Category Archives: Camping

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 24, 2014

Scout Pioneering – Good, Ol’Fashioned, Outdoor, Scouting Fun for the 21st Century!

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah—168 years ago pioneers were entering the Salt Lake Valley. In commemoration, there are celebrations all over the state. In my town, Provo, it all centers around North Park activities that include wagon rides, mountain men, wood carving, caskets and coffins, wooden tops, tomahawk throwing, trading blanket, native American village, [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 17, 2014

World Jamboree: A Spirit of Unity

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. A few lucky Boy Scouts and Venturers will spend 12 days in Japan with 30,000 Scouts and leaders from across the globe and odds are 19 out of every 20 people you’ll [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Jul 15, 2014

Boy Scouts are Now Officially Messin’ with Sasquasatch

According to Guy Edwards, from the Big Foot Lunch Club:  “The alternate title to this post was, ‘Sasquatch is the official protein for Boy Scouts,’  but discretion got the better of me. In the new video promoting Jack Link’s as the official protein of the Boy Scouts. Our familiar friend makes a cameo at the [...]

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By Myrle Astrope
Jul 09, 2014

A “Yeoman’s Effort”

William Peterson, Alpine District Camping Committee Chairman, achieved a 100% on the “2013 Camping Activity Report” for all 301 units in the Alpine District. How was this accomplished? In his own words, Peterson stated: “This last spring, the Hotametaneo’o Chapter of the Order of the Arrow delivered camp promotion packets to the homes of each [...]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Jul 08, 2014

Safety in LDS Church Activities

May 15, 2014, the Office of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints sent the following letter to General Authorities, area Seventies, Stake, Mission and District Presidents, Bishops and Branch Presidents: Included with letter was the following: Reaffirming Safety Guidelines for Activities May 15, 2014 Following are general guidelines for planning [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 05, 2014

Conservation and Scouting

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. . . . Moreover, I believe that the natural [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jun 23, 2014

Scout Training Was the Answer

“Scout training changed me; more important, it changed the young men.” While serving as the bishop of my ward, I thought I was too busy to attend Scout training. As a result, after being released as bishop and called as Varsity coach, I wasn’t sure what a Varsity coach was or did. What I did [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 11, 2014

Webelos take Adventure to Buckhollow

I’ve been a Webelos leader twice; both times I took my scouts to Jeremiah Johnson Cub Scout Day Camp, which was a lot of fun, but there is something new for 10 year-olds at Webelos Wilderness Adventure. Most Webelos are ready for more rugged day camping than Cub Scouts and Buck Hollow is a great introduction [...]

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By Community Submission
Jun 06, 2014

InsideSales.com Do Good Foundation Transforms Maple Dell Scout Camp

Maple Dell Scout Camp is one of the oldest camps serving young men and women with summer camping and high-adventure activities in Utah. Following years of camping fun, the historical camp is showing its age. One Provo company, InsideSales.com, the leading cloud-based sales acceleration technology company, is doing something about that by donating revenue and [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Jun 04, 2014

Boat Camping

Let’s include all kinds of water craft, canoes, kayaks, power boats and inflatable rafts. Time spent on the water and at a primitive camp is unforgettable and cherished Varsity Scout time together. The Program Feature book (see canoe camping and Safety a Float) has a vast amount of information and covers this activity quite well. (Also note the float trips at Utahscouts.org) [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jun 02, 2014

Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace Training

“When you leave (the camp), leave nothing but your thanks and a good name.” Lord Baden-Powell Since outdoor life is one of our key methods for teaching youth, no place in Scouting is more important than the outdoors.  According to Keith Abraham, Utah National Parks Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has begun to use [...]

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By Bob Gowans
May 07, 2014

LDS Stake Encampment at Council Properties

In cooperation with the Utah National Parks Council, your Stake can organize an encampment to help fulfill your own Priesthood purposes by leveraging the program expertise and safety features offered through the Councils camps.  This will also relieve any “undue burdens” that are often placed on leaders to organize these camps.  This method will assist [...]

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By Ken Cluff
May 05, 2014

Fly-Fishing

Fly-fishing is probably the world’s oldest recorded method of angling. The fishermen of those early days of fly-fishing began to dress up hooks to look like insects which, they noticed, the local fish were eating. In addition to using these ‘‘insects,’’ the early fishermen found that using a light, limber rod also made catching supper [...]