Category Archives: Venturing

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high adventure feature
By Steven Sutherland
Nov 16, 2015

Black Diamond Adventure Tracks Will Bring High Adventure to More Camps

At the Utah National Parks Council (UNPC) we are building on the successes of our two high adventure bases (Beaver, and Entrada) by providing new program adventures at these camps, and introducing exciting new Adventure Tracks that we call Black Diamonds, at three of our mainstream Scout camps—Tifie, Thunder Ridge, and Scofield. Read about how […]

high adventure feature
By Steven Sutherland
Nov 14, 2015

UNPC High Adventure and Black Diamond Experiences

The Utah National Parks Council is excited to announce that we are adding new high adventure programs at both of our Scout high adventure bases and three of our full-service Scout camps. Traditionally, high adventure experiences have been relegated to specialty high adventure outpost and Philmont-style Scout camps. They represent a part of a BSA […]

By Steven Baugh
Oct 29, 2015

What Scouting Has to Do with STP Oil Treatment

Consider the oil treatment product STP. Written right on the back of my bottle says that it is formulated to “reduce engine wear,” “keep vital engine parts cleaner,” “reduce oil consumption,” and “help engines run well longer.” Well, this sounds like a great cleaner for my engine, but how does this relate to Scouting? Perhaps […]

Merit Badge group
By Melany Gardner
Oct 28, 2015

Coming Soon: Online Merit Badge Courses

For over 100 years the merit badge program has taught life-long knowledge and skills to Scouts, allowing them to explore potential vocations, hobbies and interests. Technology and learning styles have changed dramatically since 1911, but the principles taught through merit badges remains relevant today. To make merit badge courses more engaging for today’s youth, the Utah […]

EXPO Feature
By Ryan Bertram
Oct 19, 2015

Questions About Scout EXPO 2016?

Answers Are Here:What is a Scout Expo? The Scout Expo is a three-day event February 25-27, 2016 that is a signature Scouting event. It brings together Scouts and community organizations from throughout Utah County to provide a day of intergenerational family fun through hands-on exhibits, competitions and displays. The purpose of the Utah County Scout Expo is […]

sailing academy feature
By Steven Sutherland
Oct 17, 2015

Sailing Academy—Come Sail Away at Scofield Scout Camp

Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch launched an exciting new Adventure Track this summer called the Sailing Academy. Adventure Tracks, new in 2015, are two-day experiences that combine technical merit badge requirements with challenging and exciting outdoor activities and team building skills. Adventure Tracks are classified like ski runs—green, blue, and black diamond (e.g., […]

Venturing Feature
By Darryl Alder
Oct 16, 2015

Understanding Venturer Aged Youth

Have you ever stopped to ask: “Why do you think older youth and young adults want to join a crew…your Venturing crew?” Not many LDS leaders have to ask that question because the youth come with the “calling,” but do they really join the crew? So often this age group loses interest in Scouting and […]

River Rafting feature
By Community Submission
Oct 12, 2015

Scouting High Adventure on the Amtrak Train

It can be hard to keep priest-age youth participating in Scouting. One obvious way is to include high adventure activities that interest the young men. Here’s how our ward created a high adventure tradition that continues to excite and engage our older young men. It has been over ten years now since the Mount Loafer […]

On Target Inspiration
By Community Submission
Oct 08, 2015

Time to Get Ready for OT

It’s scheduling time again. As you plan your yearly calendar, don’t forget to set aside July 16th for Operation On Target. Operation On Target is one of my favorite activities of the year. For those of you that are unaware of what Operation On Target is, Varsity Scouts and Venturers climb the peak of their […]

venturing fun
By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 25, 2015

Venturing Officer’s Association (VOA) Help Priests Get Mission Ready

This is a continuation of our August 7th article: Why Your LDS Stake Needs a Venturing Officers’ Association Program Planning The stake VOA provides a structure and vision source for wards and branches within the stake. Core elements of Venturing complement the Aaronic Priesthood activity program through: Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth and Service (ALPS). This also […]

Unit Commissioner Patch
By Annaleis Smith
Sep 08, 2015

What is a Unit Commissioner?

What is a Unit Commissioner?  I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked that over the past 10 years.  The question is most likely to come up at roundtable as I am teaching something and in the process I say something like “and your Unit Commissioner can help you…”.  Inevitably someone will […]

world scout jamboree feature
By Tony Woodard
Sep 07, 2015

Little White Strings – My Experience at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree

When you arrive at a World Jamboree, there are little strings on the ground outlining your campsite.  For all intents and purposes, these may as well be international borders.  We were camped next to Scouts from the Netherlands, Taiwan, Spain, New Zealand, Germany, UK, France, and Libya.  Down the road were scouts from Nigeria, Hong […]