Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

Philmont Feature
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 […]

safety COPE feature
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 […]

MapleDellScoutShow feature
By David Johnson
Mar 23, 2016

EXPO Ticket Fundraiser for Scouts Extended for Scout Show 2016

Utah County Area Boy Scouts are excited to announce Scout Show 2016 to be held Saturday, June 18 from 12pm–6pm at Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson. Another great partnership, with the Smart Savers Card, provides a big opportunity for Scouts to earn money for summer camps and other activities throughout the year via Scout Show […]

Wilderness First Aid Feature
By Darryl Alder
Mar 16, 2016

Why Wilderness First Aid?

Last Saturday, I spent the day with four Varsity Scouts and Venturers and four trek leaders of a group planning a Philmont Adventure. I had been invited to teach them Wilderness First Aid. This is way beyond the merit badge and, in fact, has no badge. It readies youth and adults to respond to medical situations when they are far […]

Frontiersman Feature
By David Johnson
Mar 09, 2016

Mission Preparation Adventure at Maple Dell

Introducing Maple Dell’s New Varsity/Venturing Program What is your son doing this summer for mission preparation?  Hopefully he has a good job making decent money that he can sock away in his bank account, but what about emotional and spiritual preparation? How does he “earn” some of these things to be stored away? To introduce one […]

Entrada Feature
By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 07, 2016

Ten Ways Camp Builds Confidence

Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things and build self-confidence. These opportunities help them when they are young and shape their adult lives with important values. “Be prepared by learning too do hard things. A young man will gain confidence, learn leadership skills and prepare for the future as a son of God.” – Pillar 4 […]

Eagle Feature
By Bob Gowans
Mar 02, 2016

This Bird Wants YOU at Camp

Attention Scouters! Early Bird Deadline is Nearing Fast. Register now and take advantage of discounts on 2016 fees at Council Camps and High Adventure Bases.  Groups that register and pay in full before April 1st for the 2016 camp season receive a $10 per person discount on the camp fees for all camps. That means your crew, […]

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By Steven Sutherland
Feb 28, 2016

How Scout Camp Prepares the Rising Generation of Missionaries

Whenever a young man can get away from home, especially in the great out-of-doors, and experience new things, this creates within him a greater perspective on life. It sets him apart from many of his non-Scout peers by giving him wholesome, positive and unique experiences to build a solid foundation of core values and attributes. […]

Heaton Feature
By Shaun Heaton
Feb 21, 2016

Three Brothers Chat on Why Scouting Matters

Shaun Heaton, long time Scouter, pulled three of his Eagle Scout sons together to share how the Six Pillars for communication with LDS leaders played out in each of their lives. Shaun presents each of these pillars to his sons’ for their responses in the video below: (A transcript of this interview follows the video.) Pillar 1: Testimony […]

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By Shaun Heaton
Feb 21, 2016

Eagle Scouts Discuss How Scouting Prepared Them for Their Missions

To help us understand March’s theme on Pillar 3 of the Six Pillars of Being Prepared, Shaun Heaton, a long time Scouter and current Scoutmaster in Troop 444, chartered by the Orem Sunset Heights Fourth Ward, collected thoughts from his Eagle Scout sons on the subject. Here are some of their responses: I feel like this ties in a lot with […]

Feature Fried Pickle
By Darryl Alder
Feb 20, 2016

Why Scouts Need to Fry Pickles and Oreos

I was at the University of Scouting learning from John Gilbert the how and why of cooking these two items. But before I tell you how, let me tell you about the circumstance. There were two sessions of about 20 each, so John divided them into patrol sized groups. In minutes, they were working in teams rolling […]

Feature Bike
By Melinda Hotchkiss
Jan 30, 2016

Finding Scouting Again

I grew up in a home where Scouting was a big part of our life despite the fact I was an only child and a girl. My dad served as the Webelos den leader or 11-year-old Scout leader for several years and often times I would tag along to help him. Some of my fondest […]