Category Archives: Camping

Rock Canyon
By Randell Keys
Oct 24, 2014

Right Place, Right Time—Being Prepared

Many of us never worry about falling 30 feet. We usually have the correct equipment when we do any climbing and rappelling as illustrated in Elder Richard G. Scott’s video, ‘A Secure Anchor’  In reading through the ‘Pillars of Scouting,’ pillar 5 states, “Be prepared to be good fathers and husbands by following the examples [...]

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By Ken Cluff
Oct 11, 2014

High Adventure Mountainboarding

The best high-adventure treks are planned, and carried out by our Varsity Scout youth. This high-adventure activity on mountain boarding can provide positive learning experiences to help your young men to mature and to prepare them to become responsible adults. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high [...]

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By Gina Bègin
Oct 10, 2014

Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Best Campsite

This is Part IV in a series of getting comfortable with camping. For Part III, see Comfortable Camping: A Beginner’s Guide to Dressing Warm. The properly selected site can do miracles to alleviate your cold camping blues. When sleeping outdoors, there are all kinds of elements to contend with: wind, cold sinks, water, rough surfaces, slopes, [...]

A waterpocket deep inside the Black Hole of White Canyon. White Canyon, Utah.
By Ken Cluff
Sep 18, 2014

The “Black Hole” in White Canyon

Our older Varsity Scouts consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. We need to plan and safely carry out high-adventure treks. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high on Scouting and in the Church. High adventure challenges and inspires our young men, and broadens their leadership skills. This is why [...]

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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 [...]