Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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By Joyce Olesen
Dec 06, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 6

Matthew 7:1 says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”  On the surface, this sounds so easy.  Is it not all about “walking in the other person’s shoes”?  We know not to judge the poor, the downtrodden, the disabled, and literally everyone we pass on the street.  There is however what I call righteous judgment.  […]

By Joyce Olesen
Dec 02, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 2

“I WAS THIRSTY, AND YE GAVE ME DRINK.” Now, this should be easy for all Scouts.  This past year has been peppered with people needing clean drinking water.  Some people are still in dire need.  Contact your local Red Cross of America. They know where it is needed.  Imagine the thirst you could quench if […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 30, 2017

Scouts Can #LightTheWorld Too

Once again this year the LDS Church is ushering in Christmas with a #LightTheWorld event that fits right in with a Scout’s Duty to God and Daily Good Turn. Each day in December until Christmas we will offer suggestions for your Pack or quorum that aligns with “25 Days, 25 Ways” part of the Church’s initiative.  […]

By Madison Austin
Nov 29, 2017

Are You Making Your 2018 Summer Camp Plans?

Are you making your 2018 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 […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 07, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Diamond Fork Canyon

When we weren’t camping at Maple Dell or Hobble Creek Scout Camps (now Jeremiah Johnson), our Scouts loved Diamond Fork Canyon. There are three good campgrounds in the area, Diamond, Palmyra and Three Forks Campgrounds.  Diamond and Palmyra are adjacent to each other. This is a large campground and was the site of many of […]

By Ali Mohammad
Sep 25, 2017

FREE Shipping on Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards

***FREE shipping on all online orders October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 only!*** 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 […]

By Debbie Spoons
Aug 26, 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 Melany Gardner
Aug 24, 2017

Animated Friends of Scouting Video Explains Where the Money Goes

Ever wonder where Friends of Scouting dollars go? How is the money used? What does the Council really do for local Scouting? Explore these questions with John, a new Scoutmaster, as he discusses these questions with his bishop. John is a new Scoutmaster feeling a little overwhelmed. He has lots of questions about his new […]

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 Community Submission
Aug 18, 2017

One Stake Leaders Thoughts On the BSA’s Continuing Relationship with the Church

During a a recent court of honor, I felt impressed to speak about the continuing relationship that the Church will have with the Boy Scouts of America. Here are a few of my thoughts that I shared with these boys, leaders and parents. We all know that our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, loves Scouting. The […]

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 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 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 […]