New Districts…

Dear Scouters:

The time is finally arriving to change our council from the previous existing fifteen districts down to the new five districts.  This is both exciting and challenging all at once.  In coming weeks you will hear of the specific details through new district Key 3s and their newly formed district committees.  You can even be involved as you serve in your unit or in a district position to help Scouting continue its path in your area. CouncilCommissioner_4k

The ideals and methods of Scouting remain the same.  Our numbers will be fewer than in the past but we can grow.  Of particular importance will be the formation of new packs, troops and crews with strong unit leaders and committees supporting them.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer sponsor units after 2019 but many of their youth will be looking for units to join.  Several new units have ben sponsored in recent months but many more are needed.  Do you know someone who wants to sponsor a unit and has a location where they could meet?  Share that information with your new district leadership right away.

There will be new Roundtable locations and staff forming.  We hope that all unit leaders will come and take advantage of the traditional format of learning and sharing scouting ideas together.  The new districts will be letting you know the when and where of those.

Unit commissioners become as important as ever.  Each unit whether old or new will have a commissioner who can visit and assist the unit committees to access the resources and programs of the district and council.  This friend to the unit should be well known to all and a welcomed guest at unit meetings and activities.

Are you excited for the future?  I am!  Can you see the possibilities?  I can!  Can you join us in launching five new districts and getting to know lots of new Scouting friends?  I am sure you can!  Welcome to this new chapter of Trapper Trails Council history.  It is going to be great . . . because of you.

Russ Tanner – Council Commissioner

How To Find A New Unit To Transfer To

Allen and Tiger Cub

One of the most frequent questions that come to the Scout Service Center is how do I find a pack, troop, crew, ship, or post in my area to transfer into.  The answer is only a click away.  Go to  This is where you will find the location for units in your area that are welcoming youth and adults who want to join.  There are videos about the values of Scouting and information concerning transferring.  If you have questions, you are welcome to call the Scout Service Center at (801) 479-5460.  You can also find information about starting a new Scouting unit in your area.

This is a great time to transfer or join Scouting and be ready for all the fun coming this Fall.  Your new opportunity is only a click away.  Get ready for the adventure, join Scouting!

Spring Merit Badge Camporee


Come enjoy a special opportunity this weekend to camp at Camp Fife and provide your Scouts with a chance to work on many great merit badges.  The Spring Merit Badge Camporee will be April 12th and 13th and units are welcome to stay through the 14th if they choose.  All Scouts BSA troops are invited.  More information is available at or by clicking here, spring camporee.


Congratulations To These New Packs & Troops

2019 is already proving to be a great year for new Scouting units in the Trapper Trails Council.  Here’s a list:

Troop 519 – Sponsored by Mountain Road Church in Fruit Heights, UT

Troop 596 – Sponsored by Brandaris Inc. in Kaysville, UT

Troop 7196 – Sponsored by the Roy Elks Lodge in Roy, UT

Troop 54 – Sponsored by Elim Lutheran Church in Ogden, UT

Troop 745 – Sponsored by Fellowship Bible Church in Liberty, UT

Troop 2119 – Sponsored by Zootah in Logan, UT

Troop 542 – Sponsored by Larry’s Inspection Services LLC in Roy, UT

Pack 542 – Sponsored by Larry’s Inspection Services LLC in Roy, UT

Troop 307 – Sponsored by YWCA in Rock Springs, WY

Troop 47 – Sponsored by the American Legion in Hyrum, UT

To find out more information about these and many other Packs, Troop, Crews, Posts, and Ships in your area, go to or call the Scout Service Center at (801) 479-5460.  These new units, plus many others are looking for new Scouts to join.  Whether your son or daughter is new to Scouting or looking to transfer from an different unit, there’s a place available.

Opportunities to help…

Dear Scouters,

As part of the many adjustments being made this year in preparation for a new and different size council next year we have to re-organize our districts.  This means both change and opportunity.  If we take advantage of the opportunity more than we lament the change we can be successful.  I believe that we can do so and it begins now. CouncilCommissioner_4k

We will merge the fifteen current districts into five.  They will be geographical in nature and be led by Key 3’s (District Chair, District Commissioner & District Executive) of experience and enthusiasm.  There will need to be new district committees formed by combining those who wish to continue to serve with those who are new and bring different ideas.  We will see an increase in diversity and a flood of new ways of looking at things.  It can be fun and profitable.

I hope that you will look at your self as a Scouter and see where you can help.  Whether you serve in a unit direct contact position or on the committee, whether you have a district position that now changes or it is your first time to be asked to help on that level, you can make a difference for the boys and girls that Scouting serves.  Yes I said girls.  That is another great opportunity that is now open.  Girls can join packs and troops and should be encouraged to do so.  We need to be ready to serve them too.

Let’s all join in this great time of changes and opportunities with the goal in mind of providing the best scouting experience we can for the youth of our area.  Don’t worry so much about what your new district is called or how it is located as you.  Put your energy into making the new organization work and be effective at delivering the aims and methods of Scouting as it has for over a century.

I commit to do the same and wish good Scouting to you,

Russ Tanner – Council Commissioner

Top 10 questions and answers about Scouts BSA.


The BSA’s official blog, Brian on Scouting, posted some great information concerning Scouts BSA in a question and answer format.  I thought this might be of interest.


Allen Endicott

Scout Executive


There’s enthusiasm for the launch of Scouts BSA everywhere you look.

You see it on social media, where young people are saying, #ScoutMeIn. You see it on the news as reporters highlight the BSA’s commitment to the whole family. And you see it in all 50 states, with new Scouts BSA troops for girls forming from coast to coast.

As with anything new, there’s bound to be some questions. The BSA has covered almost all of them on the Family Scouting page (look for the link marked “FAQ”).

But today I thought I’d extract the top 10 questions I’ve seen from parents and volunteers. Here we go.

1. Are all BSA programs now co-ed?

While it’s true that all BSA programs now welcome both boys/young men and girls/young women, it’s not accurate to call every program co-ed.

Let’s review the structure of each program:

  • Cub Scouts (ages 5 to 10): Dens are either all-boy or all-girl. Packs come in three varieties: only all-boy dens, only all-girl dens, or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens.
  • Scouts BSA (ages 11 to 17): Troops are either all-boy or all-girl. Linked troops are an option (see question 3, below).
  • Venturing (ages 14 to 20, or 13 and completed eighth grade): Crews are co-ed.
  • Sea Scouts (ages 14 to 20, or 13 and completed eighth grade): Ships are co-ed.
  • Exploring (ages 10 to 20): Clubs and posts are co-ed.

2. Why did the BSA decide to welcome girls into Scouts BSA?

Simply put, because girls and their parents asked.

We heard anecdotes of girls wanting to go camping, earn merit badges and become Eagle Scouts like their brothers, dads or grandfathers.

Those stories were then confirmed by national surveys. The BSA asked girls ages 11 to 17 whether they’re interested in joining BSA programs. Some 90 percent said yes.

The BSA then asked parents whether they’re interested in a program like Boy Scouts for their daughter. Yes, 87 percent said.

Convenience likely plays a big factor in that response from parents. Families are pulled in a million directions these days, so the BSA designed its programs to better fit into busy lives.

3. How does a “linked” troop work in Scouts BSA?

Linked troops are two troops — one for boys and one for girls — that share a chartered organization and may share some or all of the troop committee.

The approach preserves the single-gender troop model while making things more convenient for families.

Linked troops could meet in the same location on the same night. The troop for boys might meet in one room, while the troop for girls meets in another.

Linked troops can share troop numbers, too. Councils have the ability to differentiate an all-boy troop from an all-girl troop in their records.

4. What is the organization’s name?

The organization is still called the Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA is composed of several programs, including Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA (formerly known as Boy Scouts), Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring and STEM Scouts.

5. What do we call a youth member of Scouts BSA?

We’ll call them Scouts, just like today. The term “Scouts BSA members” works fine, too.

Some examples:

  • “I’m a Scout in Troop 123.”
  • “This is my last year in Cub Scouts. Next year, I’ll be in Scouts BSA.”
  • “OK, Scouts, it’s time to elect your senior patrol leader.”
  • “The event will be open to Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA members, Venturers and Sea Scouts.”

6. Are the requirements the same for boys and girls?

Yes, the requirements in all programs are the same for boys and girls.

The BSA, after consulting with Scout volunteers and education experts, confirmed that its existing programs are relevant for young men and young women.

Think about the 12 core elements of Scouting enshrined in the Scout Law. Those are things young men and young women should aspire to be: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

As a result, every requirement in Scouting — from Lion to Arrow of Light, Scout to Eagle Scout, the Venturing Award to the Summit Award — is the same for everyone.

7. Why not keep Boy Scouting and introduce a separate program for girls?

Different program names might lead someone to believe there are different requirements for each program.

Because all single-gender troops will run the same Scouting program, earn the same merit badges and achieve the same ranks, one program name made the most sense.

8. Why have two separate versions of the Scouts BSA Handbook?

The volunteer-led board of directors wanted to ensure Scouts can see themselves represented accurately in the pages, and having two handbooks was the most effective way to do that.

The photos reflect the troop of which the Scout is a member. In other words, boys will see images of other boys in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys; girls will see images of other girls in the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.

When comparing the two, you’ll see the content, requirements and page numbers are exactly the same. All that’s different is the photos.

For more, read this post from last month (scroll to the handbook section).

9. Are there two separate versions of the Scouts BSA uniform?

When you go to your favorite department store to buy a T-shirt or jeans, you find separate fits, styles and sizes for men/boys and women/girls.

The Scouts BSA uniform is no different.

While the fit and styling may be different, the uniforms will remain fundamentally the same.

The Scouts BSA shirt is tan and features a BSA fleur-de-lis emblem and the letters “BSA” in red over the right pocket. It’s available in sizes for girls and women now and will be available for boys and men once the existing inventory of tan shirts, with “BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA” in red over the right pocket, is sold out.

Both are approved for wear in perpetuity.

10. What are the Scouts BSA adult leadership requirements?

Effective, Oct. 1, 2018, two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. This is a change from the previous policy where one leader could be 21 years of age or older with a second leader who could be 18 years of age or older.

For Scouts BSA troops for girls, these are the leadership rules:

  • Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings.
  • Volunteers may be all female or a combination of male and female, but at least two volunteers must be 21 years of age or over and at least one must be female.
  • There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit that is serving females.
  • A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.

For Scouts BSA troops for boys, these are the leadership rules:

  • Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings.
  • Volunteers may be all male, all female, or a combination of male and female, but at least two volunteers must be 21 years of age or over.
  • Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.

Welcome to Scouts BSA


This morning I had the opportunity to attend the signing ceremony for a new troop, chartered to the Roy Elks Lodge.  This new female troop has been waiting for this day for a long time and they have been eager and excited.  Today was the first day female troops could register with the Boy Scouts of America.  We are excited to have them, as well as the five other female troops joining the ranks of the Trapper Trails Council on this milestone day.

I believe all children can benefit from what Scouting has to offer.  From the Scout Oath and Law, respective for the environment, and leadership development, to stretching their spirit of adventure, Scouting helps develop young men and young women of character.  When the National Council made the announcement opening up our program to girls, my daughter called me.  She was so excited about the change and told me she wished it could have happened earlier.  “I would have made a great Eagle Scout, Dad.”  Lauren was right.

Congratulations to our newest Scouts.  Welcome to the Scouting trail.