Category Archives: Venturing

All about Venturing.

By Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2017

For Earth Day We Connected Them With Heaven

Last Saturday, I was with our stake at Camp Jeremiah Johnson delivering Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to 26 Scouters. Being Earth Day,  I felt pretty self-satisfied that had spent most of the day working the nature trail at this camp in Hobble Creek Canyon. It is natural for me to find God in nature; He did not disappoint. There was a […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 12, 2017

Why Your Teen Should Go To NYLT/Timberline

As a leader and parent, I cannot recommend National Youth Leadership Training enough. As a Scout, I took the youth version of the training called Junior Leader Training (JLT). I later taught it. Then, I  went on to help districts in our Council run dozens of courses, including our first coed course five years ago.  NYLT, […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 09, 2017

Ours is a Broken Culture

In the last six months, Utah National Parks Council LDS-BSA Relationships committee has hosted more than 500 Stake Presidents and Bishops at Little Philmont, a priesthood conference on Scouting. The subjects focused on how to use Scouting resources to help older young men’s programs work better for the church. For many, the conferences liberate their […]

By John Gailey
Apr 03, 2017

Going to Camp in Style!

When going to camp or a high adventure, you’ve got to go in style, right? And having a shirt that is customized to your troop/team/crew/ward is even better! Why a Common Shirt? One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, including activity shirts. Having the entire group dressed the same builds unity within […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 02, 2017

What Scout Executives Learned about Mormons from Visiting Utah

Thousands flocked streets of Temple Square in Sunday best. Some held signs hoping for tickets. Protesters settled on corners yelling through megaphones.  Meanwhile, a group of Scouting executives and professionals from across America gathered near the front of the conference center, many listening to General Conference for the first time ever. For the professional Scouters […]

By Ann Shumway
Mar 31, 2017

Cooking Merit Badge Adventures Are Back at Camp JJ

Last year, Camp Jeremiah Johnson hosted a few Cooking Merit Badge Adventures –they were so popular, they are planning another series for 2017! Scouts can now register.  The Cooking Merit Badge is Eagle required, and due to many elements it takes some time to complete. Thanks to the new Merit Badge Adventures, Scouts have a […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 27, 2017

How to Get Online BSA Registration Set Up for Your Ward

Online registration is finally here and open to everyone! Beginning immediately, the traditional paper registration is being supplanted by an easy-to-use, paperless online registration process – for both youth and adults. To begin using online applications, every unit and ward must get take a few steps to get set up with the new system. If […]

By LDS-BSA Relationships
Mar 24, 2017

Funding Your Scouting Program

Recently, Paul Jackson, Executive Secretary to the Young Men General Presidency shared his thoughts on how to fund your Scouting program. He recalled that as a Scout, though he always enjoyed hiking and camping, there was a cost in effort on his part. “I remember each time mowing lawns and doing other odd jobs to […]

By Ryan Bertram
Mar 21, 2017

Spring Mountain Bike in Red Rock Country

Mountain bike across the world-renowned “Mag 7” slick-rock trails near Moab, Utah in early April. Navigate water pockets and ledges while enjoying stunning vistas of canyons, buttes, and mesas in pleasant spring desert weather. Entrada is a high-adventure base gem that is surrounded by extraordinary red rock geological formations, beautiful desert southwest vistas, and world famous destinations: Moab […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 18, 2017

Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening Elicited Scouting Enthusiasm

The  Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening took place on Saturday March 18th, and we’d like to thank all who came.  We’d especially like to shout out to the Food Truck Underground Roundup who partnered with us to make this grand opening not only engaging but delicious. Spending a Friday evening with friends and family outside in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 17, 2017

Why We’re Having An Outdoor Center Grand Opening Party

The Food Truck Underground Roundup is here waiting for you to come to dinner: We can show you around: Our new Trading Post and Outdoor Center is located at the Orem Service Center at 748 North 1340 West, Orem Utah right next to the National BSA Scout Shop. In our ongoing attempt to better serve […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 08, 2017

Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?

The answer is yes and no. Of course, Scouting has much to offer to prospective missionaries. That’s obvious; the Church wouldn’t include it in their youth programs if it didn’t. Many of our youth even achieve the high esteemed Eagle Scout rank. However, the real questions are, why are they achieving the Eagle Scout rank? […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 07, 2017

Den Chief – How the Troop and Pack Can Help Each Other

The Troop Helps the Pack While the Pack Helps the Troop Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Patrol Leader. Troop Guide.  Den Chief. Historian. OA Rep. Librarian. Quartermaster. Bugler. Scribe. Instructor. Chaplain Aide. Webmaster. Outdoor Ethics Guide. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  According to page 420-421 of the current Boy Scout Handbook (13th Edition), these are all […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 06, 2017

Nothing Can Stop the Determined Soul

Those words spoken by Hyrum Smith, at the University of Scouting held last month at UVU, are words I have known for more that 30 years.  The power of his message in 1984 was transformational in how I managed my life; hardly a day goes by I do not use what he taught me 33 years […]

By Melany Gardner
Mar 05, 2017

Let Them Lead

Do we as Scout leaders truly let the boys lead? In Scouting or on Sunday we may catch ourselves planning, executing and ultimately undermining the leadership development of our youth. It may be hard to let go of some control and let them lead, but understanding that our purpose is in teaching and advising, we can guide our young men to become leaders in every part of their lives. It […]

By Community Submission
Mar 02, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 18: Trip Safety & Insurance

TASK: Learn about the Tour and Activity Planning process and Insurance Be alert to safety issues when you participate in, travel, and execute Varsity Scouting and Teachers Quorum activities. What do you have in place that allows you to review and consider the safest approach to your activities? When should you and your committee prepare […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 01, 2017

Why Guide to Advancement is the Best Source on Policy

Recently, the Troop Leader’s Guidebook, Volume II was released with an error under ‘Alternative Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank’ on page 156. It stated: “3. The candidate must complete as many of the requirements of the required merit badges as his ability permits.” This is an incorrect statement and will be corrected in the next […]