Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
May 28, 2016

Safety Moment – A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May 5th, as part of National Water Safety Month, the LDS Church issued a “Safety Moment” which began by asking “What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?”  Those were the first thoughts of one of the LDS Risk Management specialists until he started looking at the statistics. According to the CDC, “Drowning ranks fifth among […]

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By Darryl Alder
May 26, 2016

The Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training

As Varsity Scouting launched, I jumped in with both feet. Our ward Bishop allowed, asked or was inspired to give me chance to work with the wonder of this older boy; I served as a Team Coach for three wonderful years. At 15 they are two-thirds of the way to manhood, but still boys. It […]

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By Darryl Alder
May 25, 2016

Boy Scout #HandbookHacks

In late March with the release of the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (click here to buy the digital version), BSA launched a new social media campaign called #HandbookHacks. Introducing this, ScoutingWire wrote: “The handbook is full of life hacks that Scouts can teach their parents, their friends and everyone else. Our first handbook hack […]

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By Andy Gibbons
May 12, 2016

Practice Servant Leadership

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #10: This is part nine of a 12-part blog series that explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust Principle #6: […]

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By John Gailey
May 11, 2016

New Merit Badge Adventure Tracks and High Adventure in 2016

Last year we introduced our camp Adventure Tracks—an exciting program for teaching skills, working on merit badges and experiencing challenges in a fun, experiential learning environment instead of in a traditional classroom setting—at Tifie Scout Camp, Scofield Scout Camp and Thunder Ridge Scout Camp and saw exciting results. Experiential learning allows participants to gain firsthand experience with the […]

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By David Johnson
May 07, 2016

5 Things to Do Before You Go to Summer Camp

So you’ve registered your Scouts for summer camp, school is almost out, and the day is fast approaching when you’ll head to camp. What are some things you need to remember in order to have a successful, memorable experience? The best two-word answer I can give is, “Be Prepared.” Here are some helpful tips: 1. Check […]

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By Steven Sutherland
May 06, 2016

Canyoneering—Entrada’s Newest Adventure

Entrada High Adventure Base is a popular choice for individuals who enjoy river trips, shooting sports, mountain biking and climbing/rappelling. Beginning this summer, Entrada is pleased to announce the addition of Canyoneering to their exciting lineup of high adventure opportunities. Situated in a picturesque high desert valley surrounded by red rock buttes, plateaus and alcoves, Entrada’s […]

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By Andy Gibbons
May 05, 2016

Practice Good Mentoring Methods

This is part nine of a 12-part blog series that explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust Principle #6: Learn To Assess […]

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By Bob Gowans
May 04, 2016

This Summer at Thunder Ridge Scout Camp

Each morning, as the sun comes over the mountain east of Thunder Ridge Scout Camp this summer, hundreds of Scouts will be preparing for another great adventure. The Merit Badge Adventure Tracks at Thunder Ridge and other Utah National Parks Council camps will engage the Scouts in a full-immersion program, giving them the opportunity to live the […]

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By Melany Gardner
Apr 29, 2016

Utah Scouting professional to compete on “American Ninja Warrior”

Life skills learned in Scouting taught this Scouting professional how to withstand life’s toughest challenges and we’re not just talking about being selected to compete in 2016’s American Ninja Warrior. David Peterson of St. George, is the District Director over the Zion District for the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America and has […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Apr 28, 2016

Set Up a Regular Cycle of Mentoring Activities

This is part 8 of a 12-part blog series that explores mentoring skills and principles for adults serving teacher and priest-age boys (14-18): Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics Principle #3: Prepare To Be A Mentor Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership Principle #5: Form A […]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2016

Plant a Tree for Earth Day 2016

Earth Day has a special place in the BSA’s culture. As our members know, responsible stewardship of the planet is key to being a good Scout. Since BSA’s early beginnings, Scouts have been caring for the planet. Our “Leave No Trace” principles demonstrate how Scouts show respect for the outdoors when living in it. For Earth Day this year, […]

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By John Jones
Apr 17, 2016

Scouting Helps Prepare Boys For An LDS Mission

I attended Brad and Sandy Harris’s class on raising successful missionaries at University of Scouting in February. The class was full of parents and leaders eager to learn how Scouting programs could help them help the youth in their care learn everything they needed to succeed in the mission field. My favorite part of the […]

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By Community Submission
Apr 16, 2016

Why We Do Hard Things

  Chandler Jeffcoat participated in the Council’s Philmont trek last year. Here, he shares his experiences and talks about the importance of doing hard things: Philmont is a perfect example of why we do and why we should do hard things. It can show you a different perspective on life; but only if you let […]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 11, 2016

What spring training do you need for a safer summer?

Every year in April and May, there is a flurry of questions at the Council Service Center regarding training and certifications needed for summer camp plans. So as an editorial team, we thought we would give readers a quick overview of the possibilities: April is Youth Protection Month: Whether your Youth Protection Training (YPT) is […]