Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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Unit Commissioner Patch
By Annaleis Smith
Sep 08, 2015

What is a Unit Commissioner?

What is a Unit Commissioner?  I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked that over the past 10 years.  The question is most likely to come up at roundtable as I am teaching something and in the process I say something like “and your Unit Commissioner can help you…”.  Inevitably someone will […]

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By Tony Woodard
Sep 07, 2015

Little White Strings – My Experience at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree

When you arrive at a World Jamboree, there are little strings on the ground outlining your campsite.  For all intents and purposes, these may as well be international borders.  We were camped next to Scouts from the Netherlands, Taiwan, Spain, New Zealand, Germany, UK, France, and Libya.  Down the road were scouts from Nigeria, Hong […]

mountain man rendezvous cover
By Maria Milligan
Sep 04, 2015

Turn Your Scouts into Mountain Men with a Fall Rendezvous

For the past several years, Labor Day weekend has found me in Wyoming for the Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous. I’ve been fascinated by mountain men ever since learning about the vital role they played in Utah’s history as a fourth grader. Now, my husband and I and anyone else we can convince to come along spend […]

By Andy Gibbons
Sep 03, 2015

A Report on: “Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams”

This course was held at Philmont Training Center (PTC) 12-18 July 2015 After months of preparation, the conference “Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams” launched in the Miranda meeting room. Every faculty member contributed to displays that lined the walls: everything from Rendezvous gear to posters showing the relationship between the Scouting programs and Priesthood quorums. […]

By Darryl Alder
Aug 31, 2015

Gorp has its Day!

Ok, it’s National Trail Mix Day in the USA, but… in New Zealand its called scroggin (Sultanas, Chocolate, Raisins and Other Goody-Goodies Including Nuts) and though city folk call it trail mix, us backcountry hikers know it as gorp. “Gorp?”, you ask and I say yes! In doing a bit of research for this post, I came across a new […]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 30, 2015

The Chartered Partner, an LDS Invention

The history and power of chartered organizations in shaping and developing the BSA offers a clear picture of our partnership with other institutions. While many world Scouting organizations do not charter their programs to partners, ever since May, 1913, this has been BSA’s business model; this after allowing the LDS Church’s M.I.A. Scouts to affiliate with the National Council […]

Varsity feature
By Community Submission
Aug 20, 2015

Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams

“Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams,” a conference session held at Philmont Training Center July 12-18, proved to be a remarkable experience for 28 participants as they were immersed in the principles and activities of Varsity Scouting, strongly under girded by attention to Priesthood purposes. In fact, probably the most unique aspect of the conference […]

Cub Scout Roundtable
By Annaleis Smith
Aug 18, 2015

Why I go to Roundtable

Roundtable –  Isn’t it just “one more meeting”?  I don’t have time to go to Roundtable.  I’ve been a Scout leader for SO long I just don’t get anything out of Roundtable anymore. I went to Roundtable once and it was… boring, silly, confusing—pick your adjective. I was told I don’t need to go to […]

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By Ryan Bertram
Aug 14, 2015

2015 Council Contingent 611-V Conquers Baldy Mountain

(Pictured left: youth Crew Leader Kobe Black contemplating the route to Baldy Mountain in the distance) Ryan Bertram, Contingent Advisor, wrote this introduction to their adventure this summer: From June 10-24, 2015, eight youth and four adults from the Utah National Parks Council completed an 11-day, 84-mile backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. This […]

Elder Russell M Ballard
By Stewart Schow
Aug 13, 2015

Expanding Our Vision Of Varsity Scouting

While preparing my previous article about how Varsity Scouting teaches the Council form of governing, I came across this quote from M Russell Ballard’s book, Counseling with our Councils. “Wise presidents and bishops will recognize and appreciate such diversities of gifts. They will seek to enlarge the capacity of their presidencies, bishoprics, and other councils by […]

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By Brad Harris
Aug 09, 2015

A Boy and a Mountain

Twenty years ago I climbed Mt. Timpanogos for the first and only time in my life. I was forty-five and in the best shape of my life. The climb was more grueling than any marathon I had run, but an adventure I’ll never forget. That is why I had to share this post from Brad’s […]

Elder Russell M Ballard
By Stewart Schow
Aug 06, 2015

Varsity Scouting, A Way to Teach the Lord’s System of Councils

While meeting in a resent Varsity committee meeting I explained my vision of how the Varsity Scout program is an example of what we call the Council form of governing. How the responsibility for activities are spread over the seven or eight  members of the Varsity team working on the five fields of emphasis. What other organizations […]

By Ali Mohammad
Aug 05, 2015

Catch a Great Deal at the Orem Scout Shop!

Catch a great deal at the Orem Scout Shop Aug 10 – Oct 25. Save 10% off your purchase when you buy a complete uniform.   Author:  Ali Mohammad | Senior Store Manager Supply Group l Orem Scout Shop 748 North 1340 West | Orem, UT 84057 P 801.221.1008 | F 801.850.5332