Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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By Arturo Malpica
May 23, 2015

¿Por qué la organización BSA requiere que todos los participantes tengan un Registro Médico y de Salud Anual?

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el Registro Médico y de Salud Anual P. ¿Por qué la organización BSA requiere que todos los participantes tengan un Registro Médico y de Salud Anual? R. El RMSA tiene muchos propósitos. Completar una historia de salud fomenta la conciencia sobre la salud, recopila los datos necesarios y proporciona a los profesionales […]

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By Darryl Alder
May 23, 2015

Get Ready for Camp with an Annual Health Exam

Moving into camping season, one of the most common kinds of questions we get, are about the Annual Health and Medical Record.  This form is required by the BSA for camping trip longer than three consecutive days. And wouldn’t you know it, I got my physical just before we got this great deal from Medallus. There are two Utah County locations […]

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By Darryl Alder
May 22, 2015

Robert Gates—a Testamonial of NYLT

When he was thirteen, Robert M. Gates, Eagle Scout, former defense secretary and former CIA director and current  BSA President, went to BSA’s National Junior Leader Training (JLT) Program at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Of the training he said: “It was the only formal management course I’ve ever had in my life. Can you imagine […]

By Andy Gibbons
May 21, 2015

Who’s Who In Varsity Scouting?

“Who” Is Varsity? The common question in some minds is, “What is Varsity Scouting?” One might also ask, “Who is Varsity Scouting?” The answer is: a lot of people, and each of them needs to do a certain job, contributing their part to make a Varsity team work. Let’s look at the Varsity Scouting stakeholders. […]

Olympic Feature
By Darryl Alder
May 16, 2015

Why Participate in Olympic Day 2015?

To help your unit get SCOUTStrong join in Olympic Day events this June Many Varsity Scout Teams and Venturing Crews have a sports focus. Combine this with the worldwide Olympic Day held annually on June 23, and you’ve got a great month of activities and service. For example Cub Scout Olympics, is always a great pack activity, but when your […]

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By Ken Cluff
May 14, 2015

Sailing—Relying on the Power of the Wind

Sailing with your Scouts is a great way to teach them new skills, challenge them, and, most importantly as far as their concerned, have fun. It can be difficult to get into sailing if you’ve never done it before, however, especially since it requires specialized equipment. Fortunately, Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch is […]

Eagle Props
By Darryl Alder
May 13, 2015

Courts of Honor: Opportunities for Committee Involvement

Joseph Csatari’s “Eagle Scout Court of Honor” painting has inspired Scouts and pleased Scout leaders and parents alike since it was first released. But have you ever stopped to focus on the objects in the foreground below the Scout, the eagle, and the flag? Look again. They include: the Scout emblem with red, white, and blue candles […]

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By Melany Gardner
May 11, 2015

Important Youth Protection Policy Changes

There is no more important part of the Scouting program than the protection of our youth members. Experience has proven the best way to accomplish this is to provide effective training on a continuing basis to all adults involved in Scouting at every level with no exceptions. Only when everyone is involved and trained in youth […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
May 10, 2015

What does it mean to be a Scout Mom?

Mothers play a huge role in Scouting. From spending endless hours driving to pow wows and merit badge classes, to sewing on patches and preparing for camp. Scout moms are always there for their Scouts. To celebrate their love, enthusiasm and encouraging words we want to share with you what other moms think about holding the honored […]

On Target Feature
By Ken Cluff
May 07, 2015


July 18th,  2015 Huddle Agenda Operation “ON TARGET” is an activity developed by Doug Brewer especially for Varsity Scouts here in Utah. He designed this program in about 1980 and it has been held annually every year since. Each District needs to have an adult “On Target” Program Chairman to coordinate   the   activity   in   your  district. […]

On Target Feature
By Ken Cluff
May 06, 2015

On Target Symbolisms

This activity can provide several “symbols” or “examples” which can be used to present important lessons about life.  These discussions can and should be the culminating experience of a wonderful On Target day.  Hopefully, as this part of the Mountain Top experience commences, the boys will be in a thoughtful and calm frame of mind […]

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By Derrick Larsen
May 01, 2015

Be Prepared to be Good Husbands and Fathers – When My Father Wasn’t There

Scouting showed me what it meant to be honorable. Scouting showed me what it meant to help others. Scouting showed me what it was like to be a man of God. All of us hope that the young men in our lives will make the best choices for them and their future families. Therefore, we […]

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By Ken Cluff
Apr 30, 2015

Health and Safety on Back-country Hikes

When considering a trip into a remote wilderness area, there are certain inherent risks and perils, as well as unknown and unanticipated risks, associated with back-country wilderness hiking and camping trips which could possibly endanger the health and lives of the members of your Varsity Scout team. Your safety is important.  You need to be […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 27, 2015

The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety

Few youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume, and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in […]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 24, 2015

Top Ten Things Leaders Can Do to Keep LDS Scout Units Safe!!

For those who enjoy[ed] watching David Letterman on late night television as he discloses his now-famous “top ten” lists . . . here are my Top Ten – best practice applications of existing Scout and Church-based programs. By following these ten tips, you can help keep young men and leaders safe during Scout-related activities. These […]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 17, 2015

The Safety Moment

Outdoor high adventure activities are often filled with fun exhilarating experiences and sometimes with potential risks and life-threatening dangers. Risk is one aspect of the outdoor activity that creates adventure; however, too much risk can move the activity from adventure to serious injury or even death. Human interaction or lack of action is often a […]

By Paul Riley
Apr 15, 2015

How to Have Safe High Adventure Activities for a New Scout Leader

I was asked to serve as the Chair of the Utah National Parks Council Risk Management Committee this last year.  I enjoy this assignment since Loss Control and Risk Management have been in integral part of my professional career for almost 25 years.  I also grew up in Scouting and have served as a Chartered […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 13, 2015

Two-deep Leadership in Cyberspace?

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse apply in cyberspace: Youth Protection policies extend into cyberspace. There should be no one-on-one online or digital activities (games, social media, etc.) or electronic communications. Leaders should include or copy a parent or another leader in all online communications, ensuring no one-on-one contact exists in text, social media or other forms of […]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Apr 12, 2015

Safe Church Activities

This article is taken directly from the Safe Church Activities website. By planning effectively and following safety precautions, leaders can minimize the risk of accidents. Activities should include appropriate training and proper supervision. Safety through Planning and Relying on the Spirit Steve Thelin, rocket scientist and Scout leader, takes his Scouts on a camping and […]