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 Paul Tikalsky
Mar 03, 2017

How Seven Merit Badges Prepare Future Missionaries

The end of high school often marks a drastic transition for LDS boys. After tricky tests and part-time employment, the boy accepts his biggest job yet, working for God himself as a missionary.   Some parents may question: “Is my boy really ready? Has he been adequately prepared?” While I can’t answer that for you, I […]

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 […]

By Community Submission
Feb 28, 2017

Scout Show 2017, Mar 10th &11th: Sword Jousting, 360° Photo Booth, and Enthused Scouts

Kids surround a giant derby track as the race begins. A woman dressed as Elsa decorates a child’s face. A Scout holds a rifle, aiming at his target. All  were seen at Utah’s Outdoor Expo and Boy Scout Show in 2016. This year, prepare for more crazy fun sights because the event’s making a comeback. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 27, 2017

Help Fight Hunger By Scouting for Food – March 18, 2017

Beginning March 11th, Cub Scout packs will deliver Scouting for Food door hangers like the one below. Join the local Boy Scouts as they help fight hunger statewide by filling a bag with nutritious non-perishable food donations and leaving it outside your front door by 9:00 a.m. on March 18. Scouts will collect bags from 9 am […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 26, 2017

Connect Them With Heaven

Scouting’s spiritual element is overlooked sometimes. Even when part of your calling has you teaching lessons on Sunday, we don’t often take the everyday opportunities to teach heavenly things. It can be overwhelming to teach young people, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important methods you can […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Feb 24, 2017

Cub Scout Answers Same Gospel-Oriented Questions Five Years Later

I interviewed my baby brother several years ago to get his take on life and God. Now, as a ten-year-old Cub Scout, he answered the same exact questions. This time around though his answers reflected a new depth and maturity. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the interviews: Who is your favorite Book of Mormon character? […]

By Jarom Shaver
Feb 22, 2017

Do Scout Leaders Really Let the Boy Lead?

We recently received some inspirational emails from some of our Scout leaders. They wrote to us with sincerity and passion about the importance of letting boys lead. Do we as Scout leaders really allow the boy’s to lead? The Young Men General Presidency recently announced three principles of becoming an impact teacher, one of which […]

By Annaleis Smith
Feb 21, 2017

When Parents Sign the Boy Scout Youth Application

When a parent signs the BSA Youth application what does it mean?  They sign their name inside a box below the words that say: “I have read the attached information for parents and approve the application.  I affirm that I have or will review “How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parents Guide.” […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Feb 20, 2017

3 Easy Steps to Connect Scouts to Presidential Ancestors

An apostle of God challenged youth across the world to do family history work. My siblings jumped on the challenge, given by Elder Neil L. Anderson, and started searching through ancestors on FamilySearch. They dressed in Sunday best and drove to the SLC temple before school started. I remember my freshman sister begging my mom […]

By Melany Gardner
Feb 19, 2017

Be With Them

There’s a lot to learn when working with Young Men in the Church. There’s program stuff like Scouting and Duty to God, Sunday lessons, or just getting to the know the youth in the first place. It can be overwhelming, but recently the Young Men General Presidency introduced three principles that outline the most important […]

By Dae Richey
Feb 18, 2017

Council Rentals Now Available!

Want decorations for your Scouting Ceremony? Need some equipment for weekend campouts? Well, look no further. Rentals are now available at the Utah National Parks Council. Visit the Outdoor Center to view numerous choices available to make a Court of Honor, pack meeting, Blue and Gold Banquet, or even an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony look […]

By Maria Milligan
Feb 17, 2017

Program Planning Resources

Last year, the Council held three Little Philmont training conferences to help stake presidents and other church leaders use Scouting resources to help their young men to grow spiritually. Two of the key elements of this conference were creating an annual plan and using program features to have high quality, youth-led activities. Here are some […]