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 Stewart Schow
Apr 20, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 25, Safety Certification

Task: Commit yourself to find out about certification training and other updated training for Scout leaders at the council. Safety of the youth of scouting is one of the main work of Adult Leaders.  In his statement “BSA’s Commitment to Safety” Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said: “We want you to know that the safety […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 19, 2017

Scout Camp is an Affordable, Rustic Alternative for Wedding Receptions

 The average person spends thousands on a wedding venue. But, we aren’t average; we’re Utahans. We spend less than most in the nation for venues. After all, a couple often marries in a temple (that’s free). Plus, with big families, we can’t afford a ton just for a post-party spot. So, it must be rather cheap […]

By Jarom Shaver
Apr 18, 2017

What I Learned as an Intern at Boy Scouts of America

I grew up in the LDS church and had every opportunity to participate in the Boy Scouts of America. I attended from time to time but never earned a merit badge or really committed to the program. Throughout those years I was heavily involved in sports. I was either busy with city league teams or […]

By Pualani Graham
Apr 17, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Influential Women in Scouting Event May 12th

Bonnie H. Cordon, Second Counselor in the General Primary Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be this year’s speaker at the Eighth Annual Influential Women in Scouting. This year the event will take place on May 12, 2017 at the Brigham Young University Conference Center, 770 East University Parkway, room […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 16, 2017

Three Lessons Young Men Taught Me About Christ

Christ is the single most important person we can introduce to our Scouts, and we know it. Today, we worship Him, celebrate Him, and recognize Him–but, of course, that should be an everyday thing.  Sometimes though, it’s not us teaching the boys about Christ. It’s the boys teaching us about Christ.  From time to time, […]

By Ann Shumway
Apr 15, 2017

Sailing Merit Badge Adventures for 2017

Come sail away with us during our Sailing Merit Badge Adventures. Bring your whole troop (get a night of camping toward your Camping Merit Badge), and work on an exciting merit badge at the same time! In partnership with the Sea Scouts sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, we are excited to offer a Sailing […]

By McKenna Hunt
Apr 14, 2017

Introducing: Michael Neider, New Council President

The Executive Board approved Michael Neider as the new Council President on April 13th. We’re thrilled to welcome Michael and his wife Cindy. Both are uniquely experienced and already dedicated and devoted to serving youth.  Born in exotic Pocatello, Idaho, Michael Neider joined the Cub Scouts as a Bobcat and never looked back. After graduating from Brigham […]

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 Michelle Carpenter
Apr 11, 2017

Catholic Bishop Awarded For Utah Scouting Efforts

“Some would call him an unsung hero,” said Dave Pack, Scout Executive of the Utah National Parks Council. “I don’t think those that he’s impacted the most would call him that. They’d call him their hero.” On Sunday April 2nd, at the annual Diocesan, Bishop James Blaine received the North Star Award for his efforts […]

By Joni Crane
Apr 10, 2017

Winter Snowpack Destroys Bacon Park Structures

Since the mid-1970’s, in the coldest part of February, volunteers with Boy Scouts of America have headed to the well-known James Bacon Memorial Park, or Bacon Park as it is commonly called, to clear heavy snow from roads so that young men from all over the Uintah Basin can spend a few very uncomfortable days […]

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 Community Submission
Apr 08, 2017

Why I Like Camp Maple Dell

My name is Isaac Woodbrey and I am doing my Journalism Merit Badge. One of the requirements is: Write a two-hundred word article(feature or hard news) about a scouting event you have attended. Then submit it to a BSA Local Council. The event I have chosen is Maple Dell Scout Camp.  I attended it last […]

By Advancement News
Apr 07, 2017

Any Scout, Any Merit Badge, Any Time

A few merit badges have certain restrictions, but there are no restrictions on when a boy can begin working on a merit badge. Any registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may work on any badge at any time. Furthermore, although recommended, it is not necessary for a Boy Scout to […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 06, 2017

10 Things the New Primary President Should Know about Cub Scouts

Being primary president  might be overwhelming. Not only do dozens of little smiling faces rely on you for spiritual guidance, but you’re also supposed to reach out to families as part of the ward council . You train leaders and recommend people for callings. Also, you oversee records and budgets. On top of all that, […]

By Stewart Schow
Apr 06, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 23: Resources what they are?

TASK: Learn what resources your team has and how to best use them. The Varsity Scout guidebook says this under Knowing and Using Resources. Knowing and using the resources of team members is closely related to understanding their characteristics and needs.  Instead of finding out how the team can help individual members, though, leaders can discover […]

By Jarom Shaver
Apr 05, 2017

Obstacles to Training

One of the longtime struggles the LDS church and the Boy Scouts of America have had is getting leaders trained. Getting Scouting leadership trained in wards has been difficult. By the time that some of them get trained, they often transition to a new calling. Sometimes leaders only find out about training after they are […]