Category Archives: Venturing

All about Venturing.

Kings Peak climb
By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 29, 2015

Leaving Jerusalem, an Ultimate Adventure

The month of April, The Boy Scout will focus on the fourth pillar: Be prepared by learning to do hard things. A young man will gain confidence, learn leadership skills and prepare for the future as a son of God. The key word is: confidence, which a boy gains by doing hard things. Rondo Fehlberg, President of the Utah National Parks Council. BSA tells […]

Crew Adult Patches
By Darryl Alder
Mar 20, 2015

Is Large Group Training Dead for Venturing?

For Venture Advisors and Committee Members the answer is probably yes! So what’s  a trainer to do? It time to train the trainer, and whole lot more of them with The Trainer’s EDGE. You will probably need one per LDS Stake, but even better would be the Commissioner service in a stake all becoming trainers. In this […]

Entrada High Adventure
By Ken Cluff
Mar 19, 2015

What is High Adventure?

Many High Adventure program opportunities exist for experienced, older Varsity Scouts.   High Adventure is the culmination of all of the things that Boy Scouting has taught the boy: character development, citizenship, and personal fitness. It is also the ultimate in outdoor experiences above and beyond the lower keyed summer camp programs. Most High adventure expeditions […]

Scout reach
By Arturo Malpica
Mar 14, 2015

Movimiento Scout Hispano

En los últimos años el programa Scout dentro de nuestra comunidad latina ha desarrollado una gran fuerza, aun con sus desafíos se ha podido infundir los principios y enseñanzas que están permitiendo que jóvenes puedan llegar a ser hombres de bien que aman a Dios, su patria, comunidad y su familia. Una sección de nuestros […]

Matt Greenfield
By Mat Greenfield
Feb 22, 2015

The REAL Problem with Scouting in the LDS Church

I’ve been fairly heavily involved in LDS Scouting for about fifteen years now. I’ve served at the unit, district, council, and national level. I’ve worked alongside parents, merit badge counselors, BSA employees, camp staff, senior council and national volunteers, and of course, youth. At this point, I’m ready to make a full declaration of what […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 20, 2015

Getting Your Crew Established

Follow these 10 simple steps to get your crew fully functioning with a purposeful, exciting, interest-based, and youth-led program highlighted with unforgettable adventures. 1-Energize Youth  Take your youth on an exciting adventure. When the setting is right ask them, “Would you like to fill the calendar with adventures like this and others that you are most […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 15, 2015

LDS Stake Venturing Officers Association

Venturing is a youth-led program. The Stake Venturing Officers Association (VOA) provides an excellent opportunity for youth to have a meaningful leadership opportunity beyond the crew. The VOA functions like a stake youth committee and parallels a mission council of zone leaders and sister leader trainers and is therefore a great preparatory leadership experience for […]

By Lenard Brunsdale
Feb 13, 2015

Wilderness Adventure and Kodiak Experiences

Wilderness Adventure and Kodiak Experience (WAKE) is an information service made available at no cost by council volunteers  to help crews plan and conduct quality super-activities “after proper training for the ultimate outdoor experience and fun” while incorporating youth leadership opportunities and Kodiak leadership training in the process.  WAKE challenges youth to “do hard things […]

Venturing Logo Square
By Boy Scouts of America
Feb 06, 2015

Venturing Program Changes Frequently Asked Questions

In an effort to address declining membership, confusion about awards, and a need for increased support in every level of Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America introduced some changes to the Venturing program in 2014. These included adopting the Scout Oath and Scout Law, a new core Venturing program and recognition, new resources, enhanced youth […]

LDS Feature
By LDS-BSA Relationships
Feb 01, 2015

Encampments and Venturing Influence Missionary Service

Highland Utah East Stake President Howard Bangerter testifies, “When young men have a vision of the miracles they will perform as missionaries, they readily accept the challenges of doing ‘hard things’ to prepare.” That vision was put to the test with the stake’s last two leadership encampments that showcased BSA’s older youth program as a […]

brian head
By Darryl Alder
Jan 30, 2015

Use Winter to Build Program for Troops, Teams and Crews

Snow, skiing and outdoor fun all combine when you work on one of Scouting’s winter sports achievements and spend the night. A great place to get a green (easiest) winter adventure is through our partner, Brian Head Resort, proud sponsor of the Snow Sports Merit Badge. Winter Sports for Troops This year they are offering a 2015 Boy […]

By Bob Gowans
Jan 24, 2015

Early Bird Camp Discount Deadline Nears

It’s almost past time to get that early discount at a Utah National Parks Council Summer Camp. Register before January 31st and receive a per person discount on the camp fees for all camps (excluding Cub Scout, Webelos, and Adventure Park camps). Spaces in the camps are filling up so its time to make that choice […]

First Aid Cover
By Maria Milligan
Jan 23, 2015

Venturing Program Features and Mission Preparation

The more I read through the new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews, the more I like the direction they are heading. I am especially excited about the progression available as youth get older and more experienced and the great hands-on experiences. Today I want to focus on the opportunities for Venture Scouts and […]

Program features
By Maria Milligan
Jan 16, 2015

Making the Most out of the New Program Features: Part 3

Once you have planned the annual conference (Part 1) and successfully held it (Part 2), you need to make sure your plan is carried out. This post will go over creating the calendar after your conference and making it useful. This includes using monthly planning as a time to check on your progress, remind everyone […]

Program features
By Maria Milligan
Jan 15, 2015

Making the Most out of the New Program Features: Part 2

Yesterday’s post about the new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews covered preparing for the annual planning conference, including setting goals. This section will cover the conference itself, including a step by step plan for conducting the meeting. This annual planning conference will set the tone for your year, and can be a great chance for […]

Program features
By Maria Milligan
Jan 14, 2015

Making the Most out of the New Program Features: Part 1

This year has brought some exciting changes for your Scouts in the form of the new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews: A Guide to Program Planning. This resource is not yet available online, but you can purchase a physical copy of Volume 1. We introduced the basics of this new guide in an article in […]

By Ken Cluff
Jan 10, 2015

Call of the Wild: Winter Camping

Exploring the wilderness in winter is a wonderful experience. You are far from the crowds, in a hushed tranquil world of white. Whether gliding through a forest of pine trees on cross-country skis or hiking up a ridge on snowshoes, winter can be a spectacular time of year.  Until you’ve experienced a perfect sunlit morning […]