By Darryl Alder
Jan 23, 2017

The Surprising Option of Indoor Venues at Scout Camps

What are you doing President’s Day weekend? 

If you aren’t sure of the answer, I have a great ‘secret’ for a Scout troop or a ward or a family.

Maple Dell Boy Scout Camp  allows individuals to book Clyde Lodge (and other camps in the council have something similar) for indoor events. You mean you can get a nice indoor venue at Scout camp? You bet.

The Clyde Lodge is available for a wide variety of events– family gatherings, Thanksgiving for 40, elegant summer parties with white linen dining, wedding receptions, etc.

Family Events

Most recently, we hosted our family New Year’s Eve party at the lodge.


Clyde Lodge is a pretty big place for just four grandchildren. How many could you bring?

I called the Tuesday before and was surprised that no one had reserved it. A family rented it Thursday. We weren’t coming until Friday.

There we were, 16 of us,  at the biggest family slumber party of all. Games, food, video games, movies and board games all interrupted regular play in the snow. The rental fee was worth more than every penny we paid.

It was super fun. My suggestion? Do as I’m doing, follow, follow me.  In other words, rent the place.

Ward/Scout Events

A few weeks ago, I  suggested we rent Clyde Lodge and have a sledding party  for our upcoming combined mutual activity. There wasn’t much interest.  Suddenly, at church a few weeks later, I got a text asking about it.

Come on,” I thought, “I am sitting in Primary and getting texted from the other end of the building.” The Venturers, who were planning the combined activity, had a change of heart and needed my help now. 

I doubted I could arrange something on Sunday for Wednesday, but I was once again surprised it was available. It seems pretty remarkable since there are 1000 wards within a 40 minute driving distance.

In case you were wondering where it is...

In case you were wondering where it is…

It made we wonder if Young Men and Young Women know what a gem Maple Dell Scout Camp is, with the Clyde Lodge, the new Stake Activity Center and the central kitchen remodel. This is just a great place to meet, play and train.

Today, Ward leaders told me  the sledding run was fun and  the lodge was great to keppy warm in. They had hot chocolate in the lodge kitchen and chatted a bit before heading back home.

The camp and lodge are available for any family or church groups on week nights. But, there are many way to use our camps. For example, my former stake president rents out the entire camp each spring for a kind of Aaronic Priesthood Encampment– a great excuse to get youth leaders trained. They run a camporee style event for Venturers, Varsity Scouts and Boy Scouts, while adults teach or take leader specific training.

So I ask you again “What Are You Doing President’s Day Weekend?” and is Maple Dell Scout Camp going to be part of it?

You can reserve facilities at the Orem Service Center, but it best to call the Camp Director,  David A. Johnson at 801-717-5624 or

Just to be sure you are first in line because I just leaked the secret to 130, 000 readers.

Darryl head BW


Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA.

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One thought on “The Surprising Option of Indoor Venues at Scout Camps

  1. AvatarMichelle Carpenter

    I wish I would have known about this option. It would have been great for a wedding reception. I couldn’t find anything cheaper than $300. Anyways, I’m definitely telling my cousin about this! I think it sounds great, just saying.


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