Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Group Arrow of Light by Order of the Arrow UPDATE:

Hello Everyone,
We will be holding a general Arrow of light presentation this Friday evening at 6:30 (place left out by Angela. Contact Adam for details.)If any one would like to join us, they can notify me at I will do my best to make sure we have sufficient arrows to gift to their scouts.  
By way of formality, it would be appropriate to have a representative from your 11 year old scout troop to "receive and welcome" the graduating cub into the Boy scout troop.  Individual packs are expected to bring their own Arrow of light patch so we can integrate it into the ceremony. There will be an opportunity for exchanging of Parents awards as well.  

We will be holding our next Arrow of Light commencement ceremony on January 24th and it will be an indoor ceremony.  Annually we expect to hold these ceremonies in the months of September, January and May, typically the last Friday of these months.  Sorry of the last minute plans at this time, this being our first, we are anxious to get started and hope to create more transparency as we roll forward.  
Porter Rockwell Chapter Officers and Advisors

Saturday, August 24, 2013

LDS-BSA Thomas S. Monson Award

Below is a portion of the article.  For the full article, to view a picture of the award, and to order the award, visit

"The Thomas S. Monson award may be earned by youth and adults of all ages.  It was introduced at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

To earn the Thomas S. Monson Award, complete the following two requirements and at least four electives.

1.Read “100 Years of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” which is included on this card. With your family or a Scout leader, discuss two things you learned from this history.
2.Read “Run, Boy, Run,” (which is included in the article), and write your feelings about this story in your journal.

1.Complete at least two requirements toward earning the Genealogy merit badge.
2.Complete at least two requirements toward earning the Family Life merit badge.
3.Memorize the thirteenth article of faith, and discuss with your family or a leader how this article of faith and the Scout Law support each other.
4.Meet two youth outside of your area and discuss with them how Scouting has benefited your life or the life of a Scout you know.
5.Share your feelings about doing your duty to God with your family, a friend of another faith, or a leader"

Monday, August 12, 2013


A Cubanapolis is such a fun pack activity for the whole family. It can be done any time of the year, because it can be done indoors or outdoors. (For instructions, click the highlighted "Cubanapolis" above.) The boys (with their family ... not necessarily strictly done by the boy, as n the Pinewood Derby) create a vehicle from a box, paint it, then race wearing it, while their families act as their pit crews and their cheerleaders. Watching the race is, itself, a hoot!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Den Chiefs: Your Heroes

Den Chiefs are an underused part of the scouting program.  They need to be a registered and "experienced Boy Scout, ideally First Class or above Varsity Scout, or Venturer". Cub Scout Leader Book, pg 65.  Generally 13 years old is a good age to start.  They are assigned to a den and are there to serve as a helper, role model, and friend to the scouts.  

They can help set up and take down; teach basic skills, games, songs, skits, etc.; be an example of a good scout and a friend to the cubs; take part in den meetings; be the activities assistant; and help the boys achieve the cub scout aims and purposes.  They DO NOT punish scouts or plan full den meetings

To best use your den chiefs, meet with them before and/or after each meeting and review the meeting.  Sometimes they see things that den leaders don't.  Talk about how things went.  Then give specific assignments for the next den or pack meeting.   For example, "John, next week can you prepare a gathering activity for the boys?  We will also have a craft project, so if you can set out these papers and markers while I explain that would be awesome.  Finally, the boys need to run through our skit for pack meeting.  Can you help them while I check off books? "  

They are there to help, be a good example, and encourage the boys to continue in scouting.  If you do not have a den chief, they are "selected by the senior patrol leader and Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, or Venturing Advisor at the request of the Cubmaster." Cub Scout Leader Book, pg 65 They are then approved by the Cubmaster and pack committee.   

They do need to complete Den Chief Training.  This can be done online or, preferrably, through the District Training.  There will be a den chief training as part of the Council Cub Pow Wow on August 24.  The next District sponsored one will be held in November.  Check the Training page on this blog for more information.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to comment or contact Melissa Graham with any questions.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Introducing .... Personal Safety Awareness

The Utah National Parks Council
Porter Rockwell District

Personal Safety Awareness Program

Use these links to access the images for the requirements and the certificate.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Day Camp Preparedness Checklist

Here is a link to a Day Camp Checklist.  This is specific to Jeremiah Johnson Day Camp and Porter Rockwell District Day Camp, but I'm sure it'll help for any Cub Scout Day Camp.