Category Archives: Venturing

UVU
By Andrew Olsen
Nov 21, 2014

Basketball Scout Night—UVU vs. Utah State Dec. 13th

Join us for our first UVU Scout Night on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Come watch the UVU Men’s Basketball team take on Utah State! Get discounted tickets for just $4 with 50% of ticket sales goes back to support local Scouting! That means $2 of very ticket comes back to support Scouting in the […]

Program Features
By Darryl Alder
Nov 15, 2014

Using the New “Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews”

We have been waiting for many months now, but it’s here: Volume 1 of Program Features for troops, Teams and Crews—a Guide to Program Planning. This compilation  has sixteen program features divided into six program groups, including these subjects: Outdoor Programs –  Camping –  Climbing and Rappelling –  Geocaching –  Hiking –  Outdoor Ethics – […]

tent in snow
By Ken Cluff
Nov 14, 2014

Winter Tent Camping (Part 2)

(This part two of a two part series. Click here for part one.) Preparing the campsite After you have reached the place where you want to camp for the night, use your snowshoes to pack down the snow in the spot where you’re going to pitch the tent. You may want to take the time to build a […]

Ranger
By Scouting Magazine
Nov 10, 2014

Use Winter to Help Your Venturers Earn the Ranger Award

Nothing attracts young people to Venturing as much as the outdoors adventure, and nothing demonstrates a Venturer’s outdoor expertise as much as the Ranger Award. Thinking back to my youth I craved the activities that this program offers, which include eight challenging core requirements and 18 electives: Core Requirements First Aid Emergency Preparedness Leave No Trace […]

Pulking
By Ken Cluff
Nov 08, 2014

Winter Tent Camping (Part 1)

Varsity Scout Snowshoers and/or Cross-Country skiers can see and experience amazing things when we take day-long treks through the snowy woods, but when we extend our snowshoeing or skiing trip overnight we will experience an entirely new winter outdoors. But who would want to carry all that gear through the snow, only to spend the night in a tiny tent? […]

pumpkin
By Community Submission
Oct 31, 2014

Scouter Mom Program Archives: Halloween

Scare up some fun with these Halloween related ideas. Whether you are having a Halloween themed Pack meeting or a Troop Halloween campout or a Crew Halloween party, you will find some new ideas here. Carve the Pumpkin Halloween Song  If you have a den meeting or pack meeting near Halloween, then this song is a […]

mountain board
By Ken Cluff
Oct 11, 2014

High Adventure Mountainboarding

The best high-adventure treks are planned, and carried out by our Varsity Scout youth. This high-adventure activity on mountain boarding can provide positive learning experiences to help your young men to mature and to prepare them to become responsible adults. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high […]

A waterpocket deep inside the Black Hole of White Canyon. White Canyon, Utah.
By Ken Cluff
Sep 18, 2014

The “Black Hole” in White Canyon

Our older Varsity Scouts consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. We need to plan and safely carry out high-adventure treks. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high on Scouting and in the Church. High adventure challenges and inspires our young men, and broadens their leadership skills. This is why […]

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By Daily Herald
Sep 10, 2014

Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333

  OREM – Venture Crew adviser Darrin Mellor stood and grinned from his garage while watching about a dozen 18- to 19-year-old boys building kayaks. Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333. They seem to ebb and flow from Mellor’s Orem home working on various stages of preparing their one-man kayaks. One is just piecing together […]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 01, 2014

New Venture Awards

The official release of the Venturing program update occured at the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting in May. It has taken two years to complete the revision, and if you want a glimpse into the future, click this link to a video with the national Venturing president and the president of the Boy Scouts of […]

no tier
By Scouting Magazine
Aug 28, 2014

Make your own Hudson Bay bread

Try this hearty “bread”—that’s more like a granola bar—when you’re out on the trail. It’s filling, high in needed calories, and it tastes great when slathered with peanut butter or jelly (or both!). Hudson Bay bread is a signature trail snack at Northern Tier. HUDSON BAY BREAD  1½ lbs. margarine or butter 4 cups sugar […]

yield
By Ken Cluff
Jul 25, 2014

Common Courtesy on the Trail

It is important to recognize that others’ idea of recreation may be different than our own in Varsity Scouting, and to show both courtesy and patience. Cyclists should ride in control on shared trails while hikers should be prepared to step to the side of the trail to give cyclists as much room as possible. Horse riders get the right of way in virtually every circumstance, but […]

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By Ken Cluff
Jul 23, 2014

Sandboarding at Little Sahara Sand Dunes

At 60,000 acres, there’s a lot to see the in Little Sahara sand dunes area. But some Varsity Scout teams make the drive there for one reason: sandboarding the dunes. You get all the thrill of SNOWBOARDING at a fraction of the cost. That’s sandboarding. But there are trade-offs when swapping white powder for tan […]

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By Bob Gowans
Jul 19, 2014

Our Stake Encampment at the Beaver High Adventure Base

As a Bishopric we are constantly looking for opportunities to provide spiritually uplifting and edifying opportunities for our youth. A couple of years ago our Stake attended the Beaver High Adventure Base.  Each day during our time at camp the Stake Young Men’s Presidency provided a well-planned fireside for all our attending wards.  Each was […]

Scout Training Ensign feature
By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jun 23, 2014

Scout Training Was the Answer

“Scout training changed me; more important, it changed the young men.” While serving as the bishop of my ward, I thought I was too busy to attend Scout training. As a result, after being released as bishop and called as Varsity coach, I wasn’t sure what a Varsity coach was or did. What I did […]

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By Ken Cluff
Jun 04, 2014

Boat Camping

Let’s include all kinds of water craft, canoes, kayaks, power boats and inflatable rafts. Time spent on the water and at a primitive camp is unforgettable and cherished Varsity Scout time together. The Program Feature book (see canoe camping and Safety a Float) has a vast amount of information and covers this activity quite well. (Also note the float trips at Utahscouts.org) […]

program update
By Darryl Alder
Jun 03, 2014

The Venturing Experience: New Updates

In late May, I attended the National Council Meeting in Nashville, TN, where I learned about the next generation of Venturing, which rolls out in July 2014 and fully replaces the old program by the end of the year. Annaliese Parker, National Venturing President and Charles Dahlquist, National Venturing Task Force Chairman explained that many Venturers are not interested in advancement or awards they […]