By Kimball Vaughn
Mar 28, 2018

Making Leadership Positions More Meaningful in LDS Scouting

It’s Sunday afternoon and you’re feeling refreshed after a wonderful Sacrament meeting. One of the brothers in the ward just gave a powerful talk about the importance of helping the young men in the ward be successful. This causes you to ponder on your role as the Scoutmaster. You begin thinking about all of the […]

the keepers of the flame
By Julia Thompson
Mar 26, 2018

The Keepers of the Flame: What it Actually Means

The Keepers of the Flame The Boy Scouts of America has been shaping the lives of youth around the country since 1910. You, our generous supporters, have been making this happen. The Utah National Parks Council is grateful for all of the donors, volunteers, and sponsors who support Scouting avidly in our community. We are especially […]

outdoor ethics
By Community Submission
Mar 24, 2018

How to Practice Leave No Trace and Outdoor Ethics When Camping

As Scouters, it is our duty to understand the current BSA Outdoor Ethics guidelines. It is important to not only know but take to heart these principles. Mike Hall, for the Orem District Newsletter, has outlined The BSA Outdoor Ethics guidelines here, which include three key outdoor doctrines: 1) The Outdoor Code 2) Tread Lightly […]

Boy Scouts fishing
By Madison Austin
Mar 20, 2018

Hooked on fishing – How to give Scouts the best fishing experience

In Utah, there are so many beautiful places, near and far, to take Scouts fishing. Whether you want to try a simple pond or explore a wild river, the options are almost endless. In this article, I explore what I learned at the University of Scouting this year about the many ways to get Scouts actively involved […]

camp love
By Julia Thompson
Mar 16, 2018

Camp Love: Finding Forever at Beaver High Adventure Base

Camp Love When Kayla and James first met in 2012 at Beaver High Adventure Base, love was the furthest thing from their minds. They became friends but thought nothing of it. Now, almost six years later, they are a story of camp love, to be married in May. Kayla and James Kayla is a college […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Mar 15, 2018

Program Feature Series: Skateboarding

In this article we are featuring the program module for skateboarding from the Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 3. (You can also read this article for more information on how to plan using the program resources.) Ready to Ride “Chances are you see somebody on a skateboard nearly every day. From its humble beginnings more than half […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 13, 2018

BSA Clears Up Misconceptions About Path to Eagle Scout Rank for Utah Scout With Down Syndrome

Updated April 4, 2018 Boy Scouts of America, Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE We are inspired by Logan and his family’s commitment to Scouting, and we are so glad he will remain a part of our Scouting community. We appreciate the care taken by the family’s attorney to bring the best outcome for Logan and […]

outstanding eagle
By Julia Thompson
Mar 12, 2018

Distinguished and Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards

Every year the Utah National Parks Council comes together to recognize Scouting in the community at an event called the Celebration of Eagles. This event includes an award ceremony for those receiving the Distinguished and Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Distinguished Eagle Established in 1969, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is awarded to men who have […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Mar 11, 2018

500-Mile Bike Ride Forever Changes Scouts Spiritually and Physically

Picture this, it’s the year 1992, you’re 14-years-old, and you are a Scout/member of the Teacher’s Quorum. Now imagine that you and your Troop/Quorum just decided that you are going to participate in a seven-day bike ride spanning 500 miles. On that 500-mile bike ride, imagine that you will have to brave ferocious headwinds along […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Mar 08, 2018

Program Feature Series: Pioneering

In this article we are featuring the program module for pioneering from the Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 1. (You can also read this article for more information on how to plan using the program resources.) Outdoor Fun that is Timeless! “Like always, the majority of today’s Scouts love the kind of woodsy activities that provide outdoor […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 07, 2018

How to Do a Successful Eagle Court of Honor

Once an Eagle Scout successfully completes his Board of Review, he can begin planning and preparing for his Eagle Court of Honor. Courts of Honor can be as casual or formal as the Eagle Scout would like. For example, any where from a backyard BBQ to a dressy ceremony, the Eagle Court of Honor should […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 06, 2018

The Cub Scout BCL

While it may seem strange to start a Cub Scout article with a screen shot from the Aaronic Priesthood Leader Training on lds.org, just stick with me and I’ll show you how it might connect.   What is the BCL? Over the last year I have been in a number of Scout meetings where the […]

world scout jamboree 2019
By Julia Thompson
Mar 05, 2018

World Scout Jamboree 2019: Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is the largest event from the World Organization of the Scout Movement. About 50,000 Scouts coming from more than 160 countries attend. The aims of WSJ are to promote peace and understanding among youth from different places and cultures. Many activities take place during the event located at the Summit […]

girls klondike
By Julia Thompson
Mar 03, 2018

First All Girls Klondike

Klondikes aren’t anything new. In fact, it’s been an icy adventure that Scouts have been competing in for years. But, today, March 3, 2018, marks the first annual All Girls Klondike Derby. Young women, ages 12-18, were invited to the Klondike to participate in some of the most thrilling and unique activities a girl could ask […]

program feature nature
By Makenzie Wistisen
Mar 01, 2018

Program Feature Series: Nature and Environment

In this article we are featuring the program module for nature and environment from the Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 3. (You can also read this article for more information on how to plan using the program resources.) Taking Care of Our Home “Few Americans spend more time in the outdoors than Scouts. Whenever you camp, […]

Scout Show Booth
By Madison Austin
Feb 28, 2018

Host a Scout Show Booth at the Utah Valley Scout Show

  At the upcoming Utah Valley Scout Show, YOU can be the host of your very own Scout Show booth. Teach a skill, play a game or do a Scout activity – the options are endless for what you can do at your booth! To host a booth, call Candace Hutchinson – 385-223-0956 or Sign up Online  […]

new camp dave pack
By Madison Austin
Feb 28, 2018

Community Members Learn About New Camp at Public Forum in Eagle Mountain

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, a public forum was held in Eagle Mountain regarding the plans for the new camp that will be constructed in the area. Members of the Council staff met with community members to share details and answer questions. While the attendees showed a lot of support and enthusiasm, they also brought […]