Brand new Council Blog Communicates to Everyone!

For many years every district in the Utah National Parks Council has had one webmaster and a newsletter person who would spend hours designing up a newsletter, print 50 copies, and hand them out on a back table at Roundtable.

The Boy Scout Blog at

The Boy Scout Blog at

Now you know as well as I do that Roundtable has about 1 out of 12 people there who should be there.

I counted in the Alpine District alone about 1700 people whose callings say they should be at Roundtable, we average about 100 people and over that in the Cubs (yeah Cubs!)

Well, great news. We are now doing a Council Blog and will send a newsletter to everyone in the council that we have an email for! Right now that is 63,000 people. That is more people than the Daily Herald, go Boy Scouts!

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Sign up if you don’t receive it. Great news, how-to’s, reports on everything that is happening, and exciting savings and deals from local vendors who give special deals to the Boy Scouts and their supports. Don’t miss out.

HybridLight Solar Flashlight, buy 4 get 1 free special for Boy Scouts only

HybridLight Solar Flashlight, buy 4 get 1 free special for Boy Scouts only

There are some cool new solar flashlights from HybridLight this month, buy 4 get 1 free. I bought 10! Ken

Winter Camping resources

Here are some ideas to help simplify planning for your next winter campout. These were shared in the recent Varsity Huddle.

8 simple tips for a comfortable winter camp

  1. Preparation (mental and physical) for boys and adult leaders.
  2. Burn calories to stay warm—eat lots of calories.
  3. Closed-cell foam pad for sleeping, standing, sitting, etc.
  4. Hot water bottles at night in sleeping bag (Nalgene work best).
  5. Layer clothing – bring a complete change of clothing (especially with snow caves).
  6. Bring an extra sleeping bag, tarp, or blanket for extra warmth.
  7. Sleep with a Beanie.
  8. When building snow caves – take two days to build them.


Winter Camping - Scouting Magazine

Winter Camping – Scouting Magazine

Places to go

  • City Weekly article – Has information about Big Cottonwood Canyon, American Fork Canyon, Spanish Fork Canyon, Strawberry Reservoir, Mirror Lake Highway, East Canyon, Rockport State Park.
  • Utah National Parks Council – Maple Dell or Frandsen Scout Ranch. Overnight packages include activities, equipment and food.

Winter Camping Info

Activity ideas

  • Ice fishing
  • Hiking/Snow-shoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fire building competitions
  • Build a sled to haul gear
  • Shelter building – see link in Winter Camping Info section above for different types
  • Animal tracking
  • Lion hunting game (#4 at
  • Snowshoe soccer
  • Fox and Geese
  • Track and Snow – set up a hurdles course using piles of snow. Can have contests for speed or height.
  • Biathlon
  • Hot springs near Fillmore


For more great ideas for your Team, attend the next Varsity Huddle!

Scouting Ceremonies

For the October Roundtable, we had an interesting presentation and discussion on Scouting ceremonies. We started off by reviewing the history and purpose of ceremonies and then looked at flag ceremonies, campfires, courts of honor, eagle courts, and other awards and ceremonies in more detail.  Resources for enhancing flag ceremonies, recitations of the Scout Oath and Law, and awarding rank advancements to Scouts were reviewed and handed out to attendees.

One important Scout Ceremony is the retiring of the US flag

One important Scout Ceremony is the retiring of the US flag

“Every Scout should be made to feel that he has taken an important forward step in his life when he receives an award or rank advancement.  He should be made to feel that added responsibility has fallen upon his shoulders because he has now become an example for the younger Scouts coming up through the ranks.”

“The primary function of ceremony is to organize the imagination, to emphasize fundamentals and to present in concrete form the abstract sense of idealism, which is inherent in the individual. Good ceremonials stimulate both thought and emotion, and provide a basis for an intelligent and sympathetic conception of one’s duty to God, his country, his neighbor and himself.” –  Raymond Hanson, Scout Executive, San Francisco

In addition to the discussion, we also enjoyed an interesting display of Scouting memorabilia (such as camp and event patches, eagle figurines and an official BSA bugle) and other items (a bear rug to put patches and awards on, campfire stories and handcrafted Scout camp totems) that can be used to enhance Scouting campfires and ceremonies.

Changing the image of Scouting

by Mike Pratt

Ever wondered how to get your boys more engaged with Scouting? Does it suffer from an image problem within your team?

Here are some ideas to get that spark going:

·         Keep the “outing” in “Scouting” – outdoor activities attract boys and get attendance.

·         Make it fun. It’s not all about passing things off.

·         Get them involved and running the program. Involvement leads to buy-in.

·         Do something big and worthwhile. Something they have to work towards to make happen.

·         Ask them to commit. One group got up at 6:30am a week after school was out to start prepping for their big adventure.

·         Help them see beyond the uniform to the things they do as Scouts—river trips, canyoneering, etc.

·         Try using a field uniform (T-shirt) they helped design for identity and esprit de corps.

·         Provide a list of gear they’ll need. Boys get excited about having gadgets.

·         Liken it to them. What do they want to be when they grow up? Help them understand how what they’re doing now leads to success later.

·         Do some marketing – promote the activities, be enthusiastic.

·         Find your own passion in Scouting. You can’t start a fire without heat.

For other ideas see Help Scouts change the perception that Scouting’s not ‘cool’ in the September–October issue of Scouting Magazine.

Find more ways to help your boys by attending roundtable, held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For Boy Scouts, including Venturing and Varsity, go to the LDS chapel at 10400 N. 6000 West. For Cub Scouts, go to the LDS chapel at 6400 W. Timpanogos Highway.

Sign up now for the fall camporee

Don’t miss the Alpine District Fall Campout.

It will be September 28-29 at the Bowery in Lambert Park in Alpine.

The focus will be outdoor ethics: Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly. These skills are needed for the Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, and Climbing merit badges. It will also help your Scouts advance to First Class.

Sign up now. Only a limited number of troops will be allowed. Contact Sharlene Skidmore to sign up: (801) 404-4748 or

Items to bring: besides the usual you may want to bring a chair or bucket w/ lid to sit on during Friday night’s program at 8 p.m.
Patch: the Fall Camporee patch will be available to purchase for $1.00 each

Restrictions: No Fires or charcoal permitted. Camp stoves only permitted in pavilion.

How Cool is Scouting, or The Awesomeness of Scouting

by Jesse Armitage, Michael Spencer, Garrett Vance, Aaron Miller, Camden Fry, Nathan Shattuck, Cameron Miller, David Hatch – 8 Young Men in the Alpine 8th Ward who together worked on their Communications Merit Badge and wrote this blog.

They came up with the title, and each contributed the reasons they think why Scouting is so cool.

1- Going camping with all your buddies.

2- Building friendships.

Alpine 8th Ward Scouts, Varsity, and Venturers working on Communications Merit Badge

Alpine 8th Ward Scouts, Varsity, and Venturers working on Communications Merit Badge

3- The desserts are great.

4- Getting your Eagle Scout is great for your life.

5- Sense of Accomplishment.

6- We go on fun adventures.

7- We learn helpful skills.

8- We become a better neighbor or citizen.

9- I learn obediance and prepare for a full time mission.

10- We come to Scouts because our mom’s want us to.

11- We become the men we want to be.

12- We feel the Spirit of the Lord around the campfire.

24 Ways to Get LDS Youth to Wear the Scouting Uniform

1- Walk them through the full uniform, show where everything goes.

The second class badge in scouting has important symbols

The second class badge in scouting has important symbols

2- Teach the elements of each award, what they mean
3- Wear your uniform always, talk about the meaning of patches, etc. you earned
4- Show your red jacket or sash with all your patches, etc.
5- Make sure kids all have full uniforms, help trade uniforms to keep costs down
6- Show a video of a military uniform inspection

Marine Uniform inspection is a great example for Boy Scouts to wear the Scout Uniform

Marine Uniform inspection is a great example for Boy Scouts to wear the Scout Uniform

7- Have uniform inspections

Have a Scout Uniform inspection

Have a Scout Uniform inspection

8- Have a Marine come and talk about the US military uniform and wear it (or former Marine)
9- Award random points, prizes, treats for uniform inspections
10- Let them make a class b uniform they help design and like
11- Get older (cool, muscular) young men to wear their uniforms to Courts of Honor
12- Assign a Troop guide (cool older boy they respect) to discuss the uniform and wear it proudly.
13- Make a big deal of the merit badge counts as a sign of achievement on the sash
14- Get all boys a sash, even awarding it to new scouts
15- Link the uniform of scouting to the uniform of missionary work (an important goal in LDS units)
16- Get adult priesthood leaders to wear their scouting uniforms to all YM events (lead by example)
17- Tell the stories of Bayden Powell and how the uniform came about

Baden Powell felt strong about the Scout Uniform

Baden Powell felt strong about the Scout Uniform

18- Start a tradition of uniforms that carries on and is upheld,
19- Have older boys come in and discuss traditions (including uniforms) of the units
20- When calling junior leaders, get commitments to wear uniforms and get others to also
21- Priesthood leaders include the uniform commitment when calling new adult leaders
22- Point out kindly but clearly whenever a boy dishonors the uniform (untucked, unbuttoned)
24- Hand out patrol identity patches to the boys (for each patrol)
25- Give out junior leadership patches to all boys immediately on callings to leadership

Scouting is Not Just the Activity Arm of the LDS Priesthood, It is the Priesthood in Action

I am writing this blog on a break as I sit in a training session in Philmont Training Center near Cimarron, New Mexico. I’m here for a week with the Key 3 from the Alpine District.

“I shudder when I hear someone say that Scouting is the activity arm of the priesthood,” said Elder Wilson, “That lessens it’s role. It is really the Priesthood in action.”

Last night we met with Elder David A. Wilson, the LDS Philmont Chaplain for over an hour and got to ask him lots of questions.


Photo by Jason Swenson – From left, Father Raymond L. Fecteau, David A. Wilson and Charlene Wilson take a break from their activities at Philmont to take a picture. Father Fecteau and the Wilsons have developed a friendship through their chaplain service at Philmont.

We had Sacrament Meeting on a Tuesday night a 7pm, actually a common experience for LDS and non-LDS groups who often arrive back from 10-12 day hikes that range from 50 to 105 miles long. These never cease to be life-changing experiences for the youth and adults and the LDS chapel on site offers evening meetings to allow them to share their experiences and testimonies.

One of the first things that Chaplain Wilson taught us was a new way to look at the relationship between the LDS Church and Scouting, which is coming up on it’s 100th anniversary.

“I shudder when I hear someone say that Scouting is the activity arm of the priesthood,” said Elder Wilson, “That lessens it’s role. It is really the Priesthood in action.”

He went on, “I challenge you to find anything in Scouting that does not prepare a young man for faithful service in the Priesthood.

  • Leadership? The Patrol Method.
  • Service? The Eagle Project.
  • Tithing? The Personal Management Merit Badge.
  • Missionary Work? Family Life Merit Badge.
  • Temple Work? Geneology Merit Badge.”

Elder Wilson is one of seven chaplains at Philmont. He and his dear wife Charlene have served at Philmont for eleven years. He and Sister Wilson are from Orem, Utah. Elder Wilson is the only LDS Chaplain outside of the US Military.

Approximately 22,000 Scouts from around the world visit Philmont each year. Elder Wilson opens up the LDS services to all of them as well as the 1,100 employees of Philmont each year. There are also services for Protestants, Catholics, and Jewish scouts.

12th Annual Dutch Oven Roundtable (With Recipes) Best Attended in Five Years

Alpine District Adult Scouters Sample Dutch Oven Dishes from Five Stakes

Alpine District Adult Scouters Sample Dutch Oven Dishes from Five Stakes

Good food brings out boys and Boy Scout Leaders to what many claim is an annual tradition that has gone on over twelve years (still trying to nail down when it started.)

Steve Shippen with his Coca-Cola Chicken (caffeine-free of course)

Steve Shippen with his Coca-Cola Chicken (caffeine-free of course… does caffeine cook off?)

June 14th at 7:15pm at the Highland Heritage Park was the annual Dutch Oven Roundtable for the Alpine District.

Five stakes brought three different Dutch Oven dishes to sample and over seventy leaders came to sample the fare and go home with recipes and a full stomach.

Scott Whiting from Highland East takes first bite of the evening

Scott Whiting from Highland East takes first bite of the evening

Highland West Stake brought Fresco Taco Soup, Sugar Bacon Cheatin’Chili, and Caramel Pudding Cake.

Another stake brought Pepper Chicken Chettinad, Baked Beans, and Yams, Apples, and Potatoes (a favorite of the night)

Larry Walker, a published author on three books about Dutch Oven Cooking, shared his BBQ Ribs and Coke Cake and demonstrated cooking on a Camp Chef when you can’t use charcoal (like all over Utah right now). His site is

Highland West Stake Sugar Bacon Cheatin' Chili

Highland West Stake Sugar Bacon Cheatin’ Chili

Sugar Bacon Cheatin’ Chili (award winning)

1 gallon Cattle Drive Gold Chili from Costco
1 cup bacon bit  crumbles
1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar (to taste)
12 inch Dutch Oven

Run late to any Dutch oven event… with your head held high. Discretely dump the chili, bacon, and brown sugar into Dutch Oven. Throw away the can without being caught. Simmer using bottom heat for about 30 minutes or until chili is hot. Serve with a smile. This recipe, invented in the 23rd Ward by a joyful scouter, was the preferred chili over a dozen made from scratch by ladies of the ward with mad shills. Shhhhhhhhhh!

John Heiner from Alpine North Stake Savoring the Dutch Oven Samples

John Heiner from Alpine North Stake Savoring the Dutch Oven Samples

Alpine North Stake’s John Heiner brought his fancy new multilayer Dutch Oven that allowed for three meatloaf tins with a selection of tasty vegetables underneath. You can’t forget the ketchup though.

John Heiners Fancy Multi-Layer Dutch Oven with Meatloaf Tins on rack over Tasty Vegetables

John Heiners Fancy Multi-Layer Dutch Oven with Meatloaf Tins on rack over Tasty Vegetables


Sharlene Skidmore brought a box oven she made many years ago by lining inside and out with tin foil, a duct-taped window made from a browning bag for a turkey, and shelves made from hangers.

Sharlene Skidmore's foil box oven cooks chocolate chip cookies over briquets

Sharlene Skidmore’s foil box oven cooks chocolate chip cookies over briquets

By using two pie tins inverted and on top of each other and 10-12 briquettes she has an oven that bakes at 350 degrees.

Justin Allen eating while Sharlene Skidmore tells About her Foil Box Oven

Justin Allen eating while Sharlene Skidmore tells About her foil box oven









She demonstrated baking a dozen chocolate chip cookies which disappeared very fast. She has baked muffins, cakes, rolls, etc. And the whole thing folds up thin and packs away easily.

Blackberry Raspberry Cobbler from Justin Allen of the Alpine North Stake

Blackberry Raspberry Cobbler from Justin Allen of the Alpine North Stake

Justin Allen demonstrates another use of tin foil, to avoid time consuming cleanup you line the entire Dutch Oven. You don’t get quite the same taste that Dutch Ovens are famous for, but you definitely save time at the back end of a meal.

Grant Miller Recognized for 60 Years of Service to Boy Scouts

by Ken Krogue, Alpine District Chairman

In the summer of 2011 I spent nearly a week at the bottom of the Grand Canyon at Havasupai Falls with Grant Miller. He and his grandson rode horses down and back, but only because his grandson had broken his leg. I think Grant would have out-hiked us all.

Grant Miller at the bottom of the Grand Canyon showing how he fixed his hiking boots

Grant Miller at the bottom of the Grand Canyon showing how he fixed his hiking boots

We thought his hiking came to an end when the heel of his hiking boots came off. No worries for Grant, he gingerly carved a notch in the heel with his trusty pocketknife, and re-routed his laces through the heel at just the right angle to keep his heel on for the rest of the trip… typical innovative Grant.

I first got to know Grant Miller years ago when I lived in Alpine and I needed some displays for a Court of Honor. I was the Scoutmaster. I went to his house and he took me into his garage where he had dozens and dozens of well organized scouting displays neatly tucked away and ready for use.

And better yet, he knew where everything was.

Along one wall were several handmade plywood kayaks that folded up. A few years ago he taught all the Scouts of Troop 858 how to make those same kayaks during the winter, and they took them to Strawberry Reservoir to try them out.

I got up early the other day to start exercising and joined Grant on his morning hike up to the top of Cemetery Hill in Alpine (he does four laps several days a week.)

On May 10th, 2012, Grant Miller was recognized at Roundtable for earning his 60 year pin

Grant Miller Recognized for 60 Years of Service in Scouting

Grant Miller Recognized for 60 Years of Service in Scouting

for continuous service in Scouting. Nearly two dozen people came in addition to the normal attendees to see him recognized.

I asked him to summarize his service:

“I have been active in scouting 60 years. Active in Scouts, Varsity, Exploring, as a boy and adult. I served as:

  • 11-year-old Leader,
  • Junior Assistant Scoutmaster,
  • Assistant Scoutmaster,
  • Scoutmaster,
  • Assistant Varsity Scout Leader,
  • Institutional Representative,
  • Chartered Organizational Representative,
  • Assistant District Commissioner,
  • Unit Commissioner,

In addition to all these positions in Scouting Grant also graduated from many higher levels of adult scout training as well as serving on staff to train others:

  • Graduate from Commissioner College,
  • BYU Merit Badge Pow-Wow Staff,
  • Boy Scout Roundtable Staff,
  • Varsity Scout Huddle Staff,
  • Wood Badge Trained and earned beads,
  • Completed Basic Training and
  • Served on Basic Training Staff several times.
  • Served on All Star staff (Varsity Scout boy leader training)
  • Completed seven 50 milers (backpacking, kayak, or canoe
  • Member of Stanford Oljato Lodge of Order of the Arrow
  • Attended many camporees and Klondike derbies in many councils.

Grant has received many awards over the years:

  • On My Honor Award
  • Duty to God Award
  • Scoutmaster Key
  • Commissioners Key
  • All four Varsity Scout Letters
  • The Old Spanish Trail Medallion
  • Silver Beaver Award
Grant Miller with Kris Heslop, one of his boy scouts of many years ago

Grant Miller with Kris Heslop, one of his boy scouts of many years ago

Grant had the distinction of being able to serve as Scoutmaster in a Spanish troop while in the army after learning Spanish on his mission. His army service took him all over and allowed him to serve in the following Boy Scout Councils:

  • National Capital Area Council – Washington D.C.
  • Yucca Council – Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Alamo Council – San Antonio, Texas
  • Rio Grand Council – San Benito, Texas
  • Stanford Area Council – Sunnyvale, California
  • Great Salt Lake Council – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah National Parks Council – Alpine, Utah

Any bets on a 70 year pin? I’ll put good money on Grant Miller.

Information for Employers Regarding BSA Wood Badge

Boy Scouts of America
Wood Badge for the 21st Century

Wood Badge is the highest and most advanced training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America.  While it is rich in scouting history and tradition, participants will spend 6 full days and nights learning modern leadership theories from contemporary scholars such as Ken Blanchard (author of the One Minute Manager series of books), Stephen R. Covey (author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle-Centered Leadership), and Spencer Johnson (author of Who Moved My Cheese).  A complete set of references can be found at the end of this document.

Many companies feel the investment in Wood Badge makes a huge difference in the leadership capabilities of their employees who go through the experience.

Wood Badge has five Central Themes that encapsulate the course content. These are:

  1. Living the Values
    1. Values, mission, and vision
    2. Aims and methods
  2. Bringing the Vision to Life
    1. Listening to learn
    2. Communicating
    3. Giving and receiving feedback
    4. Valuing people and leveraging diversity
    5. Coaching and mentoring
  3. Models for Success
    1. High Performance Teams
    2. Team Development Model
    3. Team Leadership Model
    4. Situational Leadership
  4. Tools of the Trade
    1. Project planning
    2. Problem solving and decision making
    3. Managing conflict
    4. Assessing team performance
    5. Self-Assessment
    6. Managing change
    7. Celebrating team success
  5. Leading to Make a Difference
    1. Leaving a legacy
    2. The greatest leadership secret

These workshops are taught through lecture, group discussion, hands on exercises, and through the creation of goals that apply the leadership training received.  At the conclusion of the course, attendees will have created at least 5 goals.  A counselor will be assigned to work with each attendee for 18 months to ensure application of the training they received and the completion of the 5 goals.

Dr. Blanchard’s courses and workshops, offered through The Ken Blanchard Companies, run $500 per day ($3000 for 6 days).  The Boy Scouts of America have negotiated royalty fees and intellectual property rights, which allows them to offer the entire 6-day course for just under $200.

Leaders at many companies (such as IBM, Motorola, and Intel) have recognized the value this training is to their employees.  As such, many agree to pay the course fees and/or give time off as part of their employee’s professional development and training plan.  Individual company policies vary, however.  If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council at (602) 955-7747. 

Wood Badge Training Resources

Bennis, Warren, and Joan Goldsmith. Leaming to Lead-A Workbook on Becoming a Leader. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company,1997.

Bennis, Warren. Managing People Is Like Herding Cats. Provo, Utah: Executive Excellence Publishing, 1997.

Bennis, Warren. Old Dogs, New Tricks. Provo, Utah:  Executive Excellence Publishing, 1999.

Bennis, Warren. On Becoming a Leader.  Reading,Mass.: Perseus Books, 1994.

Bennis, Warren. Why Leaders Can’t Lead – The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1989.

Blanchard, Ken, Bill Hybels, and Phil Hodges.  Leadership by the Book- Tools to Transform Your Workplace. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1999.

Blanchard, Ken, John P. Carlos, and W. Alan Randolph. Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute. New York: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1996.

Blanchard, Ken, John P. Carlos, and Alan Randolph.  The 3 Keys to Empowerment-Release the Power Within People for Astonishing Results. New York: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999.

Blanchard, Ken, Sheldon Bowles, Don Carew, and Eunice Parisi-Carew. High Five! The Magic of Working Together. New York: William Morrow and Company, 2001.

Blanchard, Kenneth, and Norman Vincent Peale. The Power of Ethical Management. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1988.

Blanchard, Ken, Donald Carew, and Eunice Parisi-Carew. The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams. New York: William Morrow and Company, 2000.

Blanchard, Kenneth, Patricia Zigarmi, and Drea Zigarrni. Leadership and the One Minute Manager-Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1985.

Covey, Stephen R. Principle-Centered Leadership. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.

Covey, Stephen R., A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill. First Things First. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

De Pree, Max. Leadership Is an Art. New York: Doubleday, 1989.

De Pree, Max. Leadership Jazz. New York: Currency Doubleday, 1992.

De Pree, Max. Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997.

Deeprose, Diana. The Team Coach. American Management Association, 1995.

Giber, David, Louis Carter, and Marshall Goldsmith. Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook. Linkage, 1999.

Greenleaf, Robert K. Servant Leadership-A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. New York: Paulist Press, 1991.

Heenan, David A., and Warren Bennis. Co-Leaders: The Power of Great Partnerships. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.

Hersey, Paul, Kenneth H. Blanchard, and Dewey E. Johnson. Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese? New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons. 1998.

Kotter, John P. Leading Change. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press, 1996.

Lee, Blaine. The Power Principle-Influence With Honor. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

McCauley, Cynthia D., Russ S. Moxley, and Ellen Van Velsor, eds. Handbook of Leadership Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Weaver, Richard G., and John D. Farrell. Managers as Facilitators: A Practical Guide to Getting Work Done in a Changing Workplace. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999.

Welcome Alpine District Scouters!

Dear Alpine District Scouters,
I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Ken Krogue and I’ve been called to replace Rod Lisonbee as the new Alpine District Chairman.
I work in the District “Key 3″ with Grant Hansen, the District Executive, and Kevin Card, the District Commissioner.
The three of us just spent all day in Richfield, Utah on Saturday getting trained to help you in the Alpine District.
  • We are bringing back the “Stake Corners” to Roundtable. It will begin at 8:15 on the second Thursday of each month.
  • We will be having some training by one of the stakes all together during this time this first month for Stake Corners so don’t bother preparing much.
  • Kevin Card, Grant Chandler, and the whole Roundtable team will be ready for fun, information, and inspiration! Don’t Miss!
  • We will be using a new communication system to make everyone aware of key information.
ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULE (2nd Thursday, May 10th)
  • District Committee – 6:30PM
  • Roundtable Begins – 7:15PM Scouts+, 7:00PM Cubs
  • Breakout Meetings – 7:30PM
  • Stake Corner Meetings – 8:15PM


  • Scouts/Varsity/Ventures – 5980 West 10400 North, Highland Utah (Strasburg Building) – 7:15 – 8:30PM
  • Cubs – 10962 N 6400 W, Highland Utah (Hollowcrest Building) – 7:00 – 8:30PM
  • (see maps below)
Ken Krogue

Ken Krogue

District Chairman | Alpine District | Utah National Parks Council
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Why Training?

Taken from “Scouting and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” (May 2010)

The LDS Scouting Handbook places an increased responsibility on Church leaders, both stake and ward, to train LDS Scout leaders in the Scouting program. This means that stake and ward leaders need to know the Scouting program and must be trained themselves.

In January 2010, the Young Men General Presidency wrote,

“Mandatory training for Scout leaders will be rolled out over the next three years. All direct-contact leaders will need to attend in order to remain registered. It is the local council’s responsibility to provide training for all leaders in the program. Each council needs to focus on training individual leaders, and should not solely provide training for leaders to attend. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supports the mandatory training policy and desires all Scouting leaders to receive the training necessary for their individual position.” 
The Young Men General Presidency also stated,

“We must find ways to help each adult who works with Young Men to have a desire to become fully trained. If we are going to be able to provide a dynamic Aaronic Priesthood activity program that develops them spiritually, creates strong brotherhood, provides wide opportunity for service to others, and reaches out to all young men, we must be better prepared to use the tools of Scouting through proper understanding. That understanding only comes through effective training and proper implementation.” 

The Boy Scouts of America offers basic training (New Leader Essentials and the appropriate leader-specific courses) for each Scouting position, as well as other courses such as Wood Badge, to help leaders learn Scouting methods and skills. Taking training should help the leaders properly understand the program so that it meets the intended results of both the BSA and the Church. Scout leaders may enroll in these courses to supplement training from local priesthood leaders.

In the February 2007 LDS Relationships Newsletter, President Dahlquist of the Young Men General Presidency emphasized the importance of Wood Badge training:

“If we are really intent in touching the lives of our young men—in building, as Elder Ballard has challenged, ‘the greatest generation of missionaries this world has ever seen’—then we will do whatever is necessary to help us to accomplish that, including getting trained. For most of us, Wood Badge is life-changing because it has to do more with vision and understanding this great tool for strengthening young men of the Aaronic Priesthood than anything else.”
Elder Christopher Munday
Elder Dan Jones

The Importance of Wood Badge Training

The Importance of Wood Badge Training

President Dahlquist

The Importance of Woodbadge Training - Comments by Charles W Dahlquist, II - Young Men General President

February 2007 Comments by
Charles W. Dahlquist, II
Young Men General President

It is vital that we, as Priesthood and Aaronic Priesthood/Young Men leaders take training seriously. We are part of this great partnership with Boy Scouts of America for very specific reasons: If we fully participate, our young men will be blessed and better prepared for missions and for the blessings of the temple. Part of the participation is training – especially Wood Badge training.

If we are really intent in touching the lives of our young men, in building, as Elder Ballard has challenged,” the greatest generation of missionaries this world has ever seen…,” then we will do whatever is necessary to help us to accomplish that — including getting trained.  For most of us, Wood Badge is life-changing because it has to do more with vision and understanding than anything else.

Just to be candid with you, I struggle with the goals of “1 per ward per year” or “two per stake per year” or “3 1/2 per unit per two – three years…”  And even more ridiculous is the goal that a leader take Wood Badge within 1-2 years after he has taken Basic Training.  Statistics tell us that by that time, 90% of our leaders will be doing something else!

I suggest that it would be helpful to re-read D&C 128:19-22 and see just how important training was to the Prophet Joseph.  Granted, his training came from beyond the veil.  However, without it, he could not have accomplished what he did.

Just because this is God’s work, why do we think that we do not need to be trained in that program which the Church has espoused for nearly 100 years as the “activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood?”  And the reason why Scouting training is vital is that, by and large, we do a very poor job in training the leaders we call to Aaronic Priesthood/Young Men callings — and yet expect them to work miracles in the lives of their young men.  One of the great blessings of our partnership with Scouting is the marvelous training that is provided.

The call is for every leader, including stake presidency members working with youth, high councilors, stake Young Men presidents, Bishoprics, ward Young Men leaders and Scouting leaders to be trained.  By my count that is, at the least, 7-10 per ward and 50-75 per stake.  I know companies that don’t even allow a new employee to step into the plant or office until he has received initial training.  They do that because they know that, without training, most individuals will be ineffective in the job they were hired to do.  And yet, we call leaders to strengthen, motivate and prepare young men for missionary service and life in general — without one iota of training.

In contrast to that, I know one bishop who has 17 Wood Badge trained leaders in his ward.  Imagine the strength of their youth program.  I was in another ward the other day — a new ward with little Scout tradition.  I was there because my grandson, now 11 years old, was getting his Second Class and First Class badges.  As I spoke with a member of the bishopric after the Court of Honor, he indicated that their entire Scouting team — Bishopric, Young Men presidency and Scouting leaders were heading to Wood Badge in October.  I can only imagine what a great blessing that will be to the boys those leaders serve.  INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT 1 FROM A WARD AND TWO FROM A STAKE — WHY DON’T WE JUST COMMIT TO GET EVERY LEADER TRAINED, INCLUDING FAST START, BASIC TRAINING AND WOOD BADGE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY ARE CALLED.  Once a priesthood leader makes that type of an investment in the training of a leader, he will be less likely to release him after 6 months of faithful service — but will leave him in long enough to have a positive effect in the life of a boy.

There is one other reason why training is important.  In the BSA, we have approximately 17% of the boys registered nationally.  However, 50% of the fatalities arising from activity-related accidents were in LDS sponsored units.  As we have evaluated each of these, there are three reasons for these accidents:  (1) lack of training (most didn’t even know what the BSA “Guide to Safe Scouting” was);  (2) lack of tenure; and (3) lack of common sense.

One final thought and then I’ll stop.  With some exceptions, generally the best Duty to God progress is made in those units that also have vibrant Scouting programs.  The lessons on achievement programs learned in Scouting are the same that will make Duty to God effective.  I seldom see a ward or stake that has a vibrant, exciting, building Duty to God program, that does not also have a great Scouting program.

Not long ago, I spoke with a ward YM leader who was excited about the Duty to God program they had for their priests.  “One week we have one mission president come and talk to the boys about this subject, and the next week, we have a returned missionary come and talk about that subject, …etc.”  I asked, “Are they all lecture/discussions in the Church building?”  “Yes,” was the answer.  “And do they constitute your full activity program for priests, except for the joint activities?”  Again the answer was “Yes.”  Then I asked, “And are your priests excited about what you are doing?”  After some reflection, this Young Men president said, “You know, they really aren’t.  We are having a very hard time getting them to attend.”  Had this leader been to Wood Badge, he would have learned early that when you take “fun” out of youth programs — most of the youth take themselves out as well.  Scouting teaches us how to build character and spiritual depth in our young men, and how to help them become involved in service and making a difference in the lives of others — while they are having fun.  I, personally, am grateful for the effect of my own personal attendance at Wood Badge at Camp Maple Dell 23 years ago.  I may not remember how to make a woggle, but I can still recall my feelings experienced during the training — it was life changing for me.

Thanks for all you do to strengthen the programs of the Aaronic Priesthood within your area.  I had not intended to be so long-winded, but have strong feelings — as if you couldn’t tell.

Best wishes,
Charles Dahlquist
Charles W. Dahlquist, II
Young Men General President