Category Archives: Venturing

All about Venturing.

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 […]

By Darryl Alder
Aug 31, 2015

Gorp has its Day!

Ok, it’s National Trail Mix Day in the USA, but… in New Zealand its called scroggin (Sultanas, Chocolate, Raisins and Other Goody-Goodies Including Nuts) and though city folk call it trail mix, us backcountry hikers know it as gorp. “Gorp?”, you ask and I say yes! In doing a bit of research for this post, I came across a new […]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 30, 2015

The Chartered Partner, an LDS Invention

The history and power of chartered organizations in shaping and developing the BSA offers a clear picture of our partnership with other institutions. While many world Scouting organizations do not charter their programs to partners, ever since May, 1913, this has been BSA’s business model; this after allowing the LDS Church’s M.I.A. Scouts to affiliate with the National Council […]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 28, 2015

Priests Quorums and the Venturing Program

Last year at the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting held at the Philmont Training Center, LDS Church leaders set out to help Stake Presidents learn how to better use the Venturing program. During the week, the General Young Mens Presidency helped leaders understand key principles for planning and implementing Venturing activities and explain how […]

Cub Scout Roundtable
By Annaleis Smith
Aug 18, 2015

Why I go to Roundtable

Roundtable –  Isn’t it just “one more meeting”?  I don’t have time to go to Roundtable.  I’ve been a Scout leader for SO long I just don’t get anything out of Roundtable anymore. I went to Roundtable once and it was… boring, silly, confusing—pick your adjective. I was told I don’t need to go to […]

Philmont baldy feature
By Ryan Bertram
Aug 14, 2015

2015 Council Contingent 611-V Conquers Baldy Mountain

(Pictured left: youth Crew Leader Kobe Black contemplating the route to Baldy Mountain in the distance) Ryan Bertram, Contingent Advisor, wrote this introduction to their adventure this summer: From June 10-24, 2015, eight youth and four adults from the Utah National Parks Council completed an 11-day, 84-mile backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. This […]

timp feature
By Brad Harris
Aug 09, 2015

A Boy and a Mountain

Twenty years ago I climbed Mt. Timpanogos for the first and only time in my life. I was forty-five and in the best shape of my life. The climb was more grueling than any marathon I had run, but an adventure I’ll never forget. That is why I had to share this post from Brad’s […]

Venturing Activity Cover
By Utah National Parks Council
Aug 07, 2015

Why Your LDS Stake Needs a Venturing Officers’ Association

Venturing Leadership beyond the Crew Venturing offers leadership training while engaging youth in interest-based activities. When properly implemented as the activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood, Venturing serves to: Retain Young Men in the Aaronic Priesthood Prepare Young Men with Leadership Skills Increase the ordination rate to the Melchizedek Priesthood Effective stake-led VOAs provide additional […]

By Ali Mohammad
Aug 05, 2015

Catch a Great Deal at the Orem Scout Shop!

Catch a great deal at the Orem Scout Shop Aug 10 – Oct 25. Save 10% off your purchase when you buy a complete uniform.   Author:  Ali Mohammad | Senior Store Manager Supply Group l Orem Scout Shop 748 North 1340 West | Orem, UT 84057 P 801.221.1008 | F 801.850.5332

I love solar
By Darryl Alder
Jul 31, 2015

I Love Solar

Last summer our AC went out. Being the enterprising person she is, my wife grabbed a tin can, a styrofoam cooler, my GoalZero Whisper Fan and a bag of ice. Fifteen minutes later she marches into the room with a portable, homemade air conditioner—don’t knock it, it worked for a few hours. As soon as the house AC was […]

Entrada High Adventure
By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 20, 2015

Membership Policy Change: What it Means for Scouting in the UNPC

Thank you for you continued support of the Scouting program. It is only with your support that we are able to deliver the nation’s foremost youth development program to our community. At the 2015 BSA National Annual Meeting in May, our national president, Dr. Robert M. Gates, encouraged the Scouting family to reflect on the challenges […]

By Community Submission
Jul 18, 2015

“What’s for Breakfast?”

(This is part three in a six part series) Just in time for your Troop’s Pioneer Day Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A long day of hiking or camp activities must be started with a meal that “sticks to your ribs.” Here are a few ideas for using […]