Category Archives: Camping

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By Gina Bègin
Sep 12, 2014

Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Tents

This is Part I in a series of getting comfortable with camping. For more, see Part II: Choosing a Sleeping Bag & Pad. Your friends are planning an incredible multi-day trip at a nearby national park and everyone is buzzing with excitement about ditching the “four walls” and getting into nature—that is, everyone but you. Does [...]

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By Melany Gardner
Sep 11, 2014

Friends of Scouting: Blake Barney and Clyde Companies

Historical Maple Dell Scout Camp which first opened in the late 1940′s was transformed this summer all thanks to several individuals and companies who took action to renew the camp cherished by generations of Scouts and leaders in Utah Valley. The renovation required a total overhaul of the marshy Maple Dell Lake which had cattails [...]

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By Daily Herald
Sep 10, 2014

Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333

  OREM – Venture Crew adviser Darrin Mellor stood and grinned from his garage while watching about a dozen 18- to 19-year-old boys building kayaks. Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333. They seem to ebb and flow from Mellor’s Orem home working on various stages of preparing their one-man kayaks. One is just piecing together [...]

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By Community Submission
Sep 08, 2014

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act—a Call to Service

The Pleasant Grove District of the Forest Service is planning a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It seems like an ideal activity for Boy Scouts so I was hoping to get the word out to the troops that could potentially participate. Here are the details: The date is September 20th. They [...]

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By Community Submission
Sep 06, 2014

23rd WORLD JAMBOREE 2015, JAPAN

From July 28 to August 8, 2015, more than 30,000 scouts and leaders from 161 countries will gather in Southern Japan at Kirara-Hama, in Yamaguchi Prefecture.For 12 days, you will have the unique opportunity to meet and make friends with many scouts from many parts of the world.  This will be one of the most [...]

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By Gina Bègin
Sep 05, 2014

Rock Climbing Basics: 5 Tips for Every Beginner

NOTE:  Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower. To prevent risk you are expected to read and comply with this document You’ve got the equipment and know where your first forays into the [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 03, 2014

Planning for Safety and Incident Reporting

An injury that doesn’t happen needs no treatment. An emergency that doesn’t occur requires no response. An illness that doesn’t develop demands no remedy. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management. Risk management is so much a part of outdoor adventures [...]

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By Community Submission
Sep 02, 2014

Utah Wilderness 50—the Celebration Begins

To recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, as well our own wild lands in Utah, the Utah Chapter Sierra Club has partnered with the Natural History Museum of Utah to create “Utah Wilderness 50: A Photographic Celebration of Wild Utah.”  Internationally recognized photographers James Kay, Tom Till, Rosalie Winard, and Stephen Trimble reviewed [...]

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By Gina Bègin
Aug 29, 2014

How to Pack a Backpack

Gina Bègin from the ReadyProject™ Blog is at it again, getting us all ready for this holiday weekend with tips on how to pack your back. It may not be the Boy Scout way, but it works for her. By the way Boy’s Life has some tips on how to buy the right bag here. [...]

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By Scouting Magazine
Aug 28, 2014

Make your own Hudson Bay bread

Try this hearty “bread”—that’s more like a granola bar—when you’re out on the trail. It’s filling, high in needed calories, and it tastes great when slathered with peanut butter or jelly (or both!). Hudson Bay bread is a signature trail snack at Northern Tier. HUDSON BAY BREAD  1½ lbs. margarine or butter 4 cups sugar [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 26, 2014

The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting

The Scouting program has three specific objectives, known as the “Aims of Scouting.” They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods are designed to accomplish the aims. Thus it is important you know and use the methods of Boys Scouting. Other methods may be good, but they will bring results quite different than we [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 23, 2014

Camp Is Not Just for Scouts Anymore

The Council has moved a long way from the usual 70 days of summer operation by adding youth conferences, Young Women’s camps, Primary Activity Days, training workshops, business meetings and family reunions, at our camps. This week, our family is at Mountain Dell Scout Ranch enjoying early fall. As we checked into camp, a group from [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 18, 2014

A Few Answers to BSA Insurance Coverage Questions

I’ve just returned from a week at Philmont, where I received BSA Risk Management Training. The mantra of Enterprise Risk Management is not to say “no” but to help Scouters “know.” Below are brief outlines of insurance coverages you should know are available to volunteers and chartered organizations. Comprehensive General Liability Insurance This coverage provides [...]

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By Keith Abraham
Aug 13, 2014

Outdoor Ethics

Keith Abraham the Council and Area Outdoor Ethics Advocate writes:  “After a quick explanation of what Outdoor Ethics is I have listed the actual/potential value that an ongoing emphasis of these ethics brings to the Council properties, Scouts, their families, and everyone else in our Council and the surrounding area. “Additionally I have listed the [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 05, 2014

General Health and Safety FAQs

Every Summer the phones at our Scout Service Centers with safety questions. The most common can be answered here: Annual Health and Medical Record, tour and activity plan, shooting sports program. But here are several others we often get: Age-Appropriate Guidelines Q. Can Scouts use zip lines? A. Zip-lining is considered age-appropriate for Venturing-age youth [...]