Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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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 Andy Gibbons
Apr 21, 2016

Principle #7: Assess Your Own Progress As A Mentor.

This is part six 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 […]

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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 […]

Philmont Feature
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 […]

Self-Assessment Feature
By Andy Gibbons
Apr 14, 2016

Do You Need to Learn to Assess Progress?

This is part six 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 The remaining posts will […]

safety COPE feature
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 […]

Relationship Feature
By Andy Gibbons
Apr 07, 2016

Why Form Relationships of Trust?

This 12-part blog series 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 The remaining posts will appear weekly. Principle #5: Form A Relationship of Trust. A young man of […]

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By Steven Baugh
Apr 07, 2016

Varsity Week at Philmont

This is an open call to Bishops and other leaders of young men. When President Monson announced that 18 year-old young men could serve missions, did this raise your anxiety about how to best help these young men prepare? Having served as a Bishop, I suspect that it did. For many of you, I’m fairly sure, […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Apr 06, 2016

Utah National Parks Council 2015 Annual Report

The Utah National Parks Council would like to present its 2015 Annual Report. The purpose is to communicate the impact that Scouting has in Utah. You will find interesting facts, where the money goes and highlights, along with membership numbers and how the Council is funded. Check it out! or click here to download the printable PDF. […]

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By Deseret News
Apr 03, 2016

‘Duty to God’ remains essential to Scouting

In January, the Boy Scout ranks were updated with a new element of Scout spirit, “Tell how you have done your duty to God …”). This comes alongside the other elements of “living the Scout Oath and Scout Law” in the new requirements. This weekend for Church News, Jason Swenson shared some of his thoughts on the subject: […]

Varsity Team Feature
By Andy Gibbons
Mar 31, 2016

Provide Varsity Scouts a Model of Leadership

This 12-part blog series 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 The remaining posts will appear weekly. Principle #4: Provide a Model of Leadership. An old adage claims that “leaders are born, not made”. This […]

Facdebook Feature
By Darryl Alder
Mar 30, 2016

Why Does the Ward Mission Leader Need Scouting?

Your crew, team, troop or pack may be missing an opportunity to grow in numbers and the ward mission leader may just be the person to help. Community outreach is a part of most churches, but in a Ward, especially in quorums, we may not be reaching all our neighbors. Statistics from  BSA show that nationwide, […]

Rappell Feature
By Debbie Spoons
Mar 28, 2016

Get ready for Spring and Summer Climbing/Rappelling Trips!

If you are a Scout leader and you are going to take youth climbing, rappelling, or canyoneering, BSA requires that you take this BSA Level 1 & 2 Climbing Instructor class before you leave on your trip. Offered by: Utah National Parks Council Class location: 235 E. 550 N. Springville, Utah Dates: April14th–April 23rd But before we give you details […]

EDGE-Method
By Darryl Alder
Mar 26, 2016

Do You Have the Trainer’s EDGE?

Giving a trainer an edge is an integral part of EDGE Training. Allow me to explain a bit more. Just like the Church, BSA sees the need for any good leader to also be a good teacher, so they came up with this acronym: Two weekends ago I was with some of the the staff of […]

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By Lee Ferrin
Mar 24, 2016

Confidence from Scouting is the Courage to Press Forward Steadfastly

Many have heard the old adage that courage is not the absence of fear, but the mental toughness and determination to press forward in spite of it. The purpose of Scouting is to instill this very courage in young men and young women. We do this by providing them a place and a support structure in which […]

Coach Feature
By Andy Gibbons
Mar 24, 2016

Prepare to be a Varsity Scout Mentor

This 12-part blog series explores Mentoring Skills and Principles for Adults: Principle #1: Know the youth and care about them Principle #2: Check your Ethics The remaining posts will appear weekly. Principle #3: Prepare To Be a Mentor The purpose of this post is to identify some tasks you can perform to get yourself ready for […]

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By David Johnson
Mar 23, 2016

EXPO Ticket Fundraiser for Scouts Extended for Scout Show 2016

Utah County Area Boy Scouts are excited to announce Scout Show 2016 to be held Saturday, June 18 from 12pm–6pm at Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson. Another great partnership, with the Smart Savers Card, provides a big opportunity for Scouts to earn money for summer camps and other activities throughout the year via Scout Show […]

Scouting for Food Feature
By Community Submission
Mar 21, 2016

Community Action Thanks Scouting for Food

Today, Monday, March 21, 2016 Lauren Manzione from Community Action Services wrote this to our staff in the Provo Peak District: Dear Scouts, leaders and parents: We wish that we could thank all of your personally for your selfless contributions to Saturday’s food drive. We are blown away every year by the sheer number of individuals […]