Category Archives: Varsity Scout Program Feature

A waterpocket deep inside the Black Hole of White Canyon. White Canyon, Utah.
By Ken Cluff
Sep 18, 2014

The “Black Hole” in White Canyon

Our older Varsity Scouts consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. We need to plan and safely carry out high-adventure treks. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high on Scouting and in the Church. High adventure challenges and inspires our young men, and broadens their leadership skills. This is why [...]

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By Bob Gowans
Sep 16, 2014

Our Stake Encampment at the Beaver High Adventure Base

As a Bishopric we are constantly looking for opportunities to provide spiritually uplifting and edifying opportunities for our youth. A couple of years ago our Stake attended the Beaver High Adventure Base.  Each day during our time at camp the Stake Young Men’s Presidency provided a well-planned fireside for all our attending wards.  Each was [...]

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By Daily Herald
Sep 10, 2014

Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333

  OREM – Venture Crew adviser Darrin Mellor stood and grinned from his garage while watching about a dozen 18- to 19-year-old boys building kayaks. Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333. They seem to ebb and flow from Mellor’s Orem home working on various stages of preparing their one-man kayaks. One is just piecing together [...]

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By Scouting Magazine
Aug 28, 2014

Make your own Hudson Bay bread

Try this hearty “bread”—that’s more like a granola bar—when you’re out on the trail. It’s filling, high in needed calories, and it tastes great when slathered with peanut butter or jelly (or both!). Hudson Bay bread is a signature trail snack at Northern Tier. HUDSON BAY BREAD  1½ lbs. margarine or butter 4 cups sugar [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 05, 2014

General Health and Safety FAQs

Every Summer the phones at our Scout Service Centers with safety questions. The most common can be answered here: Annual Health and Medical Record, tour and activity plan, shooting sports program. But here are several others we often get: Age-Appropriate Guidelines Q. Can Scouts use zip lines? A. Zip-lining is considered age-appropriate for Venturing-age youth [...]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jul 30, 2014

Varsity Vision Leader–Specific Training

BSA National has officially approved the Varsity Vision Leader-Specific training course as fulfilling the requirements for Varsity leader-specific training. Leaders still have to attend Outdoor Skills training and Youth Protection to qualify for the “Trained” patch. There are a growing number of Varsity Vision training courses.  Our goal is for them to be held regularly in every district and at the Stake or [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 28, 2014

30th Anniversary of Varsity Scouting Celebration this Year

Varsity Scouting was officially adopted by the Boy Scouts of America in 1984. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially endorsed the program about that same time. The following announcement appeared in the January 1984 issue of the Ensign: President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve, instructed the Brethren to implement the Varsity Scouting program, he [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 25, 2014

Common Courtesy on the Trail

It is important to recognize that others’ idea of recreation may be different than our own in Varsity Scouting, and to show both courtesy and patience. Cyclists should ride in control on shared trails while hikers should be prepared to step to the side of the trail to give cyclists as much room as possible. Horse riders get the right of way in virtually every circumstance, but [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 23, 2014

Sandboarding at Little Sahara Sand Dunes

At 60,000 acres, there’s a lot to see the in Little Sahara sand dunes area. But some Varsity Scout teams make the drive there for one reason: sandboarding the dunes. You get all the thrill of SNOWBOARDING at a fraction of the cost. That’s sandboarding. But there are trade-offs when swapping white powder for tan [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jun 25, 2014

Varsity Scouting

I got involved in Varsity Scouting during the spring of 1980 while it was in the testing phase. I was the Executive Secretary to Bishop Cramer in my ward. I had two Sons ages 15 and 13 in Boy Scouting and saw first hand the problems in Scouting with that age group.   Bishop Cramer asks [...]

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By Kevin Golding
Jun 22, 2014

Wahoo

On June 5 -7 an excited group of Varsity Scouts and their leaders converged on Beaver High Adventure Base ready for participation in the 4th annual WAHOO Encampment. Thursday, June 5, started out with a Service Project of helping sand and stain wooden toys for Tiny Tim’s Toy Factory. More than one hundred cars were [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jun 04, 2014

Boat Camping

Let’s include all kinds of water craft, canoes, kayaks, power boats and inflatable rafts. Time spent on the water and at a primitive camp is unforgettable and cherished Varsity Scout time together. The Program Feature book (see canoe camping and Safety a Float) has a vast amount of information and covers this activity quite well. (Also note the float trips at Utahscouts.org) [...]

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By Clint Lawton
May 26, 2014

It’s Not About Rock Climbing…

Imagine yourself overlooking a vast expanse of the Arizona desert, standing on the top of a sheer cliff, 200 feet above a rocky gorge below. You peer over the edge and your heart skips a beat. Beside you are some of your closest friends, encouraging you to step to the edge of this rocky cliff [...]

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By Ken Cluff
May 05, 2014

Fly-Fishing

Fly-fishing is probably the world’s oldest recorded method of angling. The fishermen of those early days of fly-fishing began to dress up hooks to look like insects which, they noticed, the local fish were eating. In addition to using these ‘‘insects,’’ the early fishermen found that using a light, limber rod also made catching supper [...]

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By Salt Lake Tribune
Apr 17, 2014

Amazing Fishing at Frandsen Scout Ranch on Scofield Reservoir

Frandsen Scout Ranch at Scofield Reservoir, known for it frontier theme and aquatics adventures, can boast about its excellent fishing too. According to Brent Prettyman: “No Utah fishery has turned out more record fish in the past five years. Scofield has become the tiger trout (hybrid between a brook and a brown trout) capital of the West — with [...]