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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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By Dae Richey
Feb 18, 2017

Council Rentals Now Available!

Want decorations for your Scouting Ceremony? Need some equipment for weekend campouts? Well, look no further. Rentals are now available at the Utah National Parks Council. Visit the Outdoor Center to view numerous choices available to make a Court of Honor, pack meeting, Blue and Gold Banquet, or even an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony look […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 16, 2017

Council Outdoor Center Grand Opening March 17th, “We’ll Put the ‘Outing’ in Scouting”

In our ongoing attempt to better serve our Scouting partners, leaders and parents, the Utah National Parks Council is excited to announce the Grand Opening of our new Council Trading Post and Outdoor Center! All Scouting leaders and the general public are invited to attend our Grand Opening on March 17, 2017 or drop in any […]

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By Ali Mohammad
Feb 08, 2017

New Council Uniform Exchange Provides Cheaper Alternatives

Being the oldest of three boys, I was always the first to get a new Scout shirt. But, my brothers got my hand-me-downs since we couldn’t always afford a new uniform. My shirts were always one size too big, and I wore them till they were two sizes too small. It was always like the Goldilocks story with my […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 31, 2017

LDS Church Responds to New Scout Policy on Transgender Youth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded today to BSA’s new policy allowing transgender boys to participate in the program. The church said the following regarding the policy change: “The Church is studying the announcement made yesterday by Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouts has assured its religious chartering organizations that, as in […]

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By Clint Lawton
Dec 24, 2016

How will you contribute your log to the fire?

I recently had the opportunity to see an original painting by Jon McNaughton which is titled, Sacred Fire. The painting was incredible, with vibrant colors and stunning imagery, but it was the symbolic message of the fire building in this piece of art that has deeply inspired me. As I look at these great men from […]

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By John Gailey
Nov 26, 2016

Sell Scout Show Discount Cards and Raise Money for Summer Camp

Beginning December 1st, individuals, Cub packs, Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venturing crews, Young Women groups, and Youth Ministry groups can begin selling discount cards to raise money for their summer camp! Sales begin December 1, 2016 and go to March 1, 2017. The Discount Card includes admission to the Big Outdoors Expo and Scout Show […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 21, 2016

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Every year, people come together to help our youth. Parents encourage boys to gain merit badges. Employees implement safe camping experiences. Boys assist other boys with trials. Helping Scouts become honorable men is a group effort. The Utah National Parks Council is really a team of thousands, and we want to thank you for your […]

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By Melany Gardner
Nov 20, 2016

How does Scouting teach young men to have integrity?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man have integrity? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how Scouting promotes a life of integrity and encourages boys to become men who honor the […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Nov 14, 2016

Meet this Year’s Distinguished Eagle: Jesse Hunsaker

Treasured paintings of the Hunsaker children framed the walls. A piano sat in a place of honor, indicating musical talent in the household. Jesse and his wife ushered the film crew and BSA staff into their homes, happy to talk with everyone and help out. All sights and words provided hints about why Jesse Hunsaker […]

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By David Johnson
Nov 09, 2016

Cabela’s Donates Hours of Service for Maple Dell Scout Camp

In late September Joe Haycock, Cabela’s Marketing Manager/PR Liaison, contacted the Utah National Parks Council and told us that they like to do an annual service project and they wanted to volunteer to help the Boy Scouts in Utah County. Joe was quickly routed to me where we discussed several different service projects they might […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 03, 2016

Bring your Stakes and Wards to Camp

For the past several years, the Utah National Parks Council has worked to make its summer camps more accessible to and useful for groups from the LDS Church (our largest chartered partner). These efforts have included new buildings, programs, and materials designed for large, diverse groups. Every church group has different ideas of what they […]

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By John Gailey
Nov 02, 2016

Going to Camp in Style!

When going to camp or a high adventure, you’ve got to go in style, right? And having a shirt that is customized to your troop/team/crew/ward is even better! Why a Common Shirt? One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, including activity shirts. Having the entire group dressed the same builds unity within […]

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By David Johnson
Oct 29, 2016

Want to Know How Our Scout Properties and Facilities Accomplish Your Group’s Objectives?

It’s a beautiful thing to see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grow, especially in these troubled times. The State of Utah is also growing due to its economic stability and job opportunities, and as it becomes recognized around the country as a bastion of American values and decency. With population growth come […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Oct 25, 2016

Six Pillars of Cub Scouting

The Six Pillars of Scouting are not new to anyone who has read this blog for very long. I’ve also heard them called the “Six Pillars of Being Prepared” or “Why Scouting Matters.” I think I first read them back in 2014. I liked them, but… I am a Cub Scout leader and didn’t feel they really […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Oct 23, 2016

How does Scouting help young men gain life skills?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man gain life skills? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how Scouting helps boys gain life skills as leaders, achievers and sons of God. Utah […]