Tag Archives: LDS BSA Relationships

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By Boy Scouts of America
Sep 09, 2018

The Path Forward: BSA releases statement regarding the future

The Boy Scouts of America recently clarified its transition plan with regard to Scouting for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, now and in the future. View this message here and read the letter below. Dear Scouting Families, Thank you for your support of and involvement in the Boy Scouts of […]

By Madison Austin
May 18, 2018

Top 4 Comments on LDS – BSA Announcement

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this past week that, starting on Jan. 1, 2020, it will shift the focus of its youth programs toward serving an increasingly global membership. There was a mixed response as many Scouters began wondering what this news means for the BSA and reflected on their time in the […]

By Maloree Anderson
May 18, 2018

How to Support and Integrate Older Boys in the Troop

Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be no longer be a chartered-partner with the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2020, most LDS units will continue the Scouting experience. That means there is still a need to know how to support and integrate older boys into the troop. So, what are […]

LDS/BSA Relationship
By Boy Scouts of America
May 08, 2018

Joint Statement from LDS Church and BSA

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America released this joint statement today regarding the future of their partnership: A Joint Statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Boy Scouts of America May 9, 2018 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and […]

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By Julia Thompson
Apr 08, 2018

Pathway to Priesthood: Scouting Promotes Leadership, Citizenship and Priesthood Preparation

Pathway to Priesthood: Scouting Promotes Leadership, Citizenship, and Priesthood Preparation As the longest formal chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting has been a staple in the LDS Church for a long time. The reason the Church has stuck with Scouting is that the program truly promotes the important goals the Church seeks to […]

By Madison Austin
Nov 03, 2017

The New Eric Dowdle Puzzle: Voted Best Christmas Gift to Give this Year

Just in time for Christmas, our own Maple Dell Scout Camp will become the face of the season’s best gift to give: the newest Eric Dowdle puzzle! See the familiar sites of the Utah National Parks Council’s flagship camp come to life with energetic Scouts, famous Scouting figures and more. Pre-order yours today and help […]

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 Maria Milligan
Aug 13, 2017

Elder Holland asks Scouts to Step Up in their Priesthood Duties

One of the highlights of Jamboree for me was attending the LDS sacrament meeting held at the same large amphitheater that housed the Jamboree shows. It was a quite a contrast to go from thousands of cheering, clapping Scouts on Saturday to 2,100 reverent young men in uniform setting up sacrament tables or sitting quietly […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 06, 2017

LDS Scouts Do NOT Have to Get Their Eagle Before They’re 14

Growing up, I lived very close to my elementary school, so every weekday I found myself walking to school. My mom told me it was good for me, but I was not a fan. I walked to and from school every day, head down, feet moving as quickly as possible.This was my routine for many […]

By Madison Austin
May 16, 2017

Girl’s Camp at Boy Scout Camp

Throughout my young teenage years, there was one thing that was a constant in my life. No arguing about it, Girl’s Camp happened every summer. My first year or so, I dreaded camp. I did not look forward to a week without showers in the humid forests of Northern Virginia. As I got older, however, […]

By David Wilson
Dec 16, 2016

LDS Venturers Need ALPS

Photograph of the Matterhorn in the Alps by Sven Scharr No it’s not those Alps! Today David Wilson posted a good explanation of how ALPS, the acronym, helps LDS crews and leaders. In his post, he explained: ALPS is an open, free-flowing type of structure, that when used by your crew allows for positive experiences in […]

By Maria Milligan
Nov 19, 2016

Home and Hearth Events with Hyrum Smith Inspire New Keepers of the Flame

Since its formation three years ago, the Keepers of the Flame giving society has made a marked difference in the lives of Scouts in the Utah National Parks Council. These generous donors have funded programs, capital improvements at camps, and contributed to the endowment fund that will ensure the council can continue to work in the […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 03, 2016

Bring your Stakes and Wards to Camp

For the past several years, the Utah National Parks Council has worked to make its summer camps more accessible to and useful for groups from the LDS Church (our largest chartered partner). These efforts have included new buildings, programs, and materials designed for large, diverse groups. Every church group has different ideas of what they […]

By Maria Milligan
Sep 18, 2016

The Combined Power of Philmont and Wood Badge

I loved Mac McIntire’s latest blog post on the LDS-BSA relationships website because he talks about the power of combining Philmont and Wood Badge training—a power I have seen first-hand. He says, “Imagine a heavenly place where faithful, stake priesthood leaders—along with their families—meet in a beautiful mountain setting to learn why Scouting is so crucial to […]

By Maria Milligan
Jun 14, 2016

Spiritually Trained and Committed Leaders

This article is a continuation of the interview with the Pleasant Grove North Field Stake Presidency, President McFarland, President Thayer, and President Doman, about the stake-sponsored Wood Badge course they, and other stake members, staffed and hosted. This is part four of a series of articles about this stake presidency’s experience planning and hosting a Wood Badge […]

By Maria Milligan
Jun 05, 2016

Spirituality and Personal Revelation at Wood Badge

This article is a continuation of the interview with the Pleasant Grove North Field Stake Presidency, President McFarland, President Thayer, and President Doman, about the stake-sponsored Wood Badge course they, and other stake members, staffed and hosted. This is part three of a series of articles about this stake presidency’s experience planning and hosting a Wood […]

By Melany Gardner
May 21, 2016

How the Utah National Parks Council is Addressing Your Scouting Concerns

It’s important for any organization to seek feedback from their customers, to evaluate service, measure effectiveness, and make changes as necessary. In the case of the Utah National Parks Council, BSA, concern for the welfare of young people and our volunteers who deliver the program compels us to seek comments from those we serve to […]