By Kimball Vaughn
Oct 17, 2017

Acting When Your Prayers Aren’t Answered

Have you ever prayed and expected Heavenly Father to answer your prayer right then and there in the way you were anticipating? Did you get off your knees and find yourself disappointed? You aren’t alone. Every day we pray for all kinds of things, but not all of our prayers are answered during our timetable or […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 15, 2017

Wind, Fire and God

Friday night our campout was more than chilly; it was downright cold, but I didn’t say much as we had two new Scouts with us and the campfire was warm.  Our Scoutmaster, Matt Johnson, had asked for help during the week with two-deep leadership. I was more than happy to go camping, but the weather […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 14, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Whitings Campground

Whitings Campground is one of those unexpected treasures, tucked just outside of town. In fact, it is just 3 miles east of Mapleton, up Maple Canyon Road. Because the roadway ends at the Left Fork Maple Canyon Trail there is limited traffic making this a quiet campsite for your troop or family.  My first experience at […]

By Julia Thompson
Oct 13, 2017

The NRA Foundation Grants Continue to Make Our Camps Better

The NRA’s continuing generosity allows the Utah National Parks Council to improve our camps each year. This well established partnership not only helps the Scouts excel in shooting sports, but to be safe as well. The NRA Foundation grants able us to update facilities and add new equipment. This year we received 16 Weatherby 12 […]

By Kevin Hunt
Oct 12, 2017

Why my bolo tie collection was the most important thing saved from the Thunder Ridge fire

Part 1 of a 2-Part Blog Article This summer I blogged extensively about the Brian Head fire that skirted around the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp in Southern Utah. I had only hinted, however, about my prized, hand-carved bolo tie collection and the potential loss of it in the fire. I also didn’t mention the story […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 11, 2017

Local Scouting Partners Can Now Choose to Include Girls

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously decided to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. You can read more […]

By Lizbeth Caldwell
Oct 11, 2017

One Mom’s Take on Scouting

From its beginning, Scouting has emphasized spirituality and religious values. Scouting’s founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell said: “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God. Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims in the forefront, […]

By Kevin Hunt
Oct 10, 2017

The Making of My Bolo Tie Collection

Part 2 of a 2-Part Blog Article In my last blog, I talked about my treasured collection of Scout bolo ties and how it survived the  Brian Head and Thunder Ridge Fire this past summer. I introduced Scout bolo tie carver extraordinaire, Bill Burch. (Much has been written of Bill Burch, but here is one […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 10, 2017

Cub Scouts Save Lives Too!

You never really know when a Scout of any age might need to “Be Prepared,” but it sure looks like it paid off big time when Catherine Davis, a den leader in Chatham, IL, taught her den first aid—it paid off for a member her den and his family. Hayden and other members of the den had […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Oct 09, 2017

Meet This Year’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Recipient: Gary B. Doxey

To be nominated for the Distinguished Eagle Award, past Eagle Scouts are required to have received their Eagle at least 25 years prior and have “received extraordinary, national-level recognition or eminence within their identified field.” They must also exhibit a strong record of community service and family values Gary B. Doxey is a previous recipient […]

By Madison Austin
Oct 08, 2017

History Highlights of LDS Girls in Scouting

The position and involvement of LDS girls in Scouting has always been somewhat vague and often misunderstood. Follow along for some quick history highlights and explanations of how we came to the current position of girls in Scouting.  In the beginning… In 1869, the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association was organized by Brigham Young to encourage […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 07, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Diamond Fork Canyon

When we weren’t camping at Maple Dell or Hobble Creek Scout Camps (now Jeremiah Johnson), our Scouts loved Diamond Fork Canyon. There are three good campgrounds in the area, Diamond, Palmyra and Three Forks Campgrounds.  Diamond and Palmyra are adjacent to each other. This is a large campground and was the site of many of […]

By Joyce Olesen
Oct 06, 2017

Inspiring Words for Scouts from Elder Robert D. Hales

Elder Robert D. Hales passed away Oct. 1, 2017, leaving us with so many inspiring words. Many of them are for Scouts, while many are applicable to all young men and women. Elder Hales was a brilliant, educated man.  He honored his country by flying fighter jets for the Air Force. He always told his […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 05, 2017

BYU Football Scout Day – BYU vs. UMass Nov. 18

Get discounted tickets for the Cougars’ home game November 18, 2017. Anyone who loves Scouting can get BYU Football vs. UMass tickets for $15.00 (regularly @ $35). With every ticket purchased using promo code BYUBSA, BYU will donate $2.50 to help support Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council. This is a great activity for Scouts, youth groups, […]

By Maloree Anderson
Oct 04, 2017

Camping: A Scoutmaster’s Secret Weapon

Sometimes it can be intimidating to be called as a Scoutmaster. Especially if you don’t have any previous Scouting experience. Have no fear for you have a secret weapon: Camping! Camping is the ‘outing’ of Scouting and a critical element of the Scouting program. In this article you will learn the Who, What, When, Where, Why, […]

By Annaleis Smith
Oct 03, 2017

LDS Den Leader Training Part 4 – BSA vs LDS What’s the difference?

Welcome to the LDS Den Leader Training Part 4 – This series of post is designed for Wolf, Bear and Webelos den leaders who have been called to serve in Cub Scout packs chartered to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We hope to give den leaders the basic information they need to conduct a successful […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 02, 2017

Cub Scouter Extraordinaire: Julia Mohr

Last week I visited one of my favorite Cub Scouting leaders, Julia Mohr. One of her dying wishes was to see me; she asked others who visited her to find me and ask me to come by. It’s pretty scary to fulfill this kind of wish, at least for me. However, I did it and […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Oct 01, 2017

Priesthood General Session: Lessons for Priesthood Holders and Scouts

Priesthood, integrity, and responsibility. These were a few of the topics highlighted at the October 2017 General Priesthood Session. Men old and young attended the session at the General Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT and millions more tuned in to the live broadcast. The Priesthood is a Rocket Elder Dale G. Renlund of […]

By Kelly Frey
Sep 30, 2017

The 8:1 Rule: Give Your Youth More Positive Feedback More Often

Over the weekend I attended another Little Philmont event, this time in Vernal, UT. Again, it was amazing to meet together with fellow participants and receive instruction from such admirable speakers. One of the speakers, Elder Dale H. Munk of the Seventy, shared an inspiring story that he calls the “8:1 Rule.” Elder Munk’s told […]