Tag Archives: Merit Badges

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 26, 2017

Walk, Bike, or Ride: Transportation Merit Badges for Mission Travel

My oldest son Bryan was called to the Buenos Aires Argentina South mission. Each day, he walked an average of 12 miles. He needed to be prepared for the physical exertion of walking and hiking.  Similarly, many missionaries will utilize various transportation methods throughout their missions. They will be required to navigate around a new […]

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 19, 2017

Merit Badges Boost LDS Missionaries’ Safety and Health

Five of my kids served missions in diverse places: Idaho, Guatemala, Argentina, and Colorado (two served in Colorado). No matter where they went, mission health and safety mattered. My children needed to know what to do in difficult situations to protect themselves, their companions, and others. Like them, all young men and women face unusual […]

By Paul Tikalsky
Mar 03, 2017

How Seven Merit Badges Prepare Future Missionaries

The end of high school often marks a drastic transition for LDS boys. After tricky tests and part-time employment, the boy accepts his biggest job yet, working for God himself as a missionary.   Some parents may question: “Is my boy really ready? Has he been adequately prepared?” While I can’t answer that for you, I […]

By Ali Mohammad
Oct 03, 2016

Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards Now Available

Effective immediately, leaders in the Utah National Parks Council who have completed their online internet advancement can order their advancement awards through our online order form and have them shipped directly to their house or pick them up at their local Council Service Center just in time for their pack meeting or court of honor. […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 26, 2016

Scouts Set Sail in Salem

Not even the rain could stop these tenacious Scouts. Thanks to our partnership with the Sea Scouts ship sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, boys had a chance to earn their sailing merit badge at Salem Pond in a Merit Badge Adventure. A cold, constant drizzle didn’t discourage them as they eagerly gathered around each station learning the ins […]

By Darryl Alder
Dec 01, 2014

Support BSA this #GivingTuesday—December 2

We have a day for giving thanks (Thanksgiving). We have two for getting deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). After two days of shopping, take a day to give back. December 2nd is #GivingTuesday This Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 17, 2014

STEM and Scouting

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are considered by most people to be the basis of an advanced civilization. In many environments—including political, governmental, and academic—the strength of the STEM workforce is regarded as an indicator of a nation’s ability to maintain itself in an ever changing future. Involving our youth members in science, technology, […]

By Merit Badge Knot
Dec 02, 2013

Utah Twins Family History of Scouting Guides Them Toward Earning All Merit Badges

Nathan and Matthew Anderson, 17 year-old twin brothers of Spanish Fork, have earned every merit badge the Boy Scouts of America has to offer — a total of 121. The boys earned their Eagle awards when they were 12 and one-half years old. After achieving their Eagle rank, the boys still had six years of […]

By Daily Herald
Dec 02, 2013

Earning them all: Few Scouts honored for unusual feat

November 28, 2013 12:25 am  •  Cathy Allred – Daily Herald Former Provo resident Troy Pugh launched meritbadgeknot.com in 2008 to recognize Scouts who earned all merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America when they were Scouts. “At the end of the day, there are very few Scouts that do this. They have to do […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 14, 2013

How Many Merit Badges Are There?: Utah Twins Earn All 137 Merit Badges

Conrad and Christian Smith (17) are Eagle Scouts and have earned every merit badge available in Scouting. The twins are a small minority in Scouting who have earned every merit badge and continue to earn new badges as they become available. Scouting helped the twins transition to life in Utah. They started Scouting in Wisconsin […]

By Liz Merrell
Nov 08, 2013

Help a Scout and Market Your Business With a Merit Badge Sponsorship

Help Our Boys and Market Your Business! Cause-related marketing helps companies align products or services to charity for mutual profit. Research from Inc. shows consumers are 79% more apt to switch brands or pick brands if a good cause is attached. And nine out of ten people in Utah have a direct relationship to Scouting. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 24, 2013

Silver Beaver: Rich Paongo

Rich Paongo, Lehi-UT Rich has done much to emphasize Scouting in multicultural communities. He has served as an Assistant District Commissioner, Chartered Organization Representative, merit badge counselor and Committee Member. He promotes Scouting and its standards. He sees the value in Scouting for every young man and how it helps each boy succeed and give […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 17, 2013

Silver Beaver: Karen Howcroft

Karen Howcraft, Vernal-UT The National Council wrote to Karen to thank her and tell her they were going to implement her suggestion for an Auto Mechanics merit badge. During her service as committee chair, 33 Boy Scouts achieved Eagle Rank. Karen has also been honored with the Utah Conservation Award. Congratulations to Karen Howcraft-

By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 16, 2013

Silver Beaver: Karen Eyring

Karen Eyring, Provo-UT Karen has been a dynamic part of merit badge pow wows for many years She mentors Boy Scouts along the Eagle Trail making sure their advancement is steady and meaningful. Her Scouts are confident that all they do is recorded properly and they are prepared for boards of review. Congratulations to Karen […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Aug 23, 2013

Homeschooling Leads Tony Thomas to His 100th Merit Badge

Scout Tony (Anthony) Thomas is well on his way to achieving his goal of earning all 129 merit badges, and he just turned 13. He just received his 100th merit badge at a Court of Honor held Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Tony is a member of Troop 1181, Lindon 13th Ward. So what got Tony […]