Tag Archives: Utah National Parks Council

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 Madison Austin
Sep 28, 2017

Merit Badge Adventures at Maple Dell Scout Camp Make Advancement a Breeze

Merit Badge Adventures at Maple Dell Scout Camp have proved time and time again to be a great atmosphere for Scouts to have fun and pursue advancement. This past weekend, the Porter Rockwell District of the Utah National Parks Council put together and hosted the whole event. It was a great success and we are […]

By Melany Gardner
Aug 24, 2017

Animated Friends of Scouting Video Explains Where the Money Goes

Ever wonder where Friends of Scouting dollars go? How is the money used? What does the Council really do for local Scouting? Explore these questions with John, a new Scoutmaster, as he discusses these questions with his bishop. John is a new Scoutmaster feeling a little overwhelmed. He has lots of questions about his new […]

By Darryl Alder
Aug 23, 2017

Do You Need an Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills?

Nearly every Scouter in the Council has some training in Scouting and now, with the new online courses at my.Scouting.org training has become a breeze. However, the capstone to basic training, is NorthStar or Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. This course is only taught well… outdoors.  In order to be considered “trained,” along with Scoutmaster Specific Training, […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 31, 2017

The August Activities at Wasatch Mountain State Park You Don’t Want to Miss

There is a lot going on at Wasatch Mountain State Park this August, so get out and enjoy your park!  Here’s the schedule:  Saturday, August 5, at 7 pm: Night Animals Program Sunday, August 6, 10am-12pm: Historic Huber Grove Tour: Saturday, August 12, 8am-5pm: Military Appreciation Day Saturday, August 12, 9am-1pm: Trail Work Day Saturday, […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 28, 2017

Beaver High Adventure Base’s Best Kept Secrets

If you haven’t been to Beaver High Adventure Base, then I am sorry. It truly is an alpine paradise tucked away, high within Fishlake National Forest. I had the great opportunity to visit camp up at Beaver last week. Luckily, I made it in time, as it was the last day of their last week […]

By Katie Morrell
Jul 26, 2017

The Sun Sets on a New Week: Returning to Tifie Scout Camp on Sunday Evenings

The bridge is the first sign that we are almost back.  It is one of those bridges that somehow seems older than the land surrounding it.  Sometimes I wonder what came first, Tifie Scout Camp or the bridge.  My guess would be the bridge. The bridge is the welcome mat of Tifie and stands at […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 10, 2017

Retaining Our Young Men In Scouting

Even since the early years of Scouting, retaining older youth provides a challenge.  There are many reasons why boys decide to quit Scouting. Many want to be with their peers and, for the most part, Boy Scout troops lack a good peer environment for high-school-aged boys. Other boys may get bored with the program around the […]

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
Jun 30, 2017

Finding Exceptional Ways to Meet Advancement Requirements without Exception

“Meet the requirements as they are written with no exception.” This quote is from the Guide to Advancement, topic 10.2.2.0. At first glance, it may sound a bit harsh or restrictive. It could even leave one wondering how a Scout with special needs can meet requirements that seem too tough. Well, through some creativity and […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 27, 2017

Experience the Buck Hollow Adventure

Totin’ Chip, Hiking, Stargazing, First Aid, Knots & Lashings, Leave No Trace, Nature, and Orienteering – some of the most exciting Boy Scout Advancements. And they can all be found in the same place at Buck Hollow Scout Ranch.  Buck Hollow Scout Ranch is home to Adventure Park and the Webelos Wilderness Adventure. While paying […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 23, 2017

The Summer’s Best Stake Activity Starts at Scout Camp

This summer, it’s time to get to know your stake a little bit better. And what better way to do that than to enjoy repelling, river rafting, canyoneering, mountain biking and hiking together, as a whole stake? Scout Camps are open for the summer, and they are for more than just Scouts. It’s time to make […]

By Kevin Hunt
Jun 17, 2017

Look Out Camp Thunder Ridge, Here Come the Warriors

It was the second night of our first week of camp at Camp Thunder Ridge 2017.  And the scene was a campwide flag ceremony. Troop 26 had volunteered to present the ceremony.   I was their assigned camp commissioner but it was at this flag ceremony that they really got my attention. I knew that they […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 15, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About What’s Happening This Summer At Entrada

The warmth of the red desert surrounds you as you as you pull into camp at Entrada High Adventure Base. It’s 6:30 am and the site is already bustling with life as the staff and campers get ready for a long day of excursions and activities in the Moab Desert. Entrada is special because there […]

By Madison Austin
Jun 02, 2017

Nine-Year-Old Cub Scouts Become Scout Expo 2017 Top Ticket Sellers

Scouts have always been great examples of hard work and dedication. This effort is important in accomplishing the goals of the Boy Scouts. Two young Bear Scouts from the Cedar Breaks District of the Utah National Parks Council exemplified this, demonstrating just how hard Scouts can work. Jaren Green, from pack 1891, and Braxton Anderson, […]

By Madison Austin
May 20, 2017

Get Ready For Camp Event – A Success!

At the Utah National Parks Council in Orem, Utah, the yearly “Get Ready for Camp” event brought families and Boy Scouts into the Scout Shop to get ready for a summer of camps.  This yearly event features everything a boy would need to prepare for any of the Boy Scout camps they are heading to. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 11, 2017

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT —  On May 11, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced, “the Church will no longer charter Varsity or Venturing units with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada effective January 1, 2018. We express sincere appreciation and gratitude […]

By Joni Crane
Apr 10, 2017

Winter Snowpack Destroys Bacon Park Structures

Since the mid-1970’s, in the coldest part of February, volunteers with Boy Scouts of America have headed to the well-known James Bacon Memorial Park, or Bacon Park as it is commonly called, to clear heavy snow from roads so that young men from all over the Uintah Basin can spend a few very uncomfortable days […]

By Annaleis Smith
Oct 25, 2016

Six Pillars of Cub Scouting

The Six Pillars of Scouting are not new to anyone who has read this blog for very long. I’ve also heard them called the “Six Pillars of Being Prepared” or “Why Scouting Matters.” I think I first read them back in 2014. I liked them, but… I am a Cub Scout leader and didn’t feel they really […]