Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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By Boy Scouts of America
May 15, 2017

Using Safety Moments in Scouting Activities

What do nuclear power plants, construction sites, aircraft carriers, and many hospitals have in common with Scouting? All constantly look for ways to eliminate potentially life threatening or fatal hazards. One tool used by many safety-conscious groups is a safety moment at the beginning of a meeting or activity. You start with a pause to […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 11, 2017

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT —  On May 11, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced, “the Church will no longer charter Varsity or Venturing units with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada effective January 1, 2018. We express sincere appreciation and gratitude […]

By Darryl Alder
May 08, 2017

Utah Lake is for Merit Badges

Five years ago, Lee Hansen wrote a paper for the council suggesting potential campsite around Utah Lake. In the months after he wrote it, he took me on a tour around the lake looking at potential campsites. He shared his research with us in a paper entitled: “Potential Sites for Scout Camps Near Utah Lake.” As […]

By Tony Woodard
Apr 29, 2017

Characteristics of Good Eagle Service Projects

Eagle Projects are a hobby of mine.  I have been studying them for over 20 years.  I have friends from around the country and around the world that send me stories of Eagle projects that they feel are genuinely outstanding. Several years ago, I started asking myself “What do all of these awesome projects have in […]

By Melany Gardner
Apr 28, 2017

Take the Quiz: Where Should Your Scout Go Camping This Summer?

Camp is only a few more weeks out. Do you know where you’re going to for Scout camp yet? Have your Scouts take the following quiz to see what Utah National Parks Council camp jives with their likes and personality.      Possible Answers: Tifie Scout Camp: Tifie Scout Camp is a full featured summer […]

By Stewart Schow
Apr 27, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 26—Set the Example

Task: Commit yourself to setting the example for your team. Set the Example. These are words we hear all the time. It’s in the Program Advisers instruction, the Coach’s and Assistant Coach’s instructions, the Captains instruction, as well as co-captain and program managers.   So, why is being an example so important to Scout Leadership […]

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 Darryl Alder
Apr 21, 2017

Using the New Nature Trail at JJ

At the LDS Young Men 14–18 Activities site, it suggests that to build spirituality you: “Go on a hike or nature walk to explore and enjoy the beauties of Heavenly Father’s creations. Give opportunity for the youth to reflect on their feelings and think about the world that Heavenly Father has given us. Invite the […]

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 […]