Category Archives: Training

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

By Stewart Schow
Apr 27, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 26—Set the Example

Task: Commit yourself to setting the example for your team. “Set the Example,” are words that we hear all the time.  So I ask, why is being an Example important to Scout Leadership and Scout living?  In our Varsity Leaders Guide book we read numerous times “Set the Example …”   It is in the Program […]

By Stewart Schow
Apr 20, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 25, Safety Certification

Task: Commit yourself to find out about certification training and other updated training for Scout leaders at the council. Safety of the youth of scouting is one of the main work of Adult Leaders.  In his statement “BSA’s Commitment to Safety” Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said: “We want you to know that the safety […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 12, 2017

Why Your Teen Should Go To NYLT/Timberline

As a leader and parent, I cannot recommend National Youth Leadership Training enough. As a Scout, I took the youth version of the training called Junior Leader Training (JLT). I later taught it. Then, I  went on to help districts in our Council run dozens of courses, including our first coed course five years ago.  NYLT, […]

By Stewart Schow
Apr 06, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 23: Resources what they are?

TASK: Learn what resources your team has and how to best use them. The Varsity Scout guidebook says this under Knowing and Using Resources. Knowing and using the resources of team members is closely related to understanding their characteristics and needs.  Instead of finding out how the team can help individual members, though, leaders can discover […]

By Jarom Shaver
Apr 05, 2017

Obstacles to Training

One of the longtime struggles the LDS church and the Boy Scouts of America have had is getting leaders trained. Getting Scouting leadership trained in wards has been difficult. By the time that some of them get trained, they often transition to a new calling. Sometimes leaders only find out about training after they are […]

By Stewart Schow
Mar 30, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 22: Stop, Start, Continue

TASK: learn how to use BSA’s simple start, stop and continue method of self evaluation. In an article written for the George Lucas Educational Foundation posted by David Hawley and published November 2015 in Edutopia, he wrote: “Humanity cannot wait for students to graduate—whether or not they are in International Baccalaureate® schools—and get stated on doing things that […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 27, 2017

How to Get Online BSA Registration Set Up for Your Ward

Online registration is finally here and open to everyone! Beginning immediately, the traditional paper registration is being supplanted by an easy-to-use, paperless online registration process – for both youth and adults. To begin using online applications, every unit and ward must get take a few steps to get set up with the new system. If […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 14, 2017

Akela’s Council—an Incredible Experience

I had heard that Akela’s council was life changing, but it is hard to believe until you experience it. I had an incredible time at Akela’s Council 32 in June 2016. I feel like I learned so many things that I can apply to so many different parts of my life!  Anyway, I sat down […]

By Stewart Schow
Mar 09, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 19: Let the Youth Do It

TASK:  Help your Captain share the leadership load so that every team member has a duty. An important feature of Varsity Scouting is that it offers leadership opportunities to virtually every team member. What do you think this means as to the operation of the Team? In the “Welcome to Varsity Scouting” page, (quoted to the […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 05, 2017

Let Them Lead

Do we as Scout leaders truly let the boys lead? In Scouting or on Sunday we may catch ourselves planning, executing and ultimately undermining the leadership development of our youth. It may be hard to let go of some control and let them lead, but understanding that our purpose is in teaching and advising, we can guide our young men to become leaders in every part of their lives. It […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 26, 2017

Connect Them With Heaven

Scouting’s spiritual element is overlooked sometimes. Even when part of your calling has you teaching lessons on Sunday, we don’t often take the everyday opportunities to teach heavenly things. It can be overwhelming to teach young people, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important methods you can […]

By Jarom Shaver
Feb 22, 2017

Do Scout Leaders Really Let the Boy Lead?

We recently received some inspirational emails from some of our Scout leaders. They wrote to us with sincerity and passion about the importance of letting boys lead. Do we as Scout leaders really allow the boy’s to lead? The Young Men General Presidency recently announced three principles of becoming an impact teacher, one of which […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 19, 2017

Be With Them

There’s a lot to learn when working with Young Men in the Church. There’s program stuff like Scouting and Duty to God, Sunday lessons, or just getting to the know the youth in the first place. It can be overwhelming, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important […]