Utah National Parks Council

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Utah National Parks Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Orem, Utah
Location Orem, Utah, Cedar City, Utah, St. George, Utah, Ephraim, Utah, Price, Utah, Richfield, Utah, Vernal, Utah, Heber City, Utah
Country United States
  • Youth: 89,712
 26,510  Cub Scouts
 38,398  Boy/Varsity Scouts
 14,286  Venturers  
 10,518  Learning for Life

(includes Explorers)

  • Adults 44,739
  • Units 6,299
  • (Dec 31, 2014)
President Stan Lockhart
Council Commissioner Richard DuBois
Scout Executive David Pack
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The Utah National Parks Council (UNPC) is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that serves youth in areas of Utah who live south of Salt Lake County, Utah and in some isolated areas of Nevada and Arizona. It is headquartered in Orem, Utah. As of December 31, 2013, UNPC is the largest of 272 local councils and is geographically within the Western Region of BSA.[1] In 2011, the UNPC was recognized by the Utah Best of State Foundation as Utah's Best Humanitarian Organization. UNPC is a non-profit corporation governed by Scouting policies and a local community-based Executive Board.[2]


UNPC is organized into 21 geographic areas known as Districts, each delivering Scouting programs to their local communities:[3] Alpine, Arapeen, Black Diamond, Bryce Canyon, Cathedral Gorge, Cedar Breaks, Great Basin, High Uintah, Hobble Creek, Iron Horse, Mount Nebo, Orem, Porter Rockwell, Provo Peak, San Juan, Snow Canyon, Tavaputs, Timpanogos, Wasatch and Zion District


UNPC operates eight Scout camps and two high adventure bases throughout central and southern Utah.[4] They include Maple Dell, Tifie, Blue Mountain, High Uintah, Scofield, and Thunder Ridge Scout Camps. Camp Jeremiah Johnson (Cub Scout Day Camp) and Buck Hollow (Adventure Park for New [11 yr old] Scouts and Webelos [10 yr old] Wilderness Adventure) are camps dedicated to serving younger Scouts and Cubs. Entrada and Beaver High Adventure Bases serve primarily Varsity Scout teams and Venturing crews.[5]

UNPC also has Quail Creek Camp and Bacon Park Camp. These areas are used for unit and districts activities, family reunions, and council training courses.

Training Courses at Camps[edit]

UNPC offers structured youth, adult Scouter, and family in-residence training courses at several of its Scout Camps.

Wood Badge[edit]

"Two tiny wooden beads on a leather thong. Doesn’t sound like an outstanding badge and mark of distinction, but it is known and respected as such around the globe. It is symbolic of the interest and efforts of one man on behalf of others that created and launched the largest movement for boys that the world has every known."[6]

The Wood Badge is the award given to those who complete the highest adult Scouter training course in Scouting. Courses are authorized by national BSA and are usually sponsored by a local council or region.[7]

"It is the mark of men who have demonstrated that they are men of character who are devoted to a cause: men who strive for perfection well knowing that even the best is not enough; men that hold the welfare of others above self; Scouters who live up to all that name implies."[8]

UNPC offered 14 Wood Badge for the 21st Century courses in 2011 and trained 376 adult Scouters in 2010.[9]

Timberline (NYLT)[edit]

Timberline is what UNPC calls its National Youth Leadership Training courses. In 2010, UNPC trained 889 youth in this course over 12 summer weeks in 39 separate courses.[10][11]

Family Camp[edit]

UNPC used to offer an annual Family Camp program at Camp Maple Dell which allowed a whole family to participate in the fun activities associated with a Scout camp as a family and without an advancement focus.

UNPC also offers a Family Odyssey program which is modeled after the Philmont Training Center experience at Tifie Scout Camp. This is a family program where a parent may attend Wood Badge, a Scout aged child may attend Timberline (NYLT), and the rest of the family may participate in age appropriate activities all at the same camp and all during the same week.[12]

Eagles Nest[edit]

UNPC has a nationally sanctioned National Eagle Scout Association committee which recognizes new Eagle Scouts as well as notable Eagle Scouts from the council. "Our council is the largest in the country, and we really have had the lead in Eagle Scout awards the last two years," said John Gaily, council program director. "We are by far the most." In 2010, UNPC recognized 2,818 new Eagle Scouts.[13]

UNPC and NESA recognize notable Eagle Scouts with either the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award or the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award: Notable Eagle Scouts from UNPC include:[14]

Distinguished Eagle Scouts[edit]

Outstanding Eagle Scouts[edit]

Lyle R. Anderson (Monticello), Brent F. Ashworth (Provo), Duane F. Atkinson (Pleasant Grove), Lewis K. Billings (Provo), Leonard M. Blackham (Moroni), Brent Boswell (Nephi), John Curtis (Provo), Mark R. Dennis (Roosevelt), Eric R. Dodge (Washington), Gary B. Doxey (Pleasant Grove), Clifford V. Dunn (St. George), Scott E. Eastmond (Lehi), Marc J. Ellison (American Fork), Kendall T. Ewell (Genola), Tracy M. Frandsen (Spanish Fork), Boyd Fugal (Orem), Joe Goff (Pleasant Grove), Mark H. Gubler (St. George), David F. Gunn (Provo), Stephen Hales (Provo), Marty Val Hill (Pleasant Grove), Don R. Hinton (Washington), Matthew S. Holland (Orem), Dwight H. Inouye (Gunnison), Garr P. Judd (Orem), Don C. Larson (Blanding), Senator Michael S. Lee (Alpine), Richard McAllister (Lehi), Gary L. Morill (Orem), Brandon Mull (Highland), Benjamin J. Nolte (Lindon), Dale S. Orton (Cedar City), Ron Otterstrom (Spanish Fork) Jacob S. Paul (Provo), Sam Penrod (American Fork), Gary Pocock (Provo), Gail H. Roper (Orem), Jon W. Rosdahl (Highland), Glade Sanders (Nephi), KC Shaw (Orem), Michael D. Shumway (American Fork), Craig J. Skidmore (Alpine), Mark R. Stoddard (Nephi), Vern Stratton (Orem), Terry L. Wade (St. George), Brad E. Walton (Highland), Richard L. White (Springville), Richard E. Whitehead (Pleasant Grove), David A. Wilson (Orem), Lenard Wing (Lehi), and Scott Wyatt (Ephraim).[15]

Tu-Cubin-Noonie Lodge[edit]

The Tu-Cubin-Noonie Lodge of the Order of the Arrow was established in the UNPC on May 24, 1954.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cathy, Allred (28 February 2011). "Scouting Activity Highest in Utah National Parks Council". Daily Herald. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Executive Board Members and Assignments". UNPC Website. UNPC. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Directory of Districts". 
  4. ^ "UNPC Website". Scout Camps. UNPC. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Guide to Utah Scout Camps". MainTour. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ The History of Wood Badge in the United States. BSA. 1990. ISBN 0-8395-4533-9. 
  7. ^ Barnard, Mike. "Wood Badge". Wood Badge for the 21st Century. Mike Barnard. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  8. ^ The History of Wood Badge in the United States. BSA. 1990. ISBN 0-8395-4533-9. 
  9. ^ "Wood Badge Course Registration Listing". 2011 Wood Badge Courses. UNPC. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Timberline Course Listing". Timberline. UNPC. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "NYLT". National Youth Leadership Training. BSA. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Family Odyssey". Wood Badge with Family Odyssey. UNPC. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Cathy, Allred (28 February 2011). "Scouting Activity Highest in Utah National Parks Council". Daily Herald. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Award Recipients". UNPC Website. UNPC. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.nesa.org/outstanding_eagle.html
  16. ^ "Tu-Cubin-Noonie Lodge History". UNPC Website. UNPC. Retrieved 29 September 2011.