By Kent Hansen
Dec 06, 2017

LDS Area Seventy to speak at University of Scouting

The Utah National Parks Council is pleased to announce that Elder Dale H. Munk, LDS Church Seventy, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s University of Scouting event on February 24, 2018.

Elder Munk previously served as a bishop, bishop’s counselor, high councilor, stake president’s counselor and stake president.

He graduated from the University of Utah with his bachelor’s degree and MBA in finance. He married JoAnn Hammond and together they have five children.

Supplemental training for all:

In addition to the keynote speaker, this supplemental training for adult leaders will offer fun, learning, and fellowship for all who attend. It is the only time during the year where you can find, all in one place, the widest variety of supplemental training opportunities in all program areas.

Whether you are new to the program or a veteran, the University will provide interesting courses in Cub Scouting, Boy ScoutingVarsity ScoutingVenturing and what we call General Scouting Studies. Participants will enhance their Scouting & leadership skills to create a better Scouting experience for their youth. The focus is on adult training.

Download the course catalog for 2018 (updated 1/4/2018) here to get a sneak peek at what courses will be offered.

Last but not least, there will be tons of prizes and giveaways as well as a silent auction to raise money for Youth and Adult Leadership Training Scholarships.

Features for 2018:

  • Cub College
  • Boy Scout College
  • Advancement College
  • Training College
  • Spanish College — two full day tacks taught in Spanish
  • General Studies College
  • Youth Leadership College
  • The Leadership Summit — for LDS Stake and Ward Leaders
  • 2-time World Dutch Oven Champion Matt Pelton
  • Super Fun Midway
  • Catered Lunch (optional)
  • Awesome Keynote Speaker
  • Note: There will not be a Varsity College and Venturing College this year

*Note: University of Scouting is an adult leader learning experience. Babysitting or childcare services are not available. Youth attending the Den Chief training are permitted to register for other classes.

New for 2018:

The Leadership Summit — for LDS Ward and Stake Leaders: 2 Full-day Tracks starting with the keynote for all Ward and Stake Leaders in our council and others who want to attend:

  • “Mini Philmont for Stake and Ward Aaronic Priesthood Leaders”
  • “Scouting Leadership Training for Stake and Ward Primary Presidencies”
  • New and Improved Youth Leadership College! More games and fun as we learn and apply awesome leadership skills
  • Great New Classes in every college

Registration Information:

  • Registration will open up later this month.
  • Walk-ins are allowed but the event patch, breakfast, and purchasing a lunch will not be guaranteed.
  • Register online below or fill out the application in the catalog and bring/mail it to the council office.
  • Den Chiefs cannot attend their training and the Youth College, as the schedules overlap.
  • YOUTH COLLEGE PARTICIPANTS:  Boys registering for this new program should be between the ages of 13-18 and have achieved at least the Star rank. See information in the UoS catalog for more details.


  • Breakfast: 6:30 am
  • Registration Opens: 7:00 am
  • Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker: 8:00am
  • Classes: 9am – 4pm (7 total class periods, with 2 Lunch Periods to choose from)
  • Youth College Opening Ceremony: 9:00am
  • Youth College Classes: 10am-4pm (lunch included)
  • Lunch: 11am or 12pm – Purchasing a lunch does not automatically reserve a space for you in the Blue and Gold Lunch breakout or in the Institute Gym. You must sign up for that as a class if you would like to attend.
  • Midway: 10am – 4pm
  • Silent Auction 8am-12:45pm
  • Grand Prize Giveaways: 4:05pm
  • Event End / Cleanup: 4:30pm

Testimonials from last year’s event:

“I loved the caliber of the teachers and the wide variety of subjects. I feel like a new boy scout going to scout camp earning merit badges!”
“There were so many great topics offered. Energy and excitement! I loved every class I went to. 🙂 Loved the location. It was convenient and easily accessible. It’s fun to get such a great looking patch.”

Other Details

$5.00 per New Faculty/Staff
$15.00 per Participant (including Den Chiefs)
$15.00 per Youth College Participant
Before 2/4/2018 a discount of $5.00 will apply to all Participant (including Den Chiefs) Registrants.
Event fees are final except in a limited number of circumstances where a partial refund may be granted. You may transfer your registration to another Scout leader, but he/she must use your class schedule or make changes to that schedule by February 14, 2018.
Author: Kent Hansen & Scott Anderson | Co-Chairs, University of Scouting 2017
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2 thoughts on “LDS Area Seventy to speak at University of Scouting

  1. AvatarAngie Gorrell

    I’m having trouble finding a link to download the course catalog for the 2018 University of Scouting. Where is that?

    1. Kimball VaughnKimball Vaughn

      Hi Angie, great question! There are two ways to find it:

      1. Click the register button on this article and you will be able to find a link that says “NEW! The UoS 2018 Course Catalog (Updated 1/4/2018, v2a) ” click it to download the course catalog.

      2. Under the Paragraph where it says “Supplemental training for all,” and the sentence “Download the course catalog for 2018 (updated 1/4/2018) here to get a sneak peek at what courses will be offered” click where it says “here.”

      Let me know if it that works! 🙂


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