Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

All about Varsity Scouting.

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 […]

By Debbie Spoons
Feb 11, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

Scout leaders, get ready for Spring and 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. Two Courses Available in Springville and […]

By Ali Mohammad
Feb 08, 2017

New Council Uniform Exchange Provides Cheaper Alternatives

Being the oldest of three boys, I was always the first to get a new Scout shirt. But, my brothers got my hand-me-downs since we couldn’t always afford a new uniform. My shirts were always one size too big, and I wore them till they were two sizes too small. It was always like the Goldilocks story with my […]

By Annaleis Smith
Feb 06, 2017

Upcoming Commissioner Training

Even Commissioners need training. Whether you are a District Commissioner, ADC, Unit Commissioner or Roundtable Commissioner, training exists for you.   This training is for stake leaders asked to help in the Scouting program–High Council members over YM and Primary, Stake YM Presidencies, Stake Primary Presidencies and others. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new […]

By Jon Spencer
Feb 04, 2017

Youth Leadership College Coming to University of Scouting

Calling all youth! If you’re looking to become a better leader in your school, family, sports or church, come to the University of Scouting’s new Youth Leadership College February 18th, 7:30 am – 4 pm at the Orem LDS Institute on UVU campus. Register today at utahscouts.org/uos Whether you are the class president or the […]

LDS/BSA Relationship
By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 31, 2017

LDS Church Responds to New Scout Policy on Transgender Youth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded today to BSA’s new policy allowing transgender boys to participate in the program. The church said the following regarding the policy change: “The Church is studying the announcement made yesterday by Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouts has assured its religious chartering organizations that, as in […]

By Kent Hansen
Jan 30, 2017

Looking for Help with Varsity Scouts?

Coaches Attention: Every boy deserves a trained leader and you can get yours and other updates at the University of Scouting this February 18th at UVU. Participants can choose all seven courses designed for Varsity Scouting to help team leaders improve unit operations and programs. These sessions can apply to earning Scouting degrees. Each session is led by experienced Scouters […]

By Kent Hansen
Jan 27, 2017

Tired of Looking for Help?

If you are tired of trying to figure out Scout solutions on your own, the University of Scouting is the place to get help.This year’s event will take place on February 18th from 8 am to 4 pm with Hyrum Smith as the keynote speaker. The faculty, staff and administration have assembled an amazing program year with […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 25, 2017

16 Cold Weather Camping Tips

Snowdrifts have a habit of swallowing up unattended camping gear. Melted snow can soak  unprotected clothing, equipment and food.  But, with each winter camping trip,  you will figure out a few more ways to make your cold weather adventures more rewarding. Here are a few winter camping tips from the Fieldbook: Organize provisions and extra clothing […]

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jan 22, 2017

Be Prepared to Be the Next Generation’s Impact Teachers

Young Men General President Brother Stephen W. Owen addressed leaders of teenage boys in a recent LDS news articled titled “Help Develop Next Generation of ‘Impact Teachers’”. Published January 19, 2017, it has important messages for LDS Scouts and Scout Leaders. He explains the vital role of  a leader in young men’s lives. Most Boy […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 19, 2017

Varsity Scout Leader’s Day Book–Day 14: Practice 2-Deep Leadership

The Task: Understand and use BSA’s 2- deep policy, making sure at least two adults supervise all Scouting activities.  The BSA’s top-notch Youth Protection training includes a number of Barriers to Abuse.These policies, which you can review here, provide additional safety for your child and all who are involved in Scouting. One of these policies is two-deep […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Jan 13, 2017

How to Survive High School with the Aid of Varsity Scouting

The first semester of Freshman year is over–and  everything’s getting way too crazy. Your math teacher started writing letters across the board (when did math become a language?). You’re having a hard time telling apart the teachers and the seniors. And, why are you stuck on the JV sports teams for the next two years? […]

By Jarom Shaver
Jan 09, 2017

All My Mission Companions Were Eagle Scouts

Last December marked my four-year anniversary of coming home from my mission. Spain was marvelous, as you may imagine. I was blessed with two great mission presidents and 11 outstanding mission companions. I could not have asked for better long-lasting relationships than those I gained while arduously serving the Lord with these faithful priesthood holders. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

2020 Strategic Issues (updated for 2017)

Top Ten Concerns for 2020 Vision Better service to our key sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their leadership expects trained leaders, understanding of Scouting’s value proposition, and better communication  Adapt Scouting for LDS purposes, including: Church leaders will, as always, select their own Scout leaders based on church standards. BSA employees and volunteers are […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

2017 Internal/External Analysis

Utah National Parks SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS Scouting programs helps leaders “Be With Them“—our outdoor programs concentrate the quality of that time. A Scout’s duty to God “Connects Them With Heaven.” We help youth become spiritually prepared by developing testimonies of Christ and the gospel by their duty to God. Scouting prepares boys to lead; the patrol method “Lets Them Lead” […]