Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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Signal Mirror Feature
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 […]

Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training
By Darryl Alder
Jul 07, 2016

Varsity Vision Part 6—The Team Meeting

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

Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training
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 and Aims and Methods  Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis Making an Annual Plan EXECUTING THE ANNUAL PLAN The purpose of this session is to: Learn how […]

Massive flag
By Community Submission
Jun 25, 2016

Follow the Biggest Flag in Utah

There are many Freedom Festival Events your family and Scouts might attend, but Troop, Team and Crew 1166, chartered by the Northfield Sixth Ward, of the Northfield Pleasant Grove Utah Stake, will unfurl the largest flag in the state at their ceremony. This Eagle Project, is a fairly new community tradition, beginning with a 9/11 tribute […]

Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training
By Darryl Alder
Jun 23, 2016

Varsity Vision Part 4—Making an Annual Plan

This is part four of the on-line Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training. Other sessions include:  Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum and Aims and Methods  Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis MAKING AN ANNUAL PLAN The purpose of this session is to: Demonstrate putting together a […]

Scoutbook feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 22, 2016

Scoutbook: Managing Advancement—And Soon, So Much More!

When BSA announced its acquisition of Scoutbook in April 2015, it stated “Scoutbook expands Scouting’s presence in the digital space and helps the organization connect with its leaders and members when, where, and how they prefer.” In its Bryan on Scouting “Blog for BSA’s Adult Leaders,” Scouting magazine has called Scoutbook a “revolutionary web app […]

Thunder Storm Feature
By Tony Woodard
Jun 19, 2016

Out in God’s Country, Tonight

Living in Utah, many of us experience the outdoors on a regular basis.  We may enjoy camping at our favorite lakeside retreat, hiking to your favorite lookout, fishing at that secret spot, or perhaps, just taking a leisurely drive through the canyons. Scouting gives us the opportunity to share this with our youth.  As Scout […]

Presidency Feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 16, 2016

The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis

This is part three of the on-line Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position Specific Training. Part one was Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum and Aims and Methods Part two was Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program THE CAPTAIN AND THE FIVE FIELDS OF EMPHASIS The purpose of this post is to: Recognize Varsity Scouting’s five fields of emphasis. […]

districtmaplarge2013
By Darryl Alder
Jun 13, 2016

What are Districts?

Have you ever asked that question? Recently, I had to answer it for a new Scoutmaster. This is what I told him: A district is an area designated by the council executive board to offer service to units. In our case, nearly every district in the council is a geographic mirror of the LDS coordinating council it is […]

Coach Feature
By Darryl Alder
Jun 09, 2016

Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program

The aims of Scouting are found in the mission of the BSA: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law; the vision is to prepare every eligible youth in […]

Camp Feature
By Pualani Graham
Jun 08, 2016

Advancement at Summer Camp—Getting Ready

Scouts are heading into the woods this week at our summer camps and all across the country. There they will sit around the campfire and smell the “smoke at twilight.” A great deal of advancement goes on at these summer camps, and it is important that you know that both the council advancement and camping committees […]

Varisty Coach Position Specific Trainig
By Darryl Alder
Jun 02, 2016

The Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training

As Varsity Scouting launched, I jumped in with both feet. Our ward bishop allowed, asked or was inspired to give me chance to work with the wonder of this older boy; I served as a team coach for three wonderful years. At 15, Varsity Scouts are two-thirds of the way to manhood, but still boys. It […]

climbing-safety
By Darryl Alder
Jun 01, 2016

LDS Safety Guidelines to be Camp Ready

In our council, we will have 54,000 youth and leaders participating in camps and other outdoor activities this summer. With each adventure there will be some risk. As leaders, we need to pay careful attention to the planning and execution of these activities and ensure each one of the participants returns home safely. Please see the guidelines and […]

pool-swim
By LDS-BSA Relationships
May 28, 2016

Safety Moment – A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May 5th, as part of National Water Safety Month, the LDS Church issued a “Safety Moment” which began by asking “What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?”  Those were the first thoughts of one of the LDS Risk Management specialists until he started looking at the statistics. According to the CDC, “Drowning ranks fifth among […]

Scoutbook makes keeping track of Team progress a snap
By Andy Gibbons
May 26, 2016

Mentoring Blog Series: Use Tools, Part II

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #12: This isthe final part 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: […]

#handbookhacks
By Darryl Alder
May 25, 2016

Boy Scout #HandbookHacks

In late March with the release of the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (click here to buy the digital version), BSA launched a new social media campaign called #HandbookHacks. Introducing this, ScoutingWire wrote: “The handbook is full of life hacks that Scouts can teach their parents, their friends and everyone else. Our first handbook hack […]

Booklet 2
By Andy Gibbons
May 19, 2016

Mentoring Blog Series: Use Tools, Part I

Mentoring Blog Series Principle #11: This is part eleven 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: […]