Tag Archives: LDS BSA Relationships

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 […]

By Stan Lockhart
Feb 22, 2016

Online Registration and Affordable Uniforms

Recently, our council and many other councils in the Western Region met with LDS Church leaders and National Council leaders to discuss how to better implement Scouting in the LDS Church. Over 100 people were there. We discussed a host of issues (You can read Darryl Alder’s report on the meeting and what was discussed […]

LDS/BSA Relationship
By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 11, 2016

Scouting: Friend or Foe?

Earlier today, the Deseret News published an article by Nettie Francis, who helped compile a history of the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the 2013 LDS/BSA centennial celebration. Her article, “Scouting: Friend or foe?” draws on the organizations’ shared history to help members of the Church and […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 22, 2016

Elder Dane Leavitt Offers Healing Comments at Scouting Meeting

On January 9th, the Utah National Parks Council officers and executive board held their quarterly meeting. However, for this meeting they also invited Scouting alumni, Silver Beaver recipients, Wood Badge staffers and other selected volunteers to share their thinking in four focus group meetings. The subjects of those meetings were related to Friends of Scouting, the […]

By Community Submission
Jan 10, 2016

Charles Dahlquist on why the Church sticks with Scouting, and so does he

Because of my former service as Young Men General President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my continuing association with Scouting, I am often asked, especially recently, about the relationship of Scouting and the Church. Recently, I had that conversation with a good friend and one of my former counselors in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 09, 2016

Scouters’ Pledge to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Utah National Parks Council has recently published a pledge outlining the things Scouting programs in the area will do for youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This pledge includes promises to teach boys to recognize the hand of God in their lives, to create ‘mountaintop’ spiritual experiences, to prepare them […]

By Darryl Alder
Dec 23, 2015

LDS/BSA Summit: Summary and Conclusion

This is part 8 of an 8-part report. Other reports include these: The Chief’s Thoughts on the LDS Partnership How to Better Serve LDS Scouting Partners Adapting and Implementing Scouting for LDS Purposes Unified Alignment and Service Model Leadership Training The Impact of Technology The Cost of Scouting Early in December, a team of determined Scouters, including […]