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By Maloree Anderson
Mar 13, 2017

Did You Attend the 2017 Scout Show?

What’s a better place to demonstrate the awesomeness of Scouting than at The Big Outdoors Expo? For the third year in a row, the Scout Show promoted many adventures Scouting offers through hands on activities, contests, games, prizes, and more. Expo attendees were able to participate in activities as if they were at camp themselves. Rock climbing, […]

By Dale Munk
Mar 12, 2017

Little Philmont – Scout Training for Stake and Ward Leadership

The Utah National Parks Council under the direction of priesthood leadership will conduct Little Philmont conferences for stake and ward leadership in 2017. The first Little Philmont is March 24-25 at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp. The conferences will begin Friday evening at 6 pm and end Saturday afternoon. Each conference will focus on the […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 08, 2017

Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

The answer is yes and no. Of course, Scouting has much to offer to prospective missionaries. That’s obvious; the Church wouldn’t include it in their youth programs if it didn’t. Many of our youth even achieve the high esteemed Eagle Scout rank. However, the real questions are, why are they achieving the Eagle Scout rank? […]

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 Community Submission
Feb 28, 2017

Scout Show 2017, Mar 10th &11th: Sword Jousting, 360° Photo Booth, and Enthused Scouts

Kids surround a giant derby track as the race begins. A woman dressed as Elsa decorates a child’s face. A Scout holds a rifle, aiming at his target. All  were seen at Utah’s Outdoor Expo and Boy Scout Show in 2016. This year, prepare for more crazy fun sights because the event’s making a comeback. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 27, 2017

Help Fight Hunger By Scouting for Food – March 18, 2017

Beginning March 11th, Cub Scout packs will deliver Scouting for Food door hangers like the one below. Join the local Boy Scouts as they help fight hunger statewide by filling a bag with nutritious non-perishable food donations and leaving it outside your front door by 9:00 a.m. on March 18. Scouts will collect bags from 9 am […]

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 […]

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 […]

By Jarom Shaver
Feb 12, 2017

A Lifetime of Scouting – Ken Clegg

If you have been to the Scout Shop in Orem, Utah in the last nine years, you may have had the opportunity to meet Ken Clegg. He probably helped you find a badge you were looking for or cashed you out at the register. All of this you probably noticed he did with a humble […]

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 […]

LDS/BSA Relationship
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 […]

By LDS-BSA Relationships
Jan 29, 2017

Do You Let Youth Use Their Priesthood Keys?

Last week Bill Chapman shared some thoughts on how to help boy leaders exercise their priesthood keys in a post at LDS/BSA entitled “Have You Asked Your Patrol Leader?”. In that post, he talked about his ward’s eleven-year-old Scout patrol joining their troop at a district camporee. “We were excited to have them join us but we were […]

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jan 22, 2017

Be Prepared to Be the Next Generation’s Impact Teachers

Young Men General President Brother Stephen W. Owen addressed leaders of teenage boys in a recent LDS news articled titled “Help Develop Next Generation of ‘Impact Teachers’”. Published January 19, 2017, it has important messages for LDS Scouts and Scout Leaders. He explains the vital role of  a leader in young men’s lives. Most Boy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]