Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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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 […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 17, 2017

Why We’re Having An Outdoor Center Grand Opening Party

The Food Truck Underground Roundup is here waiting for you to come to dinner: We can show you around: Our new Trading Post and Outdoor Center is located at the Orem Service Center at 748 North 1340 West, Orem Utah right next to the National BSA Scout Shop. In our ongoing attempt to better serve […]

By Stewart Schow
Mar 09, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 19: Let the Youth Do It

TASK:  Help your Captain share the leadership load so that every team member has a duty. An important feature of Varsity Scouting is that it offers leadership opportunities to virtually every team member. What do you think this means as to the operation of the Team? In the “Welcome to Varsity Scouting” page, (quoted to the […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 08, 2017

Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

The answer is yes and no. Of course, Scouting has much to offer to prospective missionaries. That’s obvious; the Church wouldn’t include it in their youth programs if it didn’t. Many of our youth even achieve the high esteemed Eagle Scout rank. However, the real questions are, why are they achieving the Eagle Scout rank? […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 07, 2017

Den Chief – How the Troop and Pack Can Help Each Other

The Troop Helps the Pack While the Pack Helps the Troop Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Patrol Leader. Troop Guide.  Den Chief. Historian. OA Rep. Librarian. Quartermaster. Bugler. Scribe. Instructor. Chaplain Aide. Webmaster. Outdoor Ethics Guide. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  According to page 420-421 of the current Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition), these are all […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 06, 2017

Nothing Can Stop the Determined Soul

Those words spoken by Hyrum Smith, at the University of Scouting held last month at UVU, are words I have known for more that 30 years.  The power of his message in 1984 was transformational in how I managed my life; hardly a day goes by I do not use what he taught me 33 years […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 05, 2017

Let Them Lead

Do we as Scout leaders truly let the boys lead? In Scouting or on Sunday we may catch ourselves planning, executing and ultimately undermining the leadership development of our youth. It may be hard to let go of some control and let them lead, but understanding that our purpose is in teaching and advising, we can guide our young men to become leaders in every part of their lives. It […]

By Community Submission
Mar 02, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 18: Trip Safety & Insurance

TASK: Learn about the Tour and Activity Planning process and Insurance Be alert to safety issues when you participate in, travel, and execute Varsity Scouting and Teachers Quorum activities. What do you have in place that allows you to review and consider the safest approach to your activities? When should you and your committee prepare […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 01, 2017

Why Guide to Advancement is the Best Source on Policy

Recently, the Troop Leader’s Guidebook, Volume II was released with an error under ‘Alternative Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank’ on page 156. It stated: “3. The candidate must complete as many of the requirements of the required merit badges as his ability permits.” This is an incorrect statement and will be corrected in the next […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 26, 2017

Connect Them With Heaven

Scouting’s spiritual element is overlooked sometimes. Even when part of your calling has you teaching lessons on Sunday, we don’t often take the everyday opportunities to teach heavenly things. It can be overwhelming to teach young people, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important methods you can […]

By Jarom Shaver
Feb 22, 2017

Do Scout Leaders Really Let the Boy Lead?

We recently received some inspirational emails from some of our Scout leaders. They wrote to us with sincerity and passion about the importance of letting boys lead. Do we as Scout leaders really allow the boy’s to lead? The Young Men General Presidency recently announced three principles of becoming an impact teacher, one of which […]

By Annaleis Smith
Feb 21, 2017

When Parents Sign the Boy Scout Youth Application

When a parent signs the BSA Youth application what does it mean?  They sign their name inside a box below the words that say: “I have read the attached information for parents and approve the application.  I affirm that I have or will review “How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parents Guide.” […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 19, 2017

Be With Them

There’s a lot to learn when working with Young Men in the Church. There’s program stuff like Scouting and Duty to God, Sunday lessons, or just getting to the know the youth in the first place. It can be overwhelming, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important […]

By Dae Richey
Feb 18, 2017

Council Rentals Now Available!

Want decorations for your Scouting Ceremony? Need some equipment for weekend campouts? Well, look no further. Rentals are now available at the Utah National Parks Council. Visit the Outdoor Center to view numerous choices available to make a Court of Honor, pack meeting, Blue and Gold Banquet, or even an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony look […]

By Stewart Schow
Feb 16, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 17: Training Young Men Youth Leadership (part 1)

The Task: Learn about training available to your youth leaders. As a new Varsity Coach you need to ask yourself these questions.  How do I learn my Job as a Varsity Coach?  What Training courses are available?  And right along with that question is this question.  “How do my young men in the Varsity Team (Teachers quorum) […]

By Darryl Alder
Feb 15, 2017

2017 Advancement Guide Coming Soon

“Guide to Advancement is always a work in progress, thanks to program changes that occur at all levels of Scouting.“–National Advancement Program Team That’s why I recommend you use the online version, and subscribe to Advancement News (to subscribe, send a message to advancement.team@scouting.org, with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. Indicate your name, email address, and council in […]