Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

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BSA Thunder Ridge Scout Camp

July 17, 2014

Photography by Mark A. Philbrick
By Maria Milligan
Sep 21, 2016

Thanks to the NRA Foundation, Shooting Sports Thrive at Camp

If you’ve ever participated in shooting sports at a Utah National Parks Council camp, you’ve been the beneficiary of the NRA’s generosity. Thanks to a long-standing relationship with the NRA Foundation, council camps have received new equipment and facilities to ensure youth stay safe and have fun while learning about shooting sports. Every camp in […]

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By John Gailey
Sep 19, 2016

Earn Merit Badges and Campout at Council Camps Year-Round

I have been a Scout leader for many years. As a Scout leader, there were a number of things that I constantly worried about. You perhaps have worried about them as well. They include: Giving plenty of opportunities for my boys to advance up to the Eagle rank Getting in the monthly campouts (including finding […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 17, 2016

Five Unusual Uses for Maple Dell Scout Camp

You might think Maple Dell Scout Camp is an ideal place to take Scouts camping, and you’re right. It’s proximity to nature, updated facilities, and hip camp staff are enough to make any teenage boy’s head spin. But, here are some unusual uses for the camp you might not have considered: 1. Throw a playful […]

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By Scott Major
Sep 16, 2016

Lessons Learned After Scout Camp

As a camp director and district executive it is my sincere hope that when Scouts go to summer camp, they learn important lessons. These lessons can be in many forms; among them can be spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, or even Scouting basics. I have the opportunity to hear many stories about what Scouts learn during their time […]

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By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 10, 2016

Maple Dell Stake Activity Center Dedication Elicits Spirit of Giving

Two college-aged girls assisted a couple rock climbing. A shooting sports director supervised young Scouts pointing guns at targets. Two grandparents walked up the mountain so their grandkids could take the golf cart. On Friday, September 7th, I went to Maple Dell Scout Camp for the dedication of the new Stake Activity Center. Prior to […]

Showers at new Stake Activity Center
By Darryl Alder
Aug 29, 2016

Stake Activity Center Adds to Maple Dell Scout Camp’s Long History

Maple Dell Scout Camp which first opened in the late 1940’s was transformed yet again this summer as we completed a stake activity center there. This new pavilion, which is so much more than just a pavilion, joins with the new one at Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek serving families, church groups and of course, Scouts […]

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By Maloree Anderson
Aug 20, 2016

Great Weekend Camping Spots for Scouts in Utah

Earlier this year, I attended the “Great Camping Spots” class during the 2016 University of Scouting. The instructor started the session by giving a few things to consider before you plan your Scout camping trip: Are you camping at an actual site or backpacking to a spot? Think about the time of year and the location. What […]

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By Susan Cheever
Aug 08, 2016

Partner and Pal Campout for Cub Scouts and Family Sept 9th-10th

Looking for a great inexpensive family activity that takes you outdoors and away from technology and other distractions? Join us September 9–10 at Camp Jeremiah Johnson for the Partner and Pal Camp-out. Register for this event here! Parents and children will participate together in Boats, archery, shooting BB guns, fishing, and climbing a bouldering wall. […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Aug 06, 2016

Safety Share: Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving, or sometimes as it is known, death by zzzzzz, is one of the most serious risks a Scout can encounter on any trip. Think back to your last camp out and that is where this Safety Share begins at the LDS-BSA blog  with these opening lines: “It is late after­noon. You just fin­ished clean­ing up the last of […]

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By Don Larson
Jul 10, 2016

How Do You Find Duty to God in the Wilderness?

That was the question, “how do you maintain “duty to God when you are at camp or on overnighters?” We asked this question to a group of about twenty-five Scoutmasters who had gathered for a “Munch and Mingle” before regular Scoutmaster meeting at Blue Mountain Scout Camp a couple of weeks ago. We spent nearly […]

Pack Committee on log
By Darryl Alder
Jul 05, 2016

The Pack Outdoor Activity Coordinator

The pack outdoor activity coordinator helps the boys get what they want most out of Scouting—camping, hiking and outdoor adventure. Your job is to help them develop a love for the outdoors. Specifically, you will: Help the Cubmaster plan and arrange for outdoor activities. Arrange for property and fire permits and tour and activity plans when required. […]

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By Maria Milligan
Jul 02, 2016

Construction Update: See What’s Happening at Council Camps

Summer camp is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean construction stops. Our rangers have been working hard (sometimes dodging Scouts) to finish camp projects that will help Scouts have fun, learn new things, and keep on having adventures for years to come. Here’s a progress report for camp capital improvements: Beaver High Adventure Base […]

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By John Gailey
Jun 24, 2016

Council Camps are NOT just for Summer!

Nearly two years ago, we explained that the Utah National Parks Council offers its twelve camping properties for ward and stake uses in a variety of settings. Since that time, more than 100 LDS wards and stakes have requested information on our programs, but you don’t have to wait for “our programs” to make a request of […]

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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 […]

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By Pualani Graham
Jun 08, 2016

Advancement at Summer Camp—Getting Ready

Scouts are heading into the woods this week at our summer camps and all across the country. There they will sit around the campfire and smell the “smoke at twilight.” A great deal of advancement goes on at these summer camps, and it is important that you know that both the council advancement and camping committees […]

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 […]