Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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By Community Submission
Jun 25, 2016

Follow the Biggest Flag in Utah

There are many Freedom Festival Events your family and Scouts might attend, but Troop, Team and Crew 1166, chartered by the Northfield Sixth Ward, of the Northfield Pleasant Grove Utah Stake, will unfurl the largest flag in the state at their ceremony. This Eagle Project, is a fairly new community tradition, beginning with a 9/11 tribute […]

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By Tony Woodard
Jun 19, 2016

Out in God’s Country, Tonight

Living in Utah, many of us experience the outdoors on a regular basis.  We may enjoy camping at our favorite lakeside retreat, hiking to your favorite lookout, fishing at that secret spot, or perhaps, just taking a leisurely drive through the canyons. Scouting gives us the opportunity to share this with our youth.  As Scout […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 16, 2016

The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis

This is part three of the on-line Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position Specific Training. Part one was Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum and Aims and Methods Part two was Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program THE CAPTAIN AND THE FIVE FIELDS OF EMPHASIS The purpose of this post is to: Recognize Varsity Scouting’s five fields of emphasis. […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 13, 2016

What are Districts?

Have you ever asked that question? Recently, I had to answer it for a new Scoutmaster. This is what I told him: A district is an area designated by the council executive board to offer service to units. In our case, nearly every district in the council is a geographic mirror of the LDS coordinating council it is […]

Coach Feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 09, 2016

Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program

The aims of Scouting are found in the mission of the BSA: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law; the vision is to prepare every eligible youth in […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 02, 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, Varsity Scouts are two-thirds of the way to manhood, but still boys. It […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 01, 2016

LDS Safety Guidelines to be Camp Ready

In our council, we will have 54,000 youth and leaders participating in camps and other outdoor activities this summer. With each adventure there will be some risk. As leaders, we need to pay careful attention to the planning and execution of these activities and ensure each one of the participants returns home safely. Please see the guidelines and […]

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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 Andy Gibbons
May 26, 2016

Mentoring Blog Series: Use Tools, Part II

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #12: This isthe final part 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 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 19, 2016

Mentoring Blog Series: Use Tools, Part I

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #11: This is part eleven 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 Andy Gibbons
May 12, 2016

Practice Servant Leadership

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #10: This is part ten 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 […]