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 LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 01, 2017

Don’t be the April Fool This Month or Anytime Ever

The Character of Safety Last month, a member of LDS Church Risk Management Team, shared his thoughts on using character to keep our youth safe. His article is a great way to open our April “Scout Safe” emphasis. He said: It takes some effort to build the character necessary to avoid making unwise decisions, especially given the pressures an […]

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 Stewart Schow
Mar 30, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 22: Stop, Start, Continue

TASK: learn how to use BSA’s simple start, stop and continue method of self evaluation. In an article written for the George Lucas Educational Foundation posted by David Hawley and published November 2015 in Edutopia, he wrote: “Humanity cannot wait for students to graduate—whether or not they are in International Baccalaureate® schools—and get stated on doing things that […]

By Jarom Shaver
Mar 28, 2017

Educating Families on Cub Scouts

More often than you would think, boys get thrust into Cub Scouts without their family knowing the basic x’s and o’s of Cub Scouting. Besides dropping their boys off, some parents don’t really understand how it works and what they are supposed to be doing. If the parents are lost and confused, you can only […]

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 Paul Tikalsky
Mar 26, 2017

Walk, Bike, or Ride: Transportation Merit Badges for Mission Travel

My oldest son Bryan was called to the Buenos Aires Argentina South mission. Each day, he walked an average of 12 miles. He needed to be prepared for the physical exertion of walking and hiking.  Similarly, many missionaries will utilize various transportation methods throughout their missions. They will be required to navigate around a new […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Mar 25, 2017

How Teenage Girls Started Our First Female Jamboree Crew

Utah National Parks Council has never sent a group of girls to Jamboree, but this summer seven teenage girls and two women are about to trek eastward as the council’s first girls crew ever. The idea began when Hannah Johnston, age fifteen at the time, had a simple conversation with her father.  “He said ‘Hey, […]

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 Community Submission
Mar 23, 2017

How Varsity Scouting Prepares Missionaries

 President Don Atkinson, former mission president and then SLC mission presidency counselor, delivered an inspiring one hour interactive presentation to Varsity Scout Leaders  in the San Diego Imperial Council. Though a few years old, since this month’s pillar is missionary prep, we’d like to reflect back on his words.    He used the Scout Oath […]

By David Johnson
Mar 22, 2017

Year-Round Maple Dell Activities Aren’t Just for Scouts

The term “Scout camp” may make you assume that Maple Dell is just for boys–but it isn’t. In fact, young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and family groups, are all invited to come to Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon for year-round activities.  High COPE Course and Zipline Bring your Scout […]

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 Jarom Shaver
Mar 20, 2017

Excellence in Life and All 138 Merit Badges – Neil Mayfield

Cornelius Mayfield, or Neil for short, does not shy away from hard work. In fact, he looks for it, and then he thrives in it. Just before his 17th birthday, Mayfield accomplished what very few Boy Scouts have ever or will ever accomplish. Mayfield finished all 138 merit badges.  “Neil has a natural inclination to achieve […]

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 19, 2017

Merit Badges Boost LDS Missionaries’ Safety and Health

Five of my kids served missions in diverse places: Idaho, Guatemala, Argentina, and Colorado (two served in Colorado). No matter where they went, mission health and safety mattered. My children needed to know what to do in difficult situations to protect themselves, their companions, and others. Like them, all young men and women face unusual […]

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 Utah National Parks Council
Mar 16, 2017

Local Scout Speaks at Capitol to Kick-Off Scouting for Food

UNPC Eagle Scout Matt Cahoon is only seventeen, but at the Utah State Capitol yesterday he confronted America’s biggest fear: public speaking. Not only did he give a speech at one of the most prestigious places in Utah, but he did it in conjunction with a speech by the governor of Utah Gary Herbert.  “I […]