Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2017

For Earth Day We Connected Them With Heaven

Last Saturday, I was with our stake at Camp Jeremiah Johnson delivering Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to 26 Scouters. Being Earth Day,  I felt pretty self-satisfied that had spent most of the day working the nature trail at this camp in Hobble Creek Canyon. It is natural for me to find God in nature; He did not disappoint. There was a […]

By Stewart Schow
Apr 20, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 25, Safety Certification

Task: Commit yourself to find out about certification training and other updated training for Scout leaders at the council. Safety of the youth of scouting is one of the main work of Adult Leaders.  In his statement “BSA’s Commitment to Safety” Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said: “We want you to know that the safety […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 12, 2017

Why Your Teen Should Go To NYLT/Timberline

As a leader and parent, I cannot recommend National Youth Leadership Training enough. As a Scout, I took the youth version of the training called Junior Leader Training (JLT). I later taught it. Then, I  went on to help districts in our Council run dozens of courses, including our first coed course five years ago.  NYLT, […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 09, 2017

Ours is a Broken Culture

In the last six months, Utah National Parks Council LDS-BSA Relationships committee has hosted more than 500 Stake Presidents and Bishops at Little Philmont, a priesthood conference on Scouting. The subjects focused on how to use Scouting resources to help older young men’s programs work better for the church. For many, the conferences liberate their […]

By Advancement News
Apr 07, 2017

Any Scout, Any Merit Badge, Any Time

A few merit badges have certain restrictions, but there are no restrictions on when a boy can begin working on a merit badge. Any registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may work on any badge at any time. Furthermore, although recommended, it is not necessary for a Boy Scout to […]

By Stewart Schow
Apr 06, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 23: Resources what they are?

TASK: Learn what resources your team has and how to best use them. The Varsity Scout guidebook says this under Knowing and Using Resources. Knowing and using the resources of team members is closely related to understanding their characteristics and needs.  Instead of finding out how the team can help individual members, though, leaders can discover […]

By Jarom Shaver
Apr 05, 2017

Obstacles to Training

One of the longtime struggles the LDS church and the Boy Scouts of America have had is getting leaders trained. Getting Scouting leadership trained in wards has been difficult. By the time that some of them get trained, they often transition to a new calling. Sometimes leaders only find out about training after they are […]

By John Gailey
Apr 03, 2017

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 […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 02, 2017

What Scout Executives Learned about Mormons from Visiting Utah

Thousands flocked streets of Temple Square in Sunday best. Some held signs hoping for tickets. Protesters settled on corners yelling through megaphones.  Meanwhile, a group of Scouting executives and professionals from across America gathered near the front of the conference center, many listening to General Conference for the first time ever. For the professional Scouters […]

By Ann Shumway
Mar 31, 2017

Cooking Merit Badge Adventures Are Back at Camp JJ

Last year, Camp Jeremiah Johnson hosted a few Cooking Merit Badge Adventures –they were so popular, they are planning another series for 2017! Scouts can now register.  The Cooking Merit Badge is Eagle required, and due to many elements it takes some time to complete. Thanks to the new Merit Badge Adventures, Scouts have a […]

By Stewart Schow
Mar 30, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 22: Stop, Start, Continue

TASK: learn how to use BSA’s simple start, stop and continue method of self evaluation. In an article written for the George Lucas Educational Foundation posted by David Hawley and published November 2015 in Edutopia, he wrote: “Humanity cannot wait for students to graduate—whether or not they are in International Baccalaureate® schools—and get stated on doing things that […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 27, 2017

How to Get Online BSA Registration Set Up for Your Ward

Online registration is finally here and open to everyone! Beginning immediately, the traditional paper registration is being supplanted by an easy-to-use, paperless online registration process – for both youth and adults. To begin using online applications, every unit and ward must get take a few steps to get set up with the new system. If […]

By LDS-BSA Relationships
Mar 24, 2017

Funding Your Scouting Program

Recently, Paul Jackson, Executive Secretary to the Young Men General Presidency shared his thoughts on how to fund your Scouting program. He recalled that as a Scout, though he always enjoyed hiking and camping, there was a cost in effort on his part. “I remember each time mowing lawns and doing other odd jobs to […]

By Community Submission
Mar 23, 2017

How Varsity Scouting Prepares Missionaries

 President Don Atkinson, former mission president and then SLC mission presidency counselor, delivered an inspiring one hour interactive presentation to Varsity Scout Leaders  in the San Diego Imperial Council. Though a few years old, since this month’s pillar is missionary prep, we’d like to reflect back on his words.    He used the Scout Oath […]

By Ryan Bertram
Mar 21, 2017

Spring Mountain Bike in Red Rock Country

Mountain bike across the world-renowned “Mag 7” slick-rock trails near Moab, Utah in early April. Navigate water pockets and ledges while enjoying stunning vistas of canyons, buttes, and mesas in pleasant spring desert weather. Entrada is a high-adventure base gem that is surrounded by extraordinary red rock geological formations, beautiful desert southwest vistas, and world famous destinations: Moab […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 18, 2017

Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening Elicited Scouting Enthusiasm

The  Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening took place on Saturday March 18th, and we’d like to thank all who came.  We’d especially like to shout out to the Food Truck Underground Roundup who partnered with us to make this grand opening not only engaging but delicious. Spending a Friday evening with friends and family outside in […]