Category Archives: LDS Scouting

All about Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

By Darryl Alder
Jun 19, 2017

Let Them Lead: Developing your Team

The Lord has commanded us to “be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” We have been given the challenge and great blessing to work with those around us to build the kingdom of God and become more like our Heavenly Father. President Eyring teaches, “[God] has established classes wards, and […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jun 17, 2017

Look Out Camp Thunder Ridge, Here Come the Warriors

It was the second night of our first week of camp at Camp Thunder Ridge 2017.  And the scene was a campwide flag ceremony. Troop 26 had volunteered to present the ceremony.   I was their assigned camp commissioner but it was at this flag ceremony that they really got my attention. I knew that they […]

By Elder Dale Munk
Jun 14, 2017

To Friends of Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council

Thank you for your kind support of Scouting and the young men it serves. Over 56,000 families contributed to the Church’s 2016 “Friends of Scouting Drive” for the Utah National Parks Council. A year has passed, and families may again respond to the First Presidency’s invitation to participate in the annual Friends of Scouting drive […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 13, 2017

Solving the Camping Dilemma for 11-Year-Old Scouts

Of all the Scouting positions I have done, (I have held every unit leader position), I like the New Scout Patrol the best. However, this patrol in troops around the BSA face all kinds of challenges helping Cub Scouts make the transition from Webelos to Boy Scouting. But, in the LDS Church we face a whole other […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 11, 2017

Let Them Lead: Setting Your Goals

Goal setting involves more than just wishing or dreaming. As President Thomas S. Monson has taught: “Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion” (“To the Rescue,” Ensign, May 2001, 49). Prepare yourself spiritually Meaningful goals […]

By Natalie Scherck
Jun 08, 2017

Boy Scout Camp for the Whole Ward and Stake?

A Pleasant Grove ward gathers together on a beautiful Thursday morning to pray. They arrived at Tifie Scout Camp on Monday with 59 youth and over a dozen adult leaders. As they stand, the young woman praying asks specifically that they will not be “too hurt or too tired.” They have had many memorable (and apparently […]

By Sidney Rasmussen
Jun 05, 2017

Girls Camp at Boys Camp

As of this summer, I will be attending Girls Camp at Camp Shalom for the 4th year, but I never thought I would already be at girls camp a month before! How has this happened? Well… let me tell you. I happened to find out some family background and got to know my dad’s cousin. He just happened to be one […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 04, 2017

Let Them Lead: Communicating Well

In order to do the work the Lord has for you, you need to know how to speak, and learn to recognize what messages you send with your body language and voice inflection. “Heavenly Father has given us a priceless gift in our capacity to communicate with each other. Our communications are at the core […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 03, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Buck Hollow Scout Ranch

Buck Hollow is a beautifully forested property with streams, local wildlife, and many great opportunities for adventure and fun!  Because of its deer population, it was quickly dubbed Buck Hollow by campers and staff and has served new Scouts for most of those years. But, for the last few has added a Webelos Wilderness Adventure. […]

By Darryl Alder
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 Colin Wylie
May 19, 2017

An Unusual Introduction to Scouting

Each person’s journey through Scouting is different, but this is especially the case for the Liu family from Troop 51 in Provo District. Lyncy Liu resides in Provo, and her son Regan (11) is an active member of his Boy Scout troop. She feels that his experience in Scouting has helped him develop as a better […]

By Madison Austin
May 16, 2017

Girl’s Camp at Boy Scout Camp

Throughout my young teenage years, there was one thing that was a constant in my life. No arguing about it, Girl’s Camp happened every summer. My first year or so, I dreaded camp. I did not look forward to a week without showers in the humid forests of Northern Virginia. As I got older, however, […]

By Colin Wylie
May 14, 2017

Life Lessons from My Scouting Mom

Each year in May, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the significant role of motherhood. We buy cards, flowers and often will make breakfast in bed. In Scouting, we recognize the critical influence that our Scouting Moms have on the development of the individual and the planting of faith in each Scout. Like in […]

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 Darryl Alder
May 07, 2017

Woolen Socks and the Holy Ghost

Looking back it was a pretty miserable campout, but I was determined to do my part in offering our Scouts a bit of privation. After reading Jarom Shaver’s “Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?” in March, I wanted to test his thesis.  Now, ours is troop that camps nearly every month. Matt Johnson, our Scoutmaster, is great […]