Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

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By Maloree Anderson
Jun 20, 2016

Scouts and families enjoy the 2016 Maple Dell Scout Show

It was a delightful day to attend the Maple Dell Scout Show. Payson Canyon gave its Scout camp the perfect atmosphere to host a family day. The sun was ablaze, the lake gleaming below, and even wildlife came to investigate what the summer fuss was about. The camp was full of exciting activities for the families to […]

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By Tony Woodard
Jun 19, 2016

Out in God’s Country, Tonight

Living in Utah, many of us experience the outdoors on a regular basis.  We may enjoy camping at our favorite lakeside retreat, hiking to your favorite lookout, fishing at that secret spot, or perhaps, just taking a leisurely drive through the canyons. Scouting gives us the opportunity to share this with our youth.  As Scout […]

Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek
By Steven Baugh
Jun 07, 2016

Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek opens in Hurricane

On June 7, 2016, I had the privilege of attending the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek, located just minutes from the I-15 exit heading toward Hurricane, Utah. The beautiful facility features a 4,000 square-foot pavilion and training center, amphitheater, concrete pads for dining, a large grass area for camping and […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 01, 2016

LDS Safety Guidelines to be Camp Ready

In our council, we will have 54,000 youth and leaders participating in camps and other outdoor activities this summer. With each adventure there will be some risk. As leaders, we need to pay careful attention to the planning and execution of these activities and ensure each one of the participants returns home safely. Please see the guidelines and […]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
May 28, 2016

Safety Moment – A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May 5th, as part of National Water Safety Month, the LDS Church issued a “Safety Moment” which began by asking “What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?”  Those were the first thoughts of one of the LDS Risk Management specialists until he started looking at the statistics. According to the CDC, “Drowning ranks fifth among […]

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By Darryl Alder
May 25, 2016

Boy Scout #HandbookHacks

In late March with the release of the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (click here to buy the digital version), BSA launched a new social media campaign called #HandbookHacks. Introducing this, ScoutingWire wrote: “The handbook is full of life hacks that Scouts can teach their parents, their friends and everyone else. Our first handbook hack […]

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By John Gailey
May 11, 2016

New Merit Badge Adventure Tracks and High Adventure in 2016

Last year we introduced our camp Adventure Tracks—an exciting program for teaching skills, working on merit badges and experiencing challenges in a fun, experiential learning environment instead of in a traditional classroom setting—at Tifie Scout Camp, Scofield Scout Camp and Thunder Ridge Scout Camp and saw exciting results. Experiential learning allows participants to gain firsthand experience with the […]

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By David Johnson
May 07, 2016

5 Things to Do Before You Go to Summer Camp

So you’ve registered your Scouts for summer camp, school is almost out, and the day is fast approaching when you’ll head to camp. What are some things you need to remember in order to have a successful, memorable experience? The best two-word answer I can give is, “Be Prepared.” Here are some helpful tips: 1. Check […]

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By Steven Sutherland
May 06, 2016

Canyoneering—Entrada’s Newest Adventure

Entrada High Adventure Base is a popular choice for individuals who enjoy river trips, shooting sports, mountain biking and climbing/rappelling. Beginning this summer, Entrada is pleased to announce the addition of Canyoneering to their exciting lineup of high adventure opportunities. Situated in a picturesque high desert valley surrounded by red rock buttes, plateaus and alcoves, Entrada’s […]

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By Bob Gowans
May 04, 2016

This Summer at Thunder Ridge Scout Camp

Each morning, as the sun comes over the mountain east of Thunder Ridge Scout Camp this summer, hundreds of Scouts will be preparing for another great adventure. The Merit Badge Adventure Tracks at Thunder Ridge and other Utah National Parks Council camps will engage the Scouts in a full-immersion program, giving them the opportunity to live the […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
May 03, 2016

May is Round Up Time for Cub Scout Camping

Every May Packs get the last chance to recruit new Cub Scouts for your summer adventures. There are many simple activities that units can do to encourage new families to join Scouting, to increase involvement, and to spread the word that Scouting is in their neighborhood. But the bottom line is that boys join Scouting for the outing, […]

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By Community Submission
May 01, 2016

Why No Campfire Program Should be Without a Testimony

Have you noticed that when you gather united in a purpose, you bring the spirit with you? Are we giving youth enough opportunities to gather together, teach, and invite the spirit into our activities, lessons, service projects, and campfires? Yesterday at the Northfield Pleasant Grove Stake Wood Badge Course, President Krist McFarland spoke on gathering […]

By John Gailey
Apr 30, 2016

Can’t I Just Wear a T-Shirt? – Yes!

One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, yet many youth (and some adults) chafe at wearing the Boy Scout tan shirt with all of its patches and emblems. Fortunately for them, a Scout t-shirt is often an acceptable alternative to the classic button-up that still allows the group to build unity, reminds group members […]

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By Community Submission
Apr 16, 2016

Why We Do Hard Things

  Chandler Jeffcoat participated in the Council’s Philmont trek last year. Here, he shares his experiences and talks about the importance of doing hard things: Philmont is a perfect example of why we do and why we should do hard things. It can show you a different perspective on life; but only if you let […]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 11, 2016

What spring training do you need for a safer summer?

Every year in April and May, there is a flurry of questions at the Council Service Center regarding training and certifications needed for summer camp plans. So as an editorial team, we thought we would give readers a quick overview of the possibilities: April is Youth Protection Month: Whether your Youth Protection Training (YPT) is […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Apr 06, 2016

Utah National Parks Council 2015 Annual Report

The Utah National Parks Council would like to present its 2015 Annual Report. The purpose is to communicate the impact that Scouting has in Utah. You will find interesting facts, where the money goes and highlights, along with membership numbers and how the Council is funded. Check it out! or click here to download the printable PDF. […]

Construction Feature
By Maria Milligan
Apr 02, 2016

Construction Update: See What’s Happening at Council Camps

It may be hard for those of us who woke up to a snowstorm last week to believe, but summer really is coming, and soon. Our camp directors and rangers have been hard at work making sure our Council camps are shipshape and ready to accommodate thousands of Boy Scouts, leaders, young women, stakes, and […]

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By Lee Ferrin
Mar 24, 2016

Confidence from Scouting is the Courage to Press Forward Steadfastly

Many have heard the old adage that courage is not the absence of fear, but the mental toughness and determination to press forward in spite of it. The purpose of Scouting is to instill this very courage in young men and young women. We do this by providing them a place and a support structure in which […]