Tag Archives: service

By LDS-BSA Relationships
Apr 04, 2016

The Ties Of Brotherhood

My Ordeal, the overnight experience where I was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, tested and stretched my capabilities. Almost none of the others in attendance were familiar to me. I felt very alone. Little did I know how much that would change. While my first OA brothers were friends from my home troop, […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 15, 2016

Scouting for Food—Service with a Sure Purpose

Last weekend and throughout this week, local Cub Scout packs have delivered door hangers like these. When you get yours, please join the local Scouts as they help us Fight Hunger Statewide by filling a bag with nutritious non-perishable food donations, and leaving it outside your front door by 9:00 a.m. on March 19, 2016. Utah […]

By Shaun Heaton
Feb 21, 2016

Three Brothers Chat on Why Scouting Matters

Shaun Heaton, long time Scouter, pulled three of his Eagle Scout sons together to share how the Six Pillars for communication with LDS leaders played out in each of their lives. Shaun presents each of these pillars to his sons’ for their responses in the video below: (A transcript of this interview follows the video.) Pillar 1: Testimony […]

By Shaun Heaton
Feb 21, 2016

Eagle Scouts Discuss How Scouting Prepared Them for Their Missions

To help us understand March’s theme on Pillar 3 of the Six Pillars of Being Prepared, Shaun Heaton, a long time Scouter and current Scoutmaster in Troop 444, chartered by the Orem Sunset Heights Fourth Ward, collected thoughts from his Eagle Scout sons on the subject. Here are some of their responses: I feel like this ties in a lot with […]

By Aubrey Carpenter
Jan 01, 2016

William T. Hornaday Award

You may think it would be impossible for a teenager to document over 1000 hours of volunteer work as well as earn many extra merit badges on top of school, job, and social life, but one teenage boy did just that, and all before his 17th birthday. Porter Bradford, a 17-year-old Eagle scout from Blanding, Utah, recently finished […]

By Aubrey Carpenter
Dec 24, 2015

Games for Heroes

Whether you’re a Scout looking for ideas for your Eagle Project or just want to make a difference this Christmas Season, you may be able to find inspiration from this simple story of service. Two teenagers wanted to show their support for their heroes, and in doing so became heroes themselves through a hobby that […]

By Darryl Alder
Dec 07, 2015

Four Percent

Last May I was at BSA’s National Annual Meeting, where Michael S. Malone was recognized at the Americanism Breakfast. He had just completed a new and enlarged edition of his history of Eagle Scouting, “Four Percent” (WindRush Publishing, 2012), for which he was being honored. Then, in October, Mr. Malone agreed to write for us in The Voice […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 03, 2015

November puts “Cubs in Action!”

A Scout is helpful. A Scout cares about other people. He helps others without expecting payment or reward. He fulfills his duties to his family by helping at home. Cubs in Action—by its nature, that theme is quite an understatement since this age group is so active, but this month’s pack meeting is an opportunity to direct […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 16, 2015

Understanding Venturer Aged Youth

Have you ever stopped to ask: “Why do older youth and young adults want to join a crew…your Venturing crew?” Not many LDS leaders have to ask that question because the youth come with the “calling,” but how many really become a venturer? So often this age group loses interest in Scouting and if you […]

By Community Submission
Jun 03, 2015

National Trails Day is June 7th

Every year about this time the US Forest Service posts volunteer opportunities as part of National Trails Day. Here is this year’s information: When: Saturday June 6th Time: 8 a.m.-1:00 Where: Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Dry Canyon Trailhead Directions: Drive east to the top of Orem’s 2000 North or Lindon’s 200 South (one and the same) […]

By Annaleis Smith
Apr 14, 2015

Cub Scouting and Service

Cub Scouting and Service.  Hopefully those are words that go together often.  Cub Scouts are taught that it’s good to give service and in the new Cub Scout program that is even more emphasized. In another article about Cub Scouting and Faith in God, my friend Julia wrote about how well the new program ties […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 06, 2015

Pillars for Communication With LDS Leaders

During the past nine months the Council Marketing Committee has presented tools to help Scouters better communicate with and help LDS leaders. These tools take the form of six pillars, called “Why Scouting Matters.” The Utah National Parks Council, BSA is grateful to Rushford Lee and the team at RED research for a second survey of LDS leaders, asking them […]

By Joel Zabriskie
Jan 15, 2015

On Friends of Scouting

In the early 1980’s I served as Chartered Organization Representative (COR) in my local  LDS Ward. The annual Friends of Scouting campaign found me going door-to-door asking for contributions. At one door the gentleman who answered asked why he should donate. I mumbled something that sounded somewhat convincing; enough that he gave a modest amount. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 23, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Scout is Clean

“A Scout is Clean. A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.” In 2010, Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” spoke at the National Jamboree. He explained to the gathered Scouts, “I’m here in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 17, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Scout is Courteous

“A Scout is Courteous. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.” Scouts are taught to be courteous in every circumstance. In this story from Douglas Presença, we see the importance of being courteous even to those who seem […]

By Community Submission
Sep 08, 2014

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act—a Call to Service

The Pleasant Grove District of the Forest Service is planning a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It seems like an ideal activity for Boy Scouts so I was hoping to get the word out to the troops that could potentially participate. Here are the details: The date is September 20th. They […]