning, during the first weekend of our Woodbadge course, I had a singular spiritual experience at Tifie Scout Camp’s outdoor chapel. There among the reddening maples and in the crisp morning air, our Wood Badge staff presented these words from our founder, Baden Powell, in a Scout’s Own Worship Service: FOR an open Troop, or for Troops […]

By Darryl Alder
Sep 18, 2015

How Do You Get Scouters Trained?

In the weekend Wood Badge course I am staffing, we did an exercise that focused us and our discussion on how to get more people to training. Most experienced Scouters know that training makes Scouting easier, but more importantly it makes a quorum operate more like it should. The group came up with many innovative ideas […]

Unit Commissioner Patch
By Annaleis Smith
Sep 08, 2015

What is a Unit Commissioner?

What is a Unit Commissioner?  I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked that over the past 10 years.  The question is most likely to come up at roundtable as I am teaching something and in the process I say something like “and your Unit Commissioner can help you…”.  Inevitably someone will […]

By Adrian
Sep 05, 2015

Adventures in Wilderness First Aid Training

Sandy, Utah’s Troop 411 does a number of high-adventure treks and monthly weekend campouts that put us, literally or figuratively, “in the wilderness.” Being prepared to adequately care for any injuries in such situations is paramount. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) defines “wilderness” as being one hour or more from “definitive care,” meaning a trauma-level hospital. […]

By Andy Gibbons
Sep 03, 2015

A Report on: “Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams”

This course was held at Philmont Training Center (PTC) 12-18 July 2015 After months of preparation, the conference “Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams” launched in the Miranda meeting room. Every faculty member contributed to displays that lined the walls: everything from Rendezvous gear to posters showing the relationship between the Scouting programs and Priesthood quorums. […]

By Darryl Alder
Sep 02, 2015

Thoughts on Wood Badge

Serving on Wood Badge Staff is such an honor and though it’s been a while, I feel all the “romance” of the Gilwell mystic and it’s wood smoke in the air here at Tifie Scout Camp. I have been here just a few days, but our Wood Badge staff meeting last night makes me think it’s […]

feature lds philmont
By Darryl Alder
Aug 28, 2015

Priests Quorums and the Venturing Program

Last year at the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting held at the Philmont Training Center, LDS Church leaders set out to help Stake Presidents learn how to better use the Venturing program. During the week, the General Young Mens Presidency helped leaders understand key principles for planning and implementing Venturing activities and explain how […]