Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

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By Dae Richey
Feb 18, 2017

Council Rentals Now Available!

Want decorations for your Scouting Ceremony? Need some equipment for weekend campouts? Well, look no further. Rentals are now available at the Utah National Parks Council. Visit the Outdoor Center to view numerous choices available to make a Court of Honor, pack meeting, Blue and Gold Banquet, or even an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony look […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 16, 2017

Council Outdoor Center Grand Opening March 17th, “We’ll Put the ‘Outing’ in Scouting”

In our ongoing attempt to better serve our Scouting partners, leaders and parents, the Utah National Parks Council is excited to announce the Grand Opening of our new Council Trading Post and Outdoor Center! All Scouting leaders and the general public are invited to attend our Grand Opening on March 17, 2017 or drop in any […]

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By Debbie Spoons
Feb 11, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

Scout leaders, get ready for Spring and Summer climbing and rappelling trips now. This exciting part of Scouting comes with great risk, so BSA has training to get you safe and ready. To take youth climbing, rappelling or canyoneering, this certification is required by BSA before you leave on your adventure. Two Courses Available in Springville and […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jan 25, 2017

16 Cold Weather Camping Tips

Snowdrifts have a habit of swallowing up unattended camping gear. Melted snow can soak  unprotected clothing, equipment and food.  But, with each winter camping trip,  you will figure out a few more ways to make your cold weather adventures more rewarding. Here are a few winter camping tips from the Fieldbook: Organize provisions and extra clothing […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jan 23, 2017

The Surprising Option of Indoor Venues at Scout Camps

What are you doing President’s Day weekend?  If you aren’t sure of the answer, I have a great ‘secret’ for a Scout troop or a ward or a family. Maple Dell Boy Scout Camp  allows individuals to book Clyde Lodge (and other camps in the council have something similar) for indoor events. You mean you can […]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 10, 2016

Safety Share: Winter Safety Tips

This week the LDS Church Risk Management team released this Safety Share for December: “It is the most wonderful time of the year”, so says the famous Christmas song and we are heading into the winter season, at least in climates of the northern hemisphere where cold and snow are present. For those who live […]

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By John Gailey
Nov 26, 2016

Sell Scout Show Discount Cards and Raise Money for Summer Camp

Beginning December 1st, individuals, Cub packs, Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venturing crews, Young Women groups, and Youth Ministry groups can begin selling discount cards to raise money for their summer camp! Sales begin December 1, 2016 and go to March 1, 2017. The Discount Card includes admission to the Big Outdoors Expo and Scout Show […]

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By David Johnson
Nov 09, 2016

Cabela’s Donates Hours of Service for Maple Dell Scout Camp

In late September Joe Haycock, Cabela’s Marketing Manager/PR Liaison, contacted the Utah National Parks Council and told us that they like to do an annual service project and they wanted to volunteer to help the Boy Scouts in Utah County. Joe was quickly routed to me where we discussed several different service projects they might […]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 03, 2016

Bring your Stakes and Wards to Camp

For the past several years, the Utah National Parks Council has worked to make its summer camps more accessible to and useful for groups from the LDS Church (our largest chartered partner). These efforts have included new buildings, programs, and materials designed for large, diverse groups. Every church group has different ideas of what they […]

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By John Gailey
Nov 02, 2016

Going to Camp in Style!

When going to camp or a high adventure, you’ve got to go in style, right? And having a shirt that is customized to your troop/team/crew/ward is even better! Why a Common Shirt? One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, including activity shirts. Having the entire group dressed the same builds unity within […]

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By David Johnson
Oct 29, 2016

Want to Know How Our Scout Properties and Facilities Accomplish Your Group’s Objectives?

It’s a beautiful thing to see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grow, especially in these troubled times. The State of Utah is also growing due to its economic stability and job opportunities, and as it becomes recognized around the country as a bastion of American values and decency. With population growth come […]

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By Kevin Hunt
Oct 20, 2016

Memories of a Gnubie Hike to Four Peaks and Similar Places

I’ve been sharing memories of the good ol’ days when I was a Gnubie in Troop 155.  Some of the places we hiked were a bit traumatic – but in spite of the trauma, I have some great memories of a Gnubie hike to Four Peaks and similar places.  (And at my age, the memories […]

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By Bob Gowans
Oct 19, 2016

Are You Making Your 2017 Summer Camp Plans?

Are you making your 2017 summer camp plans? Now is the time to be doing it; there are great opportunities ahead for every young man to participate in.  The Utah National Parks Council offers a wide variety of camping experiences for Troops, Teams, Crews, Church youth groups, Young Women camps and just about anything you can […]

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BSA Maple Dell Scout Camp

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By Steven Sutherland
Oct 14, 2016

How to Use Our Camp Adventure Tracks to Build Boys

We are aligning our camp programs with the great vision of prophets and Scouting founders: “Scouting brings out the best in each of us.  Help others to hike the trails, to keep steadfast in the paths of truth, honor, duty… that all can soar together on eagle’s wings.” -President Thomas S. Monson   “When I […]

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By Kevin Hunt
Oct 06, 2016

Scout Camp Program Director’s Summer Journal

  “Wait, a minute,” you may say, “What does Camp New Fork have to do with me?”  Well, Scouting is Scouting wherever it may be, so this may be of interest in any other councils. Before the summer of 2016 began, I wrote in a blog about my Hunt family plans for the coming summer. In […]

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By David Johnson
Oct 01, 2016

Fall Activities for Youth Groups and Families at Maple Dell Scout Camp

Attention young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and families groups: Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon is holding a fantastic off-season activities for you! Enjoy the high COPE course and zipline, rifle shooting, or hike through the ghost trails during the month of October. Haunted Ghost Trails Tis’ the season to be […]

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By Ryan Bertram
Sep 30, 2016

Got Moab? Experience Fall Break at Entrada High-Adventure Base

Fall break, Oct. 20-22, is the perfect time to head to Entrada High Adventure Base near Moab, UT for a weekend of high adventure activities for a couple of reasons. One reason is for the moderate weather conditions in beautiful red rock country, and two for discounted canyoneering, biking and optional Geology Merit Badge course […]

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By Maloree Anderson
Sep 26, 2016

Scouts Set Sail in Salem

Not even the rain could stop these tenacious Scouts. Thanks to our partnership with the Sea Scouts ship sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, boys had a chance to earn their sailing merit badge at Salem Pond in a Merit Badge Adventure. A cold, constant drizzle didn’t discourage them as they eagerly gathered around each station learning the ins […]