Category Archives: Venturing

All about Venturing.

By Darryl Alder
Jun 10, 2017

Where To Go Camping: Wasatch Mountain State Park Camp Ground

Wasatch Mountain State Park, the state’s oldest park, is in Heber Valley and is both a summer and winter destination. Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic winter venue is located at the park’s south end, and is open year-round for summer and winter activities, including biathlon, cross-country skiing, tubing, mountain biking, and hiking.   There are limited […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 28, 2017

Let Them Lead: Leading Reflections

Taking time to reflect on activities helps youth feel the spirit, express their feelings, and find meaning in the things they are experiencing. Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught: “May we then do . . . what Nephi did when studying the scriptures, namely, to ‘liken all scriptures’ unto ourselves (1 Nephi 19:23). This is something […]

By Steven Baugh
May 28, 2017

Elder Holland: “Don’t read more into this change than there is.”

That was the theme of Elder Holland’s comments at an LDS reception last Thursday at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting.  Elder Holland thanked those in attendance for their continued support of Scouting and in helping shape BSA’s future.  It’s important to continue to encourage others in good pursuits like Scouting, according to Holland.  He asked those in attendance […]

By Mac McIntire
May 22, 2017

Scouting Connects Young Men to Heaven

One of my favorite writers of the LDS BSA Blog is Mac McIntire. He has contributed 80 posts to the blog. In his most recent blog post, he opened by quoting Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, who said, “Scouting is not about awards; it’s about experiences; it’s …experiences that matter.” Then Mac wrote: […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 21, 2017

Let Them Lead: Finding Your Vision

  In order to reach your eternal potential and do the work the Lord has for you, you need to have a vision of your eternal destiny and what success truly looks like in the eyes of the Lord. Having this vision is the first step to achieving your goals and inheriting eternal life. President […]

By Darryl Alder
May 17, 2017

Wilderness First Aid—What It Is and Why Should You Care?

Last spring Maria Milligan and I found ourselves together training in First Aid; Maria is a certified lifeguard with Red Cross. As a former Army Medic, I maintain my certification through our BSA partnership with ECSI. When Scoutmaster Austin Rose called to schedule a course for himself, I suggested we include the whole troop. Usually it’s no […]

By Boy Scouts of America
May 15, 2017

Using Safety Moments in Scouting Activities

What do nuclear power plants, construction sites, aircraft carriers, and many hospitals have in common with Scouting? All constantly look for ways to eliminate potentially life threatening or fatal hazards. One tool used by many safety-conscious groups is a safety moment at the beginning of a meeting or activity. You start with a pause to […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 11, 2017

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT —  On May 11, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced, “the Church will no longer charter Varsity or Venturing units with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada effective January 1, 2018. We express sincere appreciation and gratitude […]

By Melany Gardner
Apr 28, 2017

Take the Quiz: Where Should Your Scout Go Camping This Summer?

Camp is only a few more weeks out. Do you know where you’re going to for Scout camp yet? Have your Scouts take the following quiz to see what Utah National Parks Council camp jives with their likes and personality.      Possible Answers: Tifie Scout Camp: Tifie Scout Camp is a full featured summer […]

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 21, 2017

Using the New Nature Trail at JJ

At the LDS Young Men 14–18 Activities site, it suggests that to build spirituality you: “Go on a hike or nature walk to explore and enjoy the beauties of Heavenly Father’s creations. Give opportunity for the youth to reflect on their feelings and think about the world that Heavenly Father has given us. Invite the […]

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 […]