Tifie’s Center for Enterprise, when completed, will be a learning center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). This center will allow Scouts and other youth from the Council to learn about and gain experience in these vital fields and find new hobbies and potential careers. This has been a busy season for construction on the Center for Enterprise. Under the direction of Camp Ranger Dave Merrill, we have replaced the concrete slabs in the shower area and finished the bathroom floors, finished all the framing, roughed in plumbing and finished electric, and completed the structural bracing. We have also stained and put up the log siding. Construction is now 95% completed and the CFE will be ready for use during Wood Badge in April.
The Perl Training Center’s Service and Support Center, part of the Tom Perl National Youth Leadership/Timberline Training Center, will help youth learn leadership skills and team building. NYLT and Timberline have been an integral part of our youth activities in this Council and thanks to the generosity of Tom Perl, we can expand and enhance our programs. As of this month, we have finished tiling two restrooms in the Perl Center and the large bathroom has a new counter.
We have also been working on restoring and updating the Maple Dell Staff Lodge. Being a staff member at camp is a great experience for youth in our Council and for many serves as the next step in Scouting that helps them prepare to be independent and successful once they leave school. Having a higher quality housing facility for our staff will enhance their experience and attract more youth who can benefit from being on staff. We have replaced the roof and redone the floor with epoxy floor coating. The architect is now in the process of drawing plans and designing the rest of the remodel. We have also leveled 30 tent platforms and put in electrical conduit to the sites. .
The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Nature Center is now fully completed and ready for occupancy at Maple Dell. The Eccles Foundation has expressed their excitement at the completion of the project and have generously donated funds for us to build another such Nature Center at Camp Scofield. We will break ground on the Scofield site as soon as the weather allows us to do so.
Whether you are first time campers in our Council or have attended and loved Tifie, Maple Dell, and Scofield for years, you are sure to notice the beautiful updates at these camps.
Camps aren’t the only ones getting a makeover this season. Our rangers have been hard at work remodeling the warehouse at our Council headquarters so it is more organized and secure. With construction 90% finished, it is already easier for our quartermaster to get supplies and equipment out to troops and volunteers so they can better run their programs.
Stop by our council office or camps to see these updates for yourself.
Author: Utah National Parks Council