Category Archives: Training

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

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By Clint Lawton
Jan 17, 2017

Team Building: Tying it Up

Left: James Farnsworth and Clint Lawton headed to Timberline We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into as we loaded up our 50-pound backpacks and headed off for a week of leadership training at Timberline (NYLT) in Southern Utah. We showed up to find what seemed to be hundreds of Scouts lined up […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 07, 2017

University of Scouting Welcomes You and Fellow Scouters!

On behalf of the Utah National Parks Council, we would like to invite you to this year’s EPIC University of Scouting event! This year’s event will take place on February 18th from 8 am to 4 pm with Hyrum Smith as the keynote speaker. Our faculty, staff and administration have put together an amazing program this […]

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By David Wilson
Dec 16, 2016

LDS Venturers Need ALPS

Photograph of the Matterhorn in the Alps by Sven Scharr No it’s not those Alps! Today David Wilson posted a good explanation of how ALPS, the acronym, helps LDS crews and leaders. In his post, he explained: ALPS is an open, free-flowing type of structure, that when used by your crew allows for positive experiences in […]

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By Darryl Alder
Dec 08, 2016

How to Help Your Laurel and Priests Work Together

In the 1980’s, as the Church implemented a new Young Women’s program, I had the pleasure to be the High Council Advisor to our LDS Stake’s program. Immediately, we needed to train class presidents, so I turned to Scout training. We had used it for Priest aged youth and had great results. Later, serving in two […]

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By David Wilson
Nov 18, 2016

More Venturing Resources

If you are looking for more help with LDS Venturing for your priest quorum, the LDS BSA Relationships blog posted this today, from our long time friend, David Wilson: I don’t think we really need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Venturing. There are some great things floating out there on the Internet that […]

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By Darryl Alder
Nov 17, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 13: Team Leadership Meeting

Team Leadership Meeting The Task: Understand the purpose for and importance of the team leadership meeting. Team Leadership Meeting is usually held monthly. In LDS units it is part of the Teacher’s Quorum Presidency Meeting. Since, “Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidents hold the priesthood keys to direct the work of the quorums over which they preside(see […]

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By Maria Milligan
Sep 18, 2016

The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge

I loved Mac McIntire’s latest blog post on the LDS-BSA relationships website because he talks about the power of combining Philmont and Wood Badge training—a power I have seen first-hand. He says, “Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to […]

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By Ryan Bertram
Sep 06, 2016

Volunteers Wanted: New District Created to Serve Community and Exploring Scouting Units

I am pleased to announce that effective August 16, a new district service area was created to serve community, religious and Exploring Scouting units in Central and Southern Utah. Because of the unique demographic of our council, this as-yet-to-be-named district is designed to provide support, resources and effective customer support to Scouting and Exploring units […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Aug 30, 2016

Knot Motivated?

Are you Knot motivated? I was in a meeting recently when a fellow Cub Scout leader (Naomi) made a comment about being “not motivated”.  Huh?  She pointed to her chest – you know above the left pocket where those square knots patches go.  That’s when I realized she didn’t mean NOT motivated but KNOT motivated. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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By Susan Cheever
Jul 28, 2016

Online Scouting Registration — Available to everyone!

The initial phase of the BETA test for online registration has been completed. This exciting tool is now available for every unit in our Council to use. There are three vital points to remember if we are going to implement online registration successfully in our Council. Every registered unit leader and COR must have a […]

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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 […]