Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

All about Varsity Scouting.

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By Michelle Carpenter
Jan 13, 2017

How to Survive High School with the Aid of Varsity Scouting

The first semester of Freshman year is over–and  everything’s getting way too crazy. Your math teacher started writing letters across the board (when did math become a language?). You’re having a hard time telling apart the teachers and the seniors. And, why are you stuck on the JV sports teams for the next two years? […]

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By Jarom Shaver
Jan 09, 2017

All My Mission Companions Were Eagle Scouts

Last December marked my four-year anniversary of coming home from my mission. Spain was marvelous, as you may imagine. I was blessed with two great mission presidents and 11 outstanding mission companions. I could not have asked for better long-lasting relationships than those I gained while arduously serving the Lord with these faithful priesthood holders. […]

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By Darryl Alder
Dec 19, 2016

#LIGHTtheWorld as a Messenger of Peace

A long standing dream of Scouting’s founder Baden Powell was world peace. The World Scouting Bureau, with BSA, launched Messengers of Peace in 2011. It is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using state-of-the-art social media, the initiative […]

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By Community Submission
Nov 27, 2016

Scouter’s Minute: The Knife

Yesterday my brother-in-law, who is also a ward Scouting committee chair, read this story written by his father at a baptism: It was Christmas Day 1920. I was seven years old. My father, mother, sister and I were living in Auburn, a small town about 70 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska. We were very poor, […]

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By John Gailey
Nov 26, 2016

Sell Scout Show Discount Cards and Raise Money for Summer Camp

Beginning December 1st, individuals, Cub packs, Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venturing crews, Young Women groups, and Youth Ministry groups can begin selling discount cards to raise money for their summer camp! Sales begin December 1, 2016 and go to March 1, 2017. The Discount Card includes admission to the Big Outdoors Expo and Scout Show […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 21, 2016

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Every year, people come together to help our youth. Parents encourage boys to gain merit badges. Employees implement safe camping experiences. Boys assist other boys with trials. Helping Scouts become honorable men is a group effort. The Utah National Parks Council is really a team of thousands, and we want to thank you for your […]

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By Melany Gardner
Nov 20, 2016

How does Scouting teach young men to have integrity?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man have integrity? 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 promotes a life of integrity and encourages boys to become men who honor the […]

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By Darryl Alder
Nov 17, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 13: Team Leadership Meeting

Team Leadership Meeting The Task: Understand the purpose for and importance of the team leadership meeting. Team Leadership Meeting is usually held monthly. In LDS units it is part of the Teacher’s Quorum Presidency Meeting. Since, “Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidents hold the priesthood keys to direct the work of the quorums over which they preside(see […]

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By John Gailey
Nov 02, 2016

Going to Camp in Style!

When going to camp or a high adventure, you’ve got to go in style, right? And having a shirt that is customized to your troop/team/crew/ward is even better! Why a Common Shirt? One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, including activity shirts. Having the entire group dressed the same builds unity within […]

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By Darryl Alder
Oct 30, 2016

A Helpful Scouting Position Calling List

Let’s face it, Scouting has its own jargon. In fact, BSA has a website dedicated to the Language of Scouting. I think most bishops have more important things to do than interpret Scouting for newly-called Aaronic Priesthood leaders. So a few weeks ago for our Little Philmont series, I developed an lds-position-desciption-for-calling-new-leaders checklist that contains a few key […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Oct 23, 2016

How does Scouting help young men gain life skills?

Why does Scouting matter? How does Scouting help a young man gain life skills? 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 helps boys gain life skills as leaders, achievers and sons of God. Utah […]

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By Bob Gowans
Oct 19, 2016

Are You Making Your 2017 Summer Camp Plans?

Are you making your 2017 summer camp plans? Now is the time to be doing it; there are great opportunities ahead for every young man to participate in.  The Utah National Parks Council offers a wide variety of camping experiences for Troops, Teams, Crews, Church youth groups, Young Women camps and just about anything you can […]

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BSA Maple Dell Scout Camp

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Photography by Mark A. Philbrick
By Steven Sutherland
Oct 14, 2016

How to Use Our Camp Adventure Tracks to Build Boys

We are aligning our camp programs with the great vision of prophets and Scouting founders: “Scouting brings out the best in each of us.  Help others to hike the trails, to keep steadfast in the paths of truth, honor, duty… that all can soar together on eagle’s wings.” -President Thomas S. Monson   “When I […]

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By Darryl Alder
Oct 05, 2016

Safety Share: Preparing to Drive Safely

This important reminder showed up today at the LDS-BSA blog:   The Scout Law reminds us: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Now think about your last road trip. Were you courteous and kind to other drivers? Obedient to traffic laws? Cheerful? The driver’s seat of a […]