Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

All about Varsity Scouting.

By Ryan Bertram
Aug 19, 2017

Got Moab? Experience UEA Fall Break at Entrada High-Adventure Base

UEA fall break, Oct. 19-21, is the perfect time to head to Entrada High Adventure Base near Moab, Utah for a weekend of high adventure activities for a couple of reasons. One reason is for the moderate weather conditions in beautiful red rock country, and two for a discounted biking course through dinosaur country…and why […]

By Elder Dale Munk
Aug 17, 2017

To Friends of Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council

Thank you for your kind support of Scouting and the young men it serves. Over 56,000 families contributed to the Church’s 2016 “Friends of Scouting Drive” for the Utah National Parks Council. A year has passed, and families may again respond to the First Presidency’s invitation to participate in the annual Friends of Scouting drive […]

By Ali Mohammad
Aug 14, 2017

Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards Now Available

Effective immediately, leaders in the Utah National Parks Council who have completed their online internet advancement can order their advancement awards through our online order form and have them shipped directly to their house or pick them up at their local Council Service Center just in time for their pack meeting or court of honor. […]

By Advancement News
Aug 11, 2017

The Blue Card: a Vital Record

In the March-April 2017 issue of the Advancement News, they discussed the “Process of Counseling.” In that article, they mentioned the role that the “Application For Merit Badge” (aka the “Blue Card”) plays in the overall merit badge earning process. This follow-up article will deal more directly with some of the specific areas of the […]

By Debbie Spoons
Aug 10, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

This post contains updated dates, as of August 10, 2017.  Scout leaders, get ready for 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. Dates: September […]

By Mac McIntire
Aug 07, 2017

Thoughts on the New Teacher-Priest Activity Program

Mac McIntire is a dedicated Scouter who has posted more than 80 blogs at the LDS-BSA Relationship Blog. Each week I read his thought provoking articles with interest and I often repost part of something he writes. But this week you need to read his whole post, especially if you are still uptight about the future […]

By Pualani Graham
Jun 21, 2017

Can a Blood Drive Be an Eagle Project?

Feature image courtesy of The Jersey Journal/NJ.com This is a tricky question since in our area so many of these drives are scheduled by LDS Stakes. The goal, with any Eagle project, is for a Scout to use skills in planning, leadership, and execution to make a difference in his community, so a regularly scheduled […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 15, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About What’s Happening This Summer At Entrada

The warmth of the red desert surrounds you as you as you pull into camp at Entrada High Adventure Base. It’s 6:30 am and the site is already bustling with life as the staff and campers get ready for a long day of excursions and activities in the Moab Desert. Entrada is special because there […]

By Steven Baugh
Jun 13, 2017

Church Announcement Response – Varsity/Venturing

As one who bleeds orange, the announcement from the LDS Church to no longer register young men in Varsity Scouting or Venturing starting January 1, 2018 caused me serious reflection. My first reaction was a sense of loss and disappointment. On further reflection, I began to look at the positive side of this. First, I’ll […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 11, 2017

Let Them Lead: Setting Your Goals

Goal setting involves more than just wishing or dreaming. As President Thomas S. Monson has taught: “Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion” (“To the Rescue,” Ensign, May 2001, 49). Prepare yourself spiritually Meaningful goals […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 10, 2017

Where To Go Camping: Wasatch Mountain State Park Camp Ground

Wasatch Mountain State Park, the state’s oldest park, is in Heber Valley and is both a summer and winter destination. Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic winter venue is located at the park’s south end, and is open year-round for summer and winter activities, including biathlon, cross-country skiing, tubing, mountain biking, and hiking.   There are limited […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 28, 2017

Let Them Lead: Leading Reflections

Taking time to reflect on activities helps youth feel the spirit, express their feelings, and find meaning in the things they are experiencing. Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught: “May we then do . . . what Nephi did when studying the scriptures, namely, to ‘liken all scriptures’ unto ourselves (1 Nephi 19:23). This is something […]

By Steven Baugh
May 28, 2017

Elder Holland: “Don’t read more into this change than there is.”

That was the theme of Elder Holland’s comments at an LDS reception last Thursday at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting.  Elder Holland thanked those in attendance for their continued support of Scouting and in helping shape BSA’s future.  It’s important to continue to encourage others in good pursuits like Scouting, according to Holland.  He asked those in attendance […]

By Mac McIntire
May 22, 2017

Scouting Connects Young Men to Heaven

One of my favorite writers of the LDS BSA Blog is Mac McIntire. He has contributed 80 posts to the blog. In his most recent blog post, he opened by quoting Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, who said, “Scouting is not about awards; it’s about experiences; it’s …experiences that matter.” Then Mac wrote: […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 21, 2017

Let Them Lead: Finding Your Vision

  In order to reach your eternal potential and do the work the Lord has for you, you need to have a vision of your eternal destiny and what success truly looks like in the eyes of the Lord. Having this vision is the first step to achieving your goals and inheriting eternal life. President […]