Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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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 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 […]

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By Bob Gowans
Apr 11, 2015

Time is Running Out to Register for Camp!

Camping and outdoor experiences are what young men get involved in Scouting for, but time is running out to sign up. The outdoor experience is essential in instilling in these young men the values Scouting offers and teaches. The Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America offers a tremendous variety of camping opportunities, everything from […]

Dummies
By Darryl Alder
Apr 07, 2015

Tour Plans for Dummies FAQ

Chapter 1  explained what a tour plan is and Chapter 2, when to use one. In Chapter 3 we described two ways to submit a tour plan, in Chapter 4 we explained common submission failures and in Chapter 5 we covered the principles you’ll need to follow on a tour or activity.  (NOTE: with the use of Dummies in the […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 06, 2015

How Young is Too Young for Scout Adventure?

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Camping The Boy Scouts of America has established the following guidelines for its members’ participation in camping activities: Overnight camping by Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scout dens as dens is not approved, and certificates of liability insurance will not be provided by the Boy Scouts of America. Tiger Cubs, with […]

Dummies
By Darryl Alder
Apr 06, 2015

Tour Plans for Dummies Chapter 5

Chapter 1  explained what a tour plan is and Chapter 2, when to use one. In Chapter 3 we described two ways to submit a tour plan, and in Chapter 4 we explained common submission failures.  (NOTE: with the use of Dummies in the title, there is no disrespect meant, this is just a primer for the neophyte.) GUIDE TO […]

Dummies
By Darryl Alder
Apr 05, 2015

Tour Plans for Dummies (Chapter 4)

Chapter 1  explained what a tour plan is and Chapter 2, when to use one and in Chapter 3 we described two ways to submit a tour plan.  (NOTE: with the use of Dummies in the title, there is no disrespect meant, this is just a primer for the neophyte.) Why Tour Plan Submissions Fail There are some common issues that […]

Dummies
By Darryl Alder
Apr 03, 2015

Tour Plans for Dummies (Chapter 2)

As I explained in Chapter 1, I’ve used the Dummies series to help me in all kinds of situations, so I’m trying it here for Scouters using Tour Plans. (Please, no disrespect meant from the tittle, this is just a primer for the neophyte.) When is a Tour Plan Required? First and foremost, the tour and activity plan lets […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 29, 2015

Leaving Jerusalem, an Ultimate Adventure

Throughout the month of April, The Boy Scout will focus on the fourth pillar: Be prepared by learning to do hard things. A young man will gain confidence, learn leadership skills and prepare for the future as a son of God. The key word is confidence, which a boy gains by doing hard things. Rondo Fehlberg, President of the Utah National Parks Council, BSA […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Mar 27, 2015

Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams

From the the Course Director of the Varsity conference at Philmont this summer: The Conference and the Sponsor The title of our conference is “Leading Varsity Scouting in LDS Teams”. The conference is being held under the auspices of the Director of LDS-BSA Relations, Mark Francis. Last week Mark held a phone conference with nearly one hundred […]

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By Ken Cluff
Mar 19, 2015

What is High Adventure?

Many High Adventure program opportunities exist for experienced, older Varsity Scouts.   High Adventure is the culmination of all of the things that Boy Scouting has taught the boy: character development, citizenship, and personal fitness. It is also the ultimate in outdoor experiences above and beyond the lower keyed summer camp programs. Most High adventure expeditions […]

Guide to Advancement
By Boy Scouts of America
Mar 18, 2015

Helpful Advancement Links

Here are some links to the most current materials of interest for Scouters who are involved in the administration of advancement. These and many more resources are available via the Advancement Resources page. Guide to Advancement Advancement Educational Presentations: Why Advancement?  In this series of videos, individuals give testimony about the quality of their Scouting […]

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By Mat Greenfield
Mar 05, 2015

Hey, What are those Orange Shoulder Loops?

The BSA 4-1-1 task force recently confirmed that Varsity Scouting would not be going away. Varsity Scouting is the program for 14-15 year old young men, and is the activity arm of the Teacher’s Quorum. Identified by the distinctive orange shoulder loops, the BSA worked with the LDS Church to develop the program specifically for the 14–15 age […]

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By Ken Cluff
Feb 26, 2015

Beyond the Eagle—Varsity Scout Awards

Varsity Scouting has awards that distinguish it from other BSA programs. Pictured below are some of these awards that are only available to Varsity Scouts and their leaders. The Varsity Scout letter is awarded to team members who participate in an “ultimate adventure.” Ultimate adventures are based on high-adventure or sports program features and are […]