Tag Archives: LDS Church

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 Michelle Carpenter
Apr 02, 2017

What Scout Executives Learned about Mormons from Visiting Utah

Thousands flocked streets of Temple Square in Sunday best. Some held signs hoping for tickets. Protesters settled on corners yelling through megaphones.  Meanwhile, a group of Scouting executives and professionals from across America gathered near the front of the conference center, many listening to General Conference for the first time ever. For the professional Scouters […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 09, 2016

Pack Committee – Why Every LDS Ward Should Have One

Does your pack/ward have a pack committee? When teaching about the pack committee I often ask this question.  In my experience, too many answer no to that question. In my many years of teaching at roundtable, I have often heard “We don’t have a committee,” to which I usually answer “You DO have a committee or […]

By Melany Gardner
May 30, 2016

Answering the Hard Questions On the BSA Adult Policy

Last year, the Boy Scouts of America amended their adult leadership policy, prohibiting discrimination against employees and volunteers on the basis of sexual orientation. Since that time, many questions still remain as to how this policy will and will not affect your Scouting experience. The BSA released a FAQ to help answer some of those questions. This document, along […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 22, 2016

Stephen W. Owen, YM General President, Inspires Scouters

Stephen W. Owen, General Young Men President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke Saturday at the 2016 University of Scouting, telling attendees that having young men and mentors come together is what Scouting is all about. Brother Owen gave the keynote address at the event held February 18 at the Utah Valley University […]

By Annaleis Smith
Sep 08, 2015

What is a Unit Commissioner?

What is a Unit Commissioner?  I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked that over the past 10 years.  The question is most likely to come up at roundtable as I am teaching something and in the process I say something like “and your Unit Commissioner can help you…”.  Inevitably someone will […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 11, 2015

Cub Scouting in the LDS Church—What’s the difference?

Have you ever wondered what is different about Cub Scouting in the LDS Church and Cub Scouting in a traditional unit (often called Community Units)?  I recently came upon a list that I had found and saved on my computer over 10 years ago.  I have updated it a little to align with current policies. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 28, 2015

Utah BSA Councils’ Statement On Support of Chartered Partners

Utah National Parks Council, Great Salt Lake Council and Trapper Trails Council Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, Salt Lake City,  and Ogden, UT — The Utah National Parks Council, Great Salt Lake Council and Trapper Trails Council remain committed to serving local youth and our community partners.  In recent years, the Councils have put forth a […]

By Derrick Larsen
May 01, 2015

Be Prepared to be Good Husbands and Fathers – When My Father Wasn’t There

Scouting showed me what it meant to be honorable. Scouting showed me what it meant to help others. Scouting showed me what it was like to be a man of God. All of us hope that the young men in our lives will make the best choices for them and their future families. Therefore, we […]

By Paul Riley
Apr 15, 2015

How to Have Safe High Adventure Activities for a New Scout Leader

I was asked to serve as the Chair of the Utah National Parks Council Risk Management Committee this last year.  I enjoy this assignment since Loss Control and Risk Management have been in integral part of my professional career for almost 25 years.  I also grew up in Scouting and have served as a Chartered […]

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 10, 2014

Capturing the Vision of Scouting

Our efforts as Young Men advisers and Scout leaders can have eternal consequences. When I was a mission president, one particular zone was having a lot of success. I asked one of the zone leaders, “Elder, what’s going on here?” He said, “President, in high school I ran cross- country with a handful of friends. We trained hard and competed together. For four […]

By Darryl Alder
Sep 07, 2014

Thoughts on the LDS Church and Scouting Partnership

Recently a reader commented on the article “Why Scouting Matters to LDS Church Leaders”. Of the RED Research he wrote: “This description is a perfect description of an Aaronic-priesthood based program, not a Scouting program. I don’t believe that Scouting is contrary to the ways of the Church. Nor do I believe that there is […]

By Joel Zabriskie
Aug 25, 2014

A Missionary’s Testimony of Scouting

Every two years, my wife and I like to sponsor a LDS missionary that we see has a need. I became acquainted with Elder Chancellor Carter through my grand-daughter and we decided to sponsor him. In doing so, we began to receive his weekly e-mails.This real-life testimony of Scouting caught my attention and, with his […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 07, 2014

BSA Membership Standards: Their Struggle is Our Struggle

The LDS Church released a statement (October 12, 2010) in response to a petition from the Human Rights Campaign regarding gays. The statement reflected on the commonalities that both parties share and the mutual respect that we should all have toward one another. The LDS Church statement, presented by Michael Otterson, stated clearly and kindly […]

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jan 06, 2014

How to Define the Scout Venturing Program

Purpose Provide positive experiences to help young people mature and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Description Venturing is a youth development program for priest-age young men. It is based on the unique and dynamic relationship between youth and adult leaders. Venturing focuses primarily on the needs and interests of young men, using […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 03, 2014

Scouting “For the Strength of Youth”

Word Match Puzzle Match each category in “For the Strength of Youth” with its corresponding term in the Scout Oath and Law (There can be more than one answer) For the Strength of Youth Scout Oath and Law Agency and Accountability Trustworthy Dating Loyal Dress and Appearance Helpful Family Friendly Education Courteous Entertainment and Media […]