Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

All about Varsity Scouting.

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By Melany Gardner
Sep 25, 2016

How does Scouting help young men build confidence?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man to build confidence? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how Scouting instills confidence in themselves as leaders, achievers and sons of God. Robert Louder, […]

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By Rawlin Bagnall
Sep 22, 2016

Scouts Throw, Shoot, Climb and Race to Victory at the 22nd Annual Sanpete Challenge

The Arapeen District of the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of American hosted the 22nd Annual Sanpete Challenge Saturday, September 10, 2016.  It started at the Mayfield City Park at 9 a.m. where nine teams and crews competed for victory and bragging rights. The event is designed to challenge older teens registered as Varsity […]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Sep 15, 2016

What I wish I knew as a Varsity Team Coach

Recently the LDS BSA Blog has run a series of posts on Varsity Scouting. I find them both useful and interesting. Our editorial team hopes so too. This most recent post by John P. Romney who serves as Stake YM first counselor in the Colleyville Texas Stake, offers three lessons he learned: Ensure that any chosen quarterly activity incorporates activities from […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Sep 12, 2016

Commissioner Awards Updated

Commissioners, like all Scout leaders, deserve to be recognized for all they do. The awards and recognition available to commissioners in the BSA were updated May 1, 2016. Odds are, you may not have heard of some of these awards or maybe you are just not aware of the new requirements for earning them.  Whether […]

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By Debbie Spoons
Sep 09, 2016

BSA Level 1 & 2 Climbing Instructor class

Scout leaders, get ready for next Spring and Summer climbing and rappelling trips now. This exciting part of Scouting comes with great risk, so BSA has training to get you safe and ready. To take youth climbing, rappelling or canyoneering, this certification is required by BSA before you leave on your adventure. Offered by: Utah National Parks […]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 07, 2016

I’m a New Committee Chair; I Need Help

It’s been ninety days in my new troop job. I have taken the Troop Committee Challenge. I pulled together one court of Honor. This week we kick-off Friends of Scouting and charter renewal is at the end of the month. Yep! It’s about time I got some help on this committee. The LDS Scouting Handbook, 4.3 […]

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By Ryan Bertram
Sep 06, 2016

Volunteers Wanted: New District Created to Serve Community and Exploring Scouting Units

I am pleased to announce that effective August 16, a new district service area was created to serve community, religious and Exploring Scouting units in Central and Southern Utah. Because of the unique demographic of our council, this as-yet-to-be-named district is designed to provide support, resources and effective customer support to Scouting and Exploring units […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Aug 26, 2016

BYU Football Scout Day – BYU vs. Southern Utah Nov. 12

Get discounted tickets for the Cougars’ home game November 12, 2016. Anyone who loves Scouting can get BYU Football vs. Southern Utah tickets for $13.00 (regularly @ $20). With every ticket purchased using this code, BYU will donate $2.50 to help support Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council. This is a great activity for Scouts, youth […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Aug 22, 2016

Earning a degree in Commissioner Science

When you attend a Commissioner College you will find that it is set up like a traditional college, with requirements that can lead you to bachelors, masters, and doctorate “degrees” in commissioner science. I am going to share a little insight into the process and an overview of the requirements to earn a degree in […]

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By Melany Gardner
Aug 21, 2016

How does Scouting help young men prepare to be missionaries?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man to prepare to be a missionary? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how Scouting prepares successful missionaries. Cindy Gagon, a Scouting volunteer and mother […]

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By Maloree Anderson
Aug 20, 2016

Great Weekend Camping Spots for Scouts in Utah

Earlier this year, I attended the “Great Camping Spots” class during the 2016 University of Scouting. The instructor started the session by giving a few things to consider before you plan your Scout camping trip: Are you camping at an actual site or backpacking to a spot? Think about the time of year and the location. What […]

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By Philmont PhilNews
Aug 14, 2016

Chaplain’s Corner: A Philmont Crew

In 1979, I led a crew of disparate Varsity Scouts and Explorers cobbled from all four corners of the Utah National Parks Council. They arrived as individuals but came together through peak climbing and downpours to be a tight-knit group of friends. In the beginning of this season, Elder Paul Anderson, LDS Chaplain at Philmont, […]

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By Susan Cheever
Jul 28, 2016

Coming Soon! — Online Scouting Registration

There is nothing so validating as being listened to, and for Scout leaders, parents, and employees in the Utah National Parks Council, validation is on its way. Starting August 1, 2016, online registration will become an option for seven of the LDS stakes in the Utah National Parks Council. Soon it will become available for […]

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By Melany Gardner
Jul 24, 2016

How does Scouting help young men serve others?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man learn to serve others? We asked these questions and more to our Scouting leaders and members of the community. Watch the video below to hear them tell us their experiences on how the principle of service is taught through Scouting experiences. Quoting the Scout slogan […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 14, 2016

Varsity Vision Part 7 — Planning Team Events

This is part seven of the online Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training. Other sessions include: Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis Making an Annual Plan Executing the Annual Plan Planning Team Meetings Planning Team Events Planning Team Events The purpose of […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 08, 2016

Operation on Target 2016—Just a Week Away

I’ve coached teams that thought of Operation “On Target!” as the Christmas of Varsity Scouting; we anticipated it for months. Sure getting ready was a great part of the adventure—the peak experience had a kind of Christmas-like expectation—but the reward was in each distant flash. Each report (flash) from a distant peak was an exciting surprise, like a package […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 07, 2016

Varsity Vision Part 6—Planning Team Meetings

This is part six of the online Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training. Other sessions include: Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis Making an Annual Plan Executing the Annual Plan Planning Team Meetings Planning Team Events Team Planning Meetings and Team Meetings The purpose […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 30, 2016

Varsity Vision Part 5—Executing the Annual Plan

This is part five of the online Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training. Other sessions include: Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis Making an Annual Plan Executing the Annual Plan Planning Team Meetings Planning Team Events EXECUTING THE ANNUAL PLAN The purpose of […]