Category Archives: Venturing

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Timberline Feature
By Darryl Alder
May 22, 2015

Robert Gates—a Testamonial of NYLT

When he was thirteen, Robert M. Gates, Eagle Scout, former defense secretary and former CIA director and current  BSA President, went to BSA’s National Junior Leader Training (JLT) Program at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Of the training he said: “It was the only formal management course I’ve ever had in my life. Can you imagine […]

Olympic Feature
By Darryl Alder
May 16, 2015

Why Participate in Olympic Day 2015?

To help your unit get SCOUTStrong join in Olympic Day events this June Many Varsity Scout Teams and Venturing Crews have a sports focus. Combine this with the worldwide Olympic Day held annually on June 23, and you’ve got a great month of activities and service. For example Cub Scout Olympics, is always a great pack activity, but when your […]

youth protection feature
By Melany Gardner
May 11, 2015

Important Youth Protection Policy Changes

There is no more important part of the Scouting program than the protection of our youth members. Experience has proven the best way to accomplish this is to provide effective training on a continuing basis to all adults involved in Scouting at every level with no exceptions. Only when everyone is involved and trained in youth […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
May 10, 2015

What does it mean to be a Scout Mom?

Mothers play a huge role in Scouting. From spending endless hours driving to pow wows and merit badge classes, to sewing on patches and preparing for camp. Scout moms are always there for their Scouts. To celebrate their love, enthusiasm and encouraging words we want to share with you what other moms think about holding the honored […]

Summit Award
By Boy Scouts of America
May 01, 2015

Venturing Summit Award Service Project Workbook Relaesed

Requirement 8 for the new Venturing Summit Award instructs candidates to plan and conduct a service project as described in the Venturing Summit Award Service Project Workbook, No. 512-938. The workbook, posted at, is ready for use, and provides the additional detail candidates must understand to fulfill the requirement. Before work on a project […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 27, 2015

The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety

Few youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume, and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in […]

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By Adrian
Apr 25, 2015

Philmont: a Right of Passage for Troop 411

Every couple of years, Troop 411 (Hilltop Methodist Church in Sandy, UT) sends a crew or two for a Philmont trek. It is a grueling, but remarkable experience for both the Scouts and their adult leaders. We wanted to give some of our participants a chance to share a little bit about their experience. This […]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 24, 2015

Top Ten Things Leaders Can Do to Keep LDS Scout Units Safe!!

For those who enjoy[ed] watching David Letterman on late night television as he discloses his now-famous “top ten” lists . . . here are my Top Ten – best practice applications of existing Scout and Church-based programs. By following these ten tips, you can help keep young men and leaders safe during Scout-related activities. These […]

LDS Feature
By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 17, 2015

The Safety Moment

Outdoor high adventure activities are often filled with fun exhilarating experiences and sometimes with potential risks and life-threatening dangers. Risk is one aspect of the outdoor activity that creates adventure; however, too much risk can move the activity from adventure to serious injury or even death. Human interaction or lack of action is often a […]

By Paul Riley
Apr 15, 2015

How to Have Safe High Adventure Activities for a New Scout Leader

I was asked to serve as the Chair of the Utah National Parks Council Risk Management Committee this last year.  I enjoy this assignment since Loss Control and Risk Management have been in integral part of my professional career for almost 25 years.  I also grew up in Scouting and have served as a Chartered […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 13, 2015

Two-deep Leadership in Cyberspace?

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse apply in cyberspace: Youth Protection policies extend into cyberspace. There should be no one-on-one online or digital activities (games, social media, etc.) or electronic communications. Leaders should include or copy a parent or another leader in all online communications, ensuring no one-on-one contact exists in text, social media or other forms of […]

safety COPE feature
By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Apr 12, 2015

Safe Church Activities

This article is taken directly from the Safe Church Activities website. By planning effectively and following safety precautions, leaders can minimize the risk of accidents. Activities should include appropriate training and proper supervision. Safety through Planning and Relying on the Spirit Steve Thelin, rocket scientist and Scout leader, takes his Scouts on a camping and […]

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By Bob Gowans
Apr 11, 2015

Time is Running Out to Register for Camp!

Camping and outdoor experiences are what young men get involved in Scouting for, but time is running out to sign up. The outdoor experience is essential in instilling in these young men the values Scouting offers and teaches. The Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America offers a tremendous variety of camping opportunities, everything from […]

Pictures in the News: Sochi, Russia
By Randell Keys
Apr 10, 2015

Freezing Fun

Utah National Parks Council Venturing Biathlon A couple of years ago I was running the Venturing Biathlon that was held at Miller Flat along Skyline Drive in Central Utah. The staff and I had set up the shooting stations, food and ski areas and were beginning to have participants check in. We have had in […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 10, 2015

Which of These Belong Together?

Safety, Apostasy and Restoration If you are an LDS crew advisor, it might be all three. How, you ask? April’s suggested program feature is Safety (see Chapter 14 of Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews) and this month’s Come, Follow Me theme of “Apostasy and Restoration,” that means we have some thinking to do. Getting ready for my Sunday […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 08, 2015

BSA Checklists are Essential Tools

Every campout begins the same way for me. I print out an equipment checklist that contains all of my essentials, e.g., tent, clothes, and toiletries. Over the years, my checklist has grown to cover different campouts and activities. Without it, I simply cannot remember everything and I risk forgetting a creature comfort, or worse yet, […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 07, 2015

Tour Plans for Dummies FAQ

Chapter 1  explained what a tour plan is and Chapter 2, when to use one. In Chapter 3 we described two ways to submit a tour plan, in Chapter 4 we explained common submission failures and in Chapter 5 we covered the principles you’ll need to follow on a tour or activity.  (NOTE: with the use of Dummies in the […]

Scout Family
By Boy Scouts of America
Apr 06, 2015

How Young is Too Young for Scout Adventure?

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Camping The Boy Scouts of America has established the following guidelines for its members’ participation in camping activities: Overnight camping by Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scout dens as dens is not approved, and certificates of liability insurance will not be provided by the Boy Scouts of America. Tiger Cubs, with […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 06, 2015

Tour Plans for Dummies Chapter 5

Chapter 1  explained what a tour plan is and Chapter 2, when to use one. In Chapter 3 we described two ways to submit a tour plan, and in Chapter 4 we explained common submission failures.  (NOTE: with the use of Dummies in the title, there is no disrespect meant, this is just a primer for the neophyte.) GUIDE TO […]