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 UtahScouts.org

The Boy Scout Blog at UtahScouts.org

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!

Go to http://blog.utahscouts.org!

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

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 sharleneskidmore@hotmail.com.

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.

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.

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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.

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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • 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

ROUNDTABLE LOCATIONS:

  • 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)
Respectfully,
Ken Krogue

Ken Krogue

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

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

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 msp hack 2017 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